Where can PMB residents go to really feel it?

2010-06-11 00:00

SOCCER City is a sellout, but Pietermaritzburg residents will have a few options of their own when it comes to watching the game.

The official Pietermaritzburg Public Viewing Area (PVA) is at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Indumiso campus in Imbali and it will accommodate around 5 000 people on a first-come, first -served basis. The Indumiso PVA has been organised by the uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) and the Economic Development and Tourism Department (DEDT).

Entrance is free, refreshments will be on sale and there will be an array of local entertainment on offer, including popular kwaito group Big Nuz. The opening ceremony and the 4 pm Bafana game will be shown on the big screen, as will the 8.30 pm game between France and Uruguay. The PVA will be open from 10 am.

There is also a PVA at Midmar Dam, funded by UMDM in partnership with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the DEDT. There will be a R5,00 entry fee at the gate at Midmar, but entry into the PVA is free.

While the Midmar PVA is aimed at attracting a corporate market, general members of the public are also welcome to attend. The PVA opens at 10 am, though proceedings such as speeches from the mayor and municipal manager will get under way at noon before the opening ceremony begins.

Much like the Indumiso PVA, food and beverages will be on sale inside the area. Capacity is 2 000 and entrance will also work on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will be a third PVA at Club Woodlander in Allandale Road, which opens at 12.30 pm. Entrance to the PVA is R10 and it will be open every day of the World Cup, except June 19. The Woodlander PVA is expected to cater for around 1 500 people.

The Gezubuso Community Hall in Vulindlela will also be screening the events from Soccer City. Savages Football Club and the Pietermaritzburg Round Table will be hosting a family beer festival at Woodburn Rugby Stadium. Tickets are R70, children under 14 free.


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