City road closures for spectacular 2010 Final Draw

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The first official event to launch South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ takes place in Cape Town on December 4 and the City of Cape Town is pulling out all the stops to demonstrate its readiness to welcome thousands of soccer fans and dignitaries.

The FIFA Final Draw, which will determine the match schedule for the 32 participating teams in next year’s soccer tournament, will be held at 19h00 on Friday, December 4 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

“About 3 000 international dignitaries and media representatives are expected to attend this milestone event, which will be televised live to an estimated 150-million viewers across the globe. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Cape Town to put its best foot forward,” says Lesley de Reuck, the City’s Director of 2010 Operations.

“To welcome VIPs at the CTICC, the City of Cape Town will host a ‘Red Carpet’ event from 16h00. Although the Final Draw ceremony will be closed to the public, the City has organised a one-day festival in Long Street where Capetonians can view the Final Draw on large TV screens,” says De Reuck.

“Prior to and during the events, several roads will be closed temporarily to enable event organisers and various City and Provincial services to prepare and secure these venues,” says De Reuck.

For the Final Draw event at the CTICC, there will be intermittent road closures on the Foreshore in the area of Lower Long Street, Coen Steytler and Cullinan Street, from 09h00 on Monday November 30 to 05h00 on Monday December 7.

For the Long Street Festival, there will be a full closure of Long Street, from Buitensingel to Buiten Street, and Loop Street, from 13h00 on November 30 to 05h00 on December 7.

From 01h00 on December 4 to 12h00 on December 5, there will be road closures in the area bound by Queen Victoria Street, Green Street, Buitensingel, Loop Street and Dorp Street.

Buiten Street, Bloem Street, Pepper Street, Leeuwen Street, Wale Street, Keerom Street and Vredenburg Lane will also be affected.

On-street stopping or parking will not be permitted on Long Street from Buitensingel to Buiten from 17h00 on Sunday November 29.

Access control measures will enable businesses and residents entry to the affected areas.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these street closures and wish to thank all Capetonians in advance for their co-operation.

“To minimise traffic disruptions, Cape Town Traffic services will be on duty to redirect motorists and pedestrians. There will also be sufficient signage pointing towards alternative routes,” De Reuck says.

For more information on the Long Street road closures only, please contact 072 324 2476.

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