Splash of colour brings life to ‘sleepy hollow’ — 10 days late

2010-06-22 00:00

WORLD Cup fever has officially arrived in Pietermaritzburg, with the overnight appearance of a forest of international flags.

As motorists enter Pietermaritzburg along the N3, they’rebound to be captivated by the variety of colours that appear on the flags of all the different countries taking part in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

According to Claude Pretorius, head of the 2010 marketing team in KwaZulu-Natal, the flags form part of an initiative to build excitement over the World Cup in the province.

He adds that the aim of the drive is to create a sense of “pride in the fact that our country is hosting this massive event”.

The flag initiative incorporates Pietermaritzburg and other KwaZulu-Natal towns that are hosting international football teams on behalf of the country.

However, the main focus has been the King Shaka International Airport.

While Pietermaritzburg is the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, World Cup décor in the City of Choice has lagged behind other parts of the province, with flags only being put up 10 days after kickoff.

When asked why it has taken so long to put up the flags, Pretorius replied that there were “technical difficulties with the employed agency”.

In this instance, it’s a case of “better late than never”.

According to Pietermaritzburg resident Maggie Johnson, the splash of colour has brought our “sleepy hollow” to life.

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