LOC on a whirwind stadiums tour

2010-02-27 11:00

THAT the Fifa World Cup is not only about football but all the

infrastructure that contributes in making the tournament a success, was obvious

as the SA 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee took 120 journalists on

a tour of Gauteng yesterday.

This was the beginning of a seven-day Host Cities Tour that will

take them through Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Bloemfontein,

Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban.

The Gauteng leg that started at Soccer City at 6.30am, went to

Ellis Park, Soweto and ended up in Atteridgeville, Tshwane, was an eye


Not only were the journalists, local and foreign, shown the

readiness of the stadiums but they also had a taste of being in traffic and also

savoured some traditional dishes in township outlets.

“I feel like a tourist in my own country,” quipped one journalist

from Durban who had not been to Soweto in her entire life.

The scribes were taken to Sakhumzi Restaurant in Vilakazi Street,

Orlando West, Soweto, where they tasted African cuisine in the vicinity of

Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s old houses.

“This is the only street in the world that has two Nobel Peace

Prize laureates as residents,” Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane gushed.

In Tshwane, after a visit to Super Stadium, the journalists were

treated to a cocktail party at the Ekhaya B & B in the township.

At both venues, the visitors were treated to some traditional music

and different sorts of South African traditional dances.

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