Spirit of 2010: TV series shows SA way forward

2010-04-19 00:00

SIYAYA 2010 is a television series dealing with issues affecting the people of South Africa in the run-up to the Fifa 2010 World Cup and beyond.

Siyaya is a Zulu word meaning “We are marching” (towards 2010).

The series documents the country’s preparations for the World Cup, focusing on how different sectors of the population are contributing to the football spectacular.

There are 30 half-hour episodes in the series, which premiered on SABC2 on January 27 at 9.35 pm. New episodes are aired weekly.

Not only does Siyaya 2010 show how different sectors of our society are affected, but it also highlights how everyone can play a part in making this edition of the tournament the greatest World Cup ever.

Presented by comedian and actor Kenneth Nkosi, the show is intended to encourage all South Africans to regard the World Cup as being not only their tournament, but a continental showpiece.

Nkosi, one the country’s most successful actors, has appeared in a number of films, including the Oscar-winning Tsotsi, Jerusalem and District 9 to name but a few.

Speaking to The Witness, Nkosi said: “After doing a pilot project on the Fifa 2010 World Cup, we decided to do this factual series because we felt it was important for us as South Africans to embrace the spirit of the tournament.”

He said the series, which incorporates humour and facts, has been receiving positive feedback from viewers.

“The show is getting compliments because South Africans are ready and excited about hosting the World Cup.”

Nkosi said he hopes the show will help enlighten South Africans as to what they should do after the tournament.


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