Bafana Bafana go green

2009-11-18 00:00

A CHANCE encounter in the Eas­tern Cape has resulted in some members of the national soccer team “going green”.

Well-known environmentalist Robert Zipplies encountered Bafana Bafana at a hotel in Port Elizabeth before their recent match against Japan.

To draw attention to the climate change crisis, Zipplies is cycling the Climate Challenge 2009 on an electric bike, from Cape Town to Durban via Johannesburg.

The Challenge blog said: “…we heard the regal sound of vuvuzelas … The Bafana Bafana-bran­ded bus pulled up outside our hotel, as the green and yellow tracksuits marched out like royalty waving to fans and signing autographs.

“… we got a portion of the team to sign the Climate Change Pledge and commit to reducing their carbon footprints.”

Zipplies and Project 90 by 2030 initiated the Cycle Challenge to raise awareness about the need for South Africans to reduce carbon emissions. He said: “We are running out of time to make the changes required …”

The blog continues: “Thousands of people go to watch a soccer match, yet we’re fighting all the time to find audiences to learn about one of the most important moments in the history of this planet.”

Zipplies and the Project 90 by 2030 team left Cape Town on November 6 and are cycling through the Karoo.

For details of the Challenge 2009 and to sign the pledge, visit or contact Mathew van Lierop at 021 674 5095.

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