Slovakian, Dutch delegates shown Durban sights

2010-06-29 00:00

DURBAN hosted its sixth Fifa World Cup match yesterday when the Netherlands took on Slovakia at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in a round- of-16 encounter, and the Office of the Premier went all out to ensure that delegates from the two visiting countries were made to feel comfortable during their stay in the city.

A pre-match function saw Dutch and Slovakian statesmen and -wo­men, captains of industry and other key role players treated to a yacht cruise around the harbour and the Indian Ocean.

The Office of the Premier has hos­ted similar pre-match functions for all of the five previous World Cup matches that Durban has hosted.

These included events at uShaka Marine World, the International Convention Centre (ICC), the Moyo on the Pier restaurant and the Playhouse Theatre. The functions have given foreign delegates the opportunity to experience local cuisine, Zulu dancing and African musical performances.

“We urge you to use this opportunity to network with us and realise the many advantages this province has to offer,” Premier Zweli Mkhize told the guests.

“Then, when you are back in your own countries and your thoughts are on business matters, think of South Africa and especially KwaZulu-Natal as an opportunity not to be missed.”

KZN’s 2010 marketing and communications director, Claude Pretorius, said the feedback from the previous pre-match Durban functions has been extremely positive.

“Most visitors have been bowled over by the warmth, hospitality and friendliness of South Africa during this World Cup,” he said.

“These functions provide us with an opportunity to showcase South Africa as a having the ability to encourage investment potential from foreign businesses.”

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