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March 02, 2010

Cape Town celebrates 100 days to go

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Children having fun during the diski dance. Photo by Roy Barford

About 570 school children from around Cape Town, as well as 80 guests, celebrated the 100th day before the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™ by diski dancing outside Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.

The children, aged between eight and 16, came from gymnastics groups around Cape Town. They danced and cheered enthusiastically, despite immense heat. They were lead by singer and dancer, Amanda Maartens, of Cape Town band Coda.

Cape Town Tourism’s Destination Marketing Manager Lianne Burton said that it was “great for young Capetonians to have a sense of pride and a sense of responsibility”.

She encouraged the children to remain enthusiastic and help Cape Town “welcome the world in style”.

Executive mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, praised the children for their energy, and reminded them that they were as much a part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™ as anyone else.

He confirmed his support for Bafana Bafana, and said he would remain a staunch supporter, regardless of their current form. He encouraged others to support the national team in South African style.

“With our vuvuzelas, we will blow the other teams away!” he said.

FIFA announced this week that they believed Cape Town would be 100% ready for the event, which starts on June 11.

“Cape Town can do it!” Plato chanted over and over, as the 570 children joined him.

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