SAfrican politician: no WCup transport crisis

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's transportation minister says the gridlock and parking problems seen before some World Cup warmup matches won't be repeated once the tournament begins.

Minister Sibusiso Ndebele spoke Tuesday as Johannesburg's first fast train, Gautrain, hit the tracks for the first time, making a journey from Johannesburg's main airport into one of the city's business districts, a 12-minute ride.

"The World Cup is not just about sport, it is more about transport," Ndebele said. "The Gautrain is a clear demonstration of world-class comfort."

An intercity bus service will also help transport people to various fan parks and stadiums within the city.

Many of Johannesburg's roads remain under construction as fans arrive for the World Cup, which kicks off Friday. Ndebele urged fans to use public transport system.