Fifa has launched a fund to give away 120,000 free tickets to poor South Africans for the 2010 World Cup.
The tickets will given to people involved in social development in the country as a reward for their efforts.
“The tickets will enable people who would never have had a chance to attend the World Cup games to see the event,” said Danny Jordaan, chief of the LOC.
Fifa already set low prices for South Africans, starting at US$17 compared to US$80 for international tickets.
But with more than a quarter of the work force unemployed, and many of those who do have jobs earning US$10 a day or less, even cheap seats are out of reach.
Some 40 000 tickets have been allocated to construction workers who are building stadiums to be used for the tournament but other citizens must pay to watch the matches.
“I urge those who can afford to buy tickets to go and buy them now, the free tickets are targeted at very specific people,” said Jordaan.
The second phase of ticket application is closing on 16 November.
It will be the first time the Fifa World Cup is played on African soil.
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