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March 02, 2010

100 Days to Kick-off – Live it. Love it. LOUDER!

cape town diski dance

School children from around Cape Town perform a diski dance outside Cape Town Stadium. Photo by Roy Barford

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 marked 100 days to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ kick-off, and Cape Town is celebrating in style. The morning started with a group of proud Capetonians walking the 2.6km fan mile route to Cape Town Stadium from St. Georges Mall. They then went for a trip around town on a City Sightseeing Bus.

After a breakfast held at Cape Town Stadium on March 1, 2010, marking the start of an official FIFA tour around South Africa to visit all the stadiums, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke stated that it was the first stadium they had visited that was perfect; from the architecture, infrastructure and facilities, to the pitch.

Working with the Department of Sports and Recreation, and Gymnastics for All, Cape Town Tourism staged a diski dance featuring 570 children between six and 16 years old, from Khayelitsha, Atlantis, Mitchells Plain and Somerset West, among others. Executive mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, welcomed journalists, stakeholders and the children to the event held at the Cape Town Stadium.

Here’s how you can Live it. Love it. LOUDER! on 100 Days to Kick-off and beyond:

  • Fly the South African flag, sing our national anthem and back our national soccer team, Bafana Bafana! Wear your soccer shirt or jersey on Soccer Fridays and blow your vuvuzela.
  • Get a dose of football fever by being part of the signing of the Hyundai Goodwill Ball at Canal Walk Shopping Centre on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 11h00 and Cape Gate Shopping Centre on Saturday March 6, 2010. The giant ball has finally rolled into Cape Town bearing the signatures and messages of goodwill from famous South Africans, such as Loyiso Bala, Emmanuel Castis, Roland Schoeman, Hlubi Mboya and Vanessa Haywood. Members of the public are invited to attend the signing of the Goodwill Ball in their coolest soccer kit and those soccer fans who live it LOUDEST at 12h00 on the day, will be in the running to win a set of double tickets to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
  • Be inspired by Cape Town Tourism’s 100 Days to Kick-off event and learn the steps to the diski dance.
  • Go on a guided tour of Cape Town Stadium. Tours are scheduled for 10h00, 12h00 and 14h00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the cost is R50 for adult,s R30 for students and pensioners and R20 for scholars in uniform and children under the age of 12.  Please contact Tharwat Adams on 021 430 7300 or via email at visitors@sailstadefrance.co.za to make a booking.
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