Newcastle: Song, dance and vuvuzelas as area celebrates 50 days left

2010-04-22 00:00

THOUSANDS gathered at Osizweni Sports Centre in Newcastle yesterday to mark the 50 days remaining before the World Cup. The crowd was mesmerised by some of the hottest KwaZulu-Natal artists like SA Music Award winners Big Nuz, Msawawa and others.

The event started with the cutting of a cake at Durban railway station on Tuesday evening, before journalists and dignitaries boarded a luxury Premier Classe train organised by the Office of the Premier and the Department of Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation.

MEC Weziwe Thusi commended the people of Newcastle for coming in their numbers to celebrate.

“We thank the ANC government for affording this country the opportunity to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. As a province, we are more than ready to host this prestigious tournament.”

Thusi encouraged people to purchase more World Cup tickets and commended those who have already bought them.

Before the main event, the dignitaries visited nearby schools, Phendukani High and Masibambisane Primary, to address pupils about the Youth Mass Mobilisation campaign.

This campaign is an inter-departmental effort to mobilise young people to support the World Cup.

At Phendukani High, Thusi said: “We want you learners to be part of this tournament and feel the spirit of 2010. You must support Bafana Bafana during this historic event.”

She told them that Osizweni Sports Centre will be a public viewing area for those who can not get tickets to the stadiums.

The MEC also encouraged the youth to steer away from unprotested sex, drug and alcohol abuse.

Soccer legends Sugar Ray Xulu and Patson Banda were also among the dignitaries that attended the celebrations.

It was an exciting event marked by vuvuzelas, song and dance and very few speeches — and it was very clear that people cannot wait until kick-off on June 11.

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