AFCON officials in KwaZulu-Natal are working at high speed to make sure that all arrangements are in place for the much anticipated AFCON kick off in the Province.
The iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium will light up on Wednesday evening, 23 January 2013 for the much anticipated double-header kick off in Host City Durban when Bafana Bafana take on Angola at 17H00 and Morocco will take on Cape Verde at 20H00.
The home team arrived in Durban late Saturday and was given an official reception by the City and Provincial leaders on Sunday, at a press briefing where five players who have reached their 50th caps with the team, were also honoured. They are; Siboniso Gaxa, Bernard Parker, Itumeleng Khune, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Katlego Mphela. Today the team continued with their training schedule at Moses Mabhida Stadium, People’s Park.
 
“We want the start to the games in our region to go off without any problems. We have put in place all the necessary provisions to make the kick off in our City and Province a memorable one. We want this tournament to be enjoyed by all our citizens with no disruptions or inconvenience,” says Vusi Mazibuko, the Head of the 2013 AFCON Project Office in KwaZulu-Natal.
He says to ensure that there is no traffic congestion on the roads during match days, the eThekwini Municipality has put in place a traffic management plan on match days of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which are 23/01/13, 27/01/13, 28/01/13, 02/02/13 and 06/02/13, which will be effected from 09H00 on each day.
 
Motorists have been asked to take note that Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue will be closed from Sandile Thusi (Argyle) Road up to Smiso Nkwanyana (Goble) Road points/ intersections. Battery Beach Road and Isaiah Ntshangase (Walter Gilbert) Road will also be closed.
 
The following areas have been reserved for parking for those attending the games:
• Drive-in site parking for minibus taxis/ buses and the general public on the area between Stalwart Simelane (Stanger) St and Sylvester Ntuli (Brickhill) will be open for free use.
• Free parking at Natal Command Site 1 and 2 will be open to the general public.
• Paid parking for the general public will be open at Suncoast Casino.
• Free parking at the Mr Price Stadium will be open to the general public (access off Goble-Jaco Jackson Road only).
• Free parking at the Centrum Parking will be open to VIP and the general public.
• Parking for hospitality and commercial affiliates will be available at Mustering Field (access off Sandile Thusi Road only)
 
Mazibuko urged people who still wanted to buy tickets to do so urgently, as there are less than 1 000 general tickets left for sale. “With these latest figures, we are confident that the Moses Mabhida Stadium will be filled to capacity on Wednesday,” said Mazibuko.
Tickets cost from as little as R50 and up to R70 for the group stages, R75 - R100 for the quarterfinals and R100 - R140 for the semifinals. Tickets can be purchased at all participating Super Spars and at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, ticket office. Tickets can also be purchased through telesales on 087 980 3000 or www.eqtickets.com.
 
For more information, contact Vusi Mazibuko on 031 3229591/ 083 307 2858 or e-mail: vusi.mazibuko@durban.gov.za.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit, call Vuyo Gwala on 031 311 4838, 073 250 5704 or email: gwalav@durban.gov.za