As eThekwini Municipality and the KZN Provincial Government gear up to host the last game in Durban of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Tournament, the semi-final match between Nigeria and Mali, all preparations have been finalised and we are once again ready to stage a memorable game.
 
The City and Provincial officials have assured soccer-lovers that the standard of the game will be nothing less than spectacular. There have been minimal incidents throughout the tournament and security personnel say that all safety and traffic management plans put in place will be effected to ensure an enjoyable and incident-free semi-final match.
 
Kick-off to the match is scheduled for 17H00 and spectators are urged to arrive early at the stadium (atleast two hours before kick-off) to avoid the peak-hour traffic congestion. The below road closures and parking spaces should be noted.
 
Roads that will be closed from 09H00 on match day:
• Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue will be closed from Sandile Thusi (Argyle) Road up to Smiso Nkwanyana (Goble) Road.
• Battery Beach Road will be closed from Suncoast Boulevard to Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue
• Isaiah Ntshangase (Walter Gilbert) Road will also be closed between Umngeni Road and M4. Access from M4 will only be permitted up to the Country Club.
 
Roads that will be closed from 15H30 on match day:
• Somtseu Road will be closed from Stalwart Simelane (Stanger) Street to Masabala Yengwa Avenue
• Masabalala Yengwa Avenue will further be closed from Sandile Thusi (Argyle) Road to K.E Masinga (Old Fort) Road. However, some lanes will be open for vehicles travelling to and from Durban Station.
 
The following areas have been reserved for parking for those attending the games:
• Drive-Inn site parking for minibus taxis/ buses and general public (accessed via Brickhill Road)
• Natal Command Site 1 and 2 for the general public (accessed from Brickhill Road at the traffic circle)
• Paid parking at Suncoast Casino for the general public (accessed via Suncoast Boulevard)
• Mr Price Stadium for general public (accessed via Goble Road and Jacko Jackson Avenue)
• Mustering Field Parking for hospitality and commercial affiliates (accessed via Brickhill Road at the traffic circle)
• Moses Mabhida Stadium is reserved for VVIP, media and broadcast teams only (accessed via the Remote Search Park at the Old Drive-Inn site in Brickhill Road)
• Centrum Site for VIP and general public (accessed from Samora Machel (Aliwal) or Braam Fischer Street - free coach to the stadium from here)
• Motorists can also park their vehicles at the Durban Station and board a train, free of charge, upon production of a valid AFCON ticket or accreditation.
 
Metro Police Officers will be deployed at key points around the stadium to monitor traffic and assist the public to the available and demarcated parking zones. People not coming to the stadium are urged to avoid the above-mentioned routes to minimise traffic congestion.
 
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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, call Vuyo Gwala on 031 311 4838, 073 250 5704 or email: gwalav@durban.gov.za