It’s less than 100 days until the world’s biggest football spectacle kicks off on African soil, and South Africa, the host nation, is gripped by euphoria as it counts down.
The country marked 100 days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup in original local vibe. Song and dance characterised celebrations in Sandton,
The nation’s flags were hoisted high by many and the green and yellow jerseys of the South African national team signified the nation’s exhilaration.
The street event in Sandton, organised by the City of
“[The excitement] is about
“What an amazing day. It is 100 days to go. We will have an incredible event in
Ngcayisa, who runs a charitable campaign supplying underprivileged children with new school shoes, brought the message home to fellow South Africans that their visitors will expect nothing but ubuntu when they arrive in June. “It is up to us to ensure that the people who come here are treated with the utmost respect.”
Sorina “The Flooze” Erasmus from popular local soapie 7de Laan was one of the stars of the event and got everyone hyped up about the Diski Dance, a dance style she, like many other South Africans, seems to have perfected.
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City employee Smokey de Clown, as he identified himself, could have easily won a prize for best dressed South African on the day. With a painted face and a strange outfit, designed from his work uniform, De Clown was a real clown, but he had an important message for tourists: “We want to show the world that Joburg is ready. Bring the world cup to Joburg.”
Thanks for Football Fridays
David Mabu is one of those colourful football fanatics who never misses a Bafana Bafana game. Mabu, a staunch Kaizer Chiefs supporter, was visibly excited as he moved and swayed with the singing crowd. “I’m the happiest fan… I’m even happy that South Africans are starting to get excited.
“We’re the luckiest generation. This did not happen in our fathers’ time, but it’s happening in 2010,” said Mabu.
He’s grateful for Football Fridays, the campaign spearheaded by the International Marketing Council that urges people to wear a football jersey every Friday until the World Cup kicks off. “I’m impressed by whoever created the Football Fridays concept. People are starting to buy Bafana jerseys, that will inspire the team.”
Encouraging Bafana Bafana
Nobody doubts that the nation will get behind Bafana. The vuvuzela has become an unstoppable phenomenon and it will be blaring in support of the team. The nation will sing songs of support and the world will know that “
“We should encourage Bafana Bafana in whatever way we can,” said Benedict Majatladi from Alexandra.
“We know what Bafana needs, they need power. The power inside of you can do wonders,” said singer Lulu Dikana, exhorting the national squad.
The main event marking the 100 days remaining to the first match, which sees
“South Africans are excited for a good reason,” President Jacob Zuma said at an event in the