As the country prepares for the big kick off to AFCON 2013, organisers in KwaZulu-Natal, are urging the public to go all out and purchase their tickets for matches to be played at the world class Moses Mabhida Stadium.
 
Local AFCON officials have been working day and night to do everything possible to make sure that local fans are part of the celebrations and can get their tickets with ease. “We have gone all out to make sure that tickets are readily available. Simply go to the Moses Mabhida Stadium Ticket Office or participating Super Spar stores and get yours,” says eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo.
 
Durban is scheduled to host five group matches, a quarter final and one semi final match. The games in Durban kick off on 23 January with a double header seeing Bafana Bafana taking on Angola at 17h00 and Morocco be squaring up against Cape Verde at 20H00.
 
Tickets cost as little as R50 and up to R70 for the group stages, from R75 - R100 for the quarterfinals and from R100 - R140 for the semifinals. Tickets can be purchased at all participating Super Spars and at the Moses Mabhida stadium. People can also buy them through telesales on 087 980 3000 or www.eqtickets.com.
 
Mayor Nxumalo says AFCON is not only about SA but very much part of the province and its people. “This is about Africa. Let KZN show our support for Africa’s best. It is now up to us to make it a success and support all teams that will arrive in our beautiful City.” The Moses Mabhida Stadium has a 65 000 seating capacity and officials are targeting a 50 000 ticket sale per match.
 
Sports and Recreation MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha paid tribute to the people of KwaZulu-Natal for always supporting big international activities and filling up the stadium when called upon to do so.
 
“This culture will not fade. We also encourage those who can wear their Bafana Bafana jerseys everyday from today up until the end of the tournament to do so. Let us unite behind our boys, our country and in particular our Province. If we fill Moses Mabhida Stadium to capacity, our boys will reward us by doing well in this tournament,” says Sibhidla-Saphetha
 
Apart from the colourful and spectacular parades that have been taking place in and around the City since December, efforts to stir up excitement for the tournament are also taking place throughout the Province.
 
“Since our 10-day-campaign which kicked off on Wednesday, we can assure the public that a whole host of exciting events and activations is taking place throughout KZN to make sure that the AFCON spirit is felt by each and everyone,” according to Vusi Mazibuko, the Head of the 2013 AFCON Project Office in KwaZulu-Natal.
 
These events co-ordinated by the City and the Province include:
• A Beach Sports and Cultural festival on Durban’s New Beach (11/01/2013, 08H30am);
• Football Community Games in KwaDukuza, Sisonke and Umzimkhulu Municipalities (13/01/2013, 08H30am);
• Train and Taxi rank activities on (16/01/2013, Tongaat-KwaMashu, 06H00am), (17/01/2013, Chatsworth- Moses Mabhida Stadium, 14H00pm) and ( Stanger-Mandeni, 12H00);
• District activations in the province to make certain that communities in far
flung areas of the province are part of the action;
• Media activations and awareness campaigns;
 
For more information, contact Vusi Mazibuko on 031 3229591/ 0833073858 or
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. Contact Vuyo Gwala on 031 311 4838, 073 250 5704 or email: vuyo.gwala@durban.gov.za.