Be safe

2010-06-18 10:28

It’s just over a week into the much-anticipated 2010

Fifa World Cup and the excitement is palpable. But getting drunk out of your

skull or freezing on the stands will spoil some of the fun.

Here are a few tips

to ensure that you have the best time when venturing out to the fanparks or



the family

  • If

    you have toddlers or young children who run around ­erratically, get a pair of

    reins so that you can keep your hand on them at all times. They are easily

    available at baby shops for about R80.

  • Write your telephone number on a piece of paper

    and tuck it into your toddler’s pocket so that if you do become separated, the

    person who finds your child can call you.

  • If

    you are attending a match with older children or friends, agree on a central

    meeting point in case you get separated.

  • Put cash into separate pockets and write down

    important ­numbers on a piece of paper. Put the paper in your pocket in case you

    lose your phone.

  • As

    the cold bites, remember to wear layers of clothes to the ­stadiums and take a

    couple of fleece blankets with you to wrap around children.

For the


The Association for

Responsible Alcohol Use has some handy hints for those who like their


Be ahead

of the game

Always eat before

drinking ­alcohol and try to eat while ­drinking. Choose foods that are high in

fats and carbohydrates, such as burgers and chips.


time out

  • If

    you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water

    before, ­during and after drinking alcohol.

  • Pace yourself by skipping a drink and having a

    non-alcoholic drink between the alcoholic ones.


the red card

  • Driving is out of the question. The physical

    and emotional ­trauma caused by drunk drivers is preventable. Luckily, there is

    ­park-and-ride transportation to and from the stadiums and 24-hour taxi

    services available.


not be caught offside

  • Don’t supply drinks to anyone underage. The

    South African legal drinking age is 18.

  • Avoid lifts from strangers, ­especially when

    you’re drunk.

  • Make sure you know who pours your drinks.

  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers.

Play it

safe and return home a winner

  • When planning to watch the game at a stadium or

    with a group of friends at a pub, agree upfront who will be the ­designated


  • A

    sensible option is to club ­together with your buddies to hire a car or minibus

    with a ­driver rather than pay bail money for a night of fun.

  • If

    you are hosting a party to watch the games at your house, don’t allow any of

    your guests to drive home. Rather let them sleep it off on the couch or get

    ­someone else to drive them home.

Good Fellas, a

company that drives you home in your own car is available in Johannesburg,

­Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London. Call the national

call centre on 0861?433?552 to book in advance.

Another reliable

national taxi service is SA Cabs (whose cars ­resemble the London taxis). They

can be reached on 08611 SACAB (08611 72222).


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