Durban and Provincial AFCON officials say a significant number of volunteers will be out at major routes in the City to point soccer fans towards the respective parking areas near the Moses Mabhida Stadium. They will be carrying signage boards with the various parking zones available.
“We are making sure that there will be a smoother entry of fans into the stadium and that we avert the traffic congestion that we experienced on Wednesday night during peak hour traffic on the major routes around our stadium as people headed for the stadium while workers were headed for home,” adds AFCON KZN Head, Vusi Mazibuko.
 
Motorists should note that Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Ave will be closed from Smiso Nkwanyana (Goble) Road to Sandile Thusi (Argyle) Road. Battery Beach Road and Isaiah Ntshangase (Walter Gilbert) Road will also be closed. Road closures will be effected from 09H00am on all match days.
The following areas will be available for parking:
 
• 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 (access via Brickhill Road).
• 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).
• 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 Brickhill Road)
 
Alternatively motorists can park their vehicles at the Durban Station and board a train, free of charge, upon production of a valid AFCON ticket or accreditation.
 
Mazibuko said Metro Police will also be deployed at key points around the stadium to monitor traffic and assist the public to the available and demarcated parking zones. Mazibuko urged fans to make use of all designated parking areas and if possible arrive at the stadium early and well ahead of kick-off (atleast two-hours before kick-off time), to ensure that they enjoy the beautiful game from beginning to end . He says the Host City is yet again on track to deliver a spectacular match as Bafana Bafana take on Morocco on Sunday, 27 January at 19:00.
“The support for Bafana Bafana has reached fever pitch and tickets for Sunday’s match were sold out in no time. We now ask fans to start buying their tickets for the upcoming match on Monday between Congo and Mali at Moses Mabhida Stadium,” adds Mazibuko.
Fans who have not been lucky to a get their tickets are also reminded of the Public Viewing Areas (PVAs) where the matches will be screened live in key areas of the province. Gates to the PVAs open an hour before kick off and are as follows:
• Durban, eThekwini District, New Beach;
• Richards Bay, UThungulu District, eSkhawini College;
• Port Shepstone, Ugu District, eGamalakhe TB Molefe Sports Ground;
• Pietermaritzburg, Umgungundlovu, Durban University of Technology (Indumiso College);
 
Meanwhile, Provincial and Host City leaders have congratulated the public for getting behind Bafana Bafana and supporting the tournament in the province with such enthusiasm. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said the tournament is bringing people together – both from home and the Continent.
 
“As we celebrate the good performance of Bafana Bafana we must also appreciate the fact that the beautiful game is once again unifying people of all races, cultures and religions.
 
“I call on the people of this province to welcome our visitors with friendly smiles and ensure that they feel at home away from home.”
 
EThekwini Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo said Durban has a good history of delivering the best sporting events and the tournament so far has been delivered with great success. “We must continue to do our best and deliver the best that AFCON has to offer. Let us continue to show our support for Bafana Bafana and all the rest of Africa that come to our iconic Moses Mahbidha Stadium.”
Tickets cost 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 031 322 9591/ 083 307 2858 or e-Mail: vusi.mazibuko@durban.gov.za.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. Contact Vuyo Gwala on 031 311 4838, 073 250 5704 or email: vuyo.gwala@durban.gov.za.