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October 06, 2009

Du Noon kids play soccer on Blaauwberg beach

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Blaauwberg Municipality and Cape Town Tourism brought World Tourism Day alive for children from Du Noon on Sunday September 27, with a fun day on the beach.

Du Noon is an informal settlement situated to the east of Table View and north of Killarney Gardens. The people who live in Du Noon are very poor and many live in simple structures and shacks.

Unemployment levels are high, and many of those who are being employed are domestic workers in the nearby affluent areas. Youngsters in the community don’t have access to much sport and recreation.

Blaauwberg Visitor Information Centre (VIC) played host to the youngsters as part of the team’s World Tourism Day celebrations.

For some young boys, it was the first time they had been to the ocean. They got to see a different side of Cape Town and enjoyed the question-and-answer session from the Cape Town Tourism team as well as the fun and games on the beach.

From the magnificent vantage point of the VIC and the beach, the youngsters were orientated to the city centre and the famous Table Mountain view across the bay as well as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

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It was perfect weather for a game of soccer on the beach and Du Noon’s boys really know how to put on a show. Four teams played one another and the winning teams’ players walked away with their very own vuvuzela and soccer ball to continue practising their skills.

The beach was shared that morning with kite flyers and kite surfers playing in the waves surrounding the Turkish freight ship that has been stranded on the Blaauwberg beach for a few weeks now. The oil from the tanker has been safely removed and work is under way to begin dismantling the vessel for complete disposal. Onlookers couldn’t resist a picture of our well-dressed teams, watching the diski flair or a chance to try their lips on the vuvuzelas. Beach soccer certainly has a new face!

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Visitors to the beach were given a true display of African soccer and visitors to the VIC on the day weren’t left out. Inside one could stand a chance of winning Table Mountain Cableway tickets, Red Topless Bus tickets, exclusive Cape Town Tourism T-shirts, South African National Parks magazines, kids’ activity books, soccer balls, kick-a-sac balls, Cape Town Tourism buttons and vuvuzelas. By answering easy questions on Cape Town, visitors not only got a chance to test their knowledge, but learnt a lot about the city they live in as they prepare themselves to be knowledgeable hosts during the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

The day ended at lunch time with a fried chicken picnic on the grass. The tired Cape Town Tourism crew and the excited boys from Du Noon managed to Live it! Louder! for all passers-by and encouraged quite a few to honk their horns to a successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a celebration of our diversity and simply Living Cape Town, Loving Cape Town.

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