'Gees': Farmers have a ball getting in the spirit for the World Cup

2010-05-10 00:00

WITH about a month to go before the kickoff of the Fifa 2010 World Cup tournament, it seems that residents of Bishopstowe are not going to be outdone by areas within city boundaries in enjoying the tournament.

Bishopstowe resident Chris Henning has built a giant soccer ball of various colours, and mounted it on the top of Mountain View Entertainment Centre in Bishopstowe.

The 200kg masterpiece is made of a steel frame and galvanised sheet metal, and is built in support of the World Cup tournament.

It revolves on a small axle, powered by a medium-sized motor with an electric drive to control the ball’s revolving speed.

The idea was suggested at one of the usual gatherings in the barn at the entertainment centre. “As we normally sit in the barn chatting, this idea was born and I decided to give it a go,” said Henning, a boilermaker by trade.

“It took me six weeks and a couple of thousand rand to complete the project, and looking at it now makes me feel proud.

“Although we are in a farming area, we will have something symbolic of the World Cup festivities.”

After the tournament, Henning is planning to sell the ball on Ebay as a memento.

The idea is to illuminate  the ball in the evenings, while community members are watching the World Cup soccer games on a big screen at Mountain View Entertainment Centre.

Centre owner Brett Rich said the idea is great for the area, and will make community members feel as if they are part of the tournament.

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