The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Tournament is nearing its final stages and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government in partnership with eThekwini Municipality calls on all our citizens to give their full support and blow their vuvuzelas as Mali take on Nigeria in a spectacular semi-final showpiece scheduled for Wednesday, 06/02/13, 17H00.
 
The City has been abuzz with fun, colour and excitement as people from different races, cultures and social backgrounds rallied behind our national pride, Bafana Bafana. The Provincial Government in partnership with the City would like to sincerely thank all citizens of the country and beyond for their enthusiasm, hospitality and patriotism. We congratulate Mali and Nigeria for getting to the semi-final stages and wish both teams the best of luck as we get closer to crowning the champions of Africa’s biggest soccer tournament.
 
Bafana Bafana is out of the tournament, however, all citizens are urged to continue to wear and decorate their vehicles with their national colours. They should continue to show their undying spirit of support for the teams that still remain in the tournament, as they have done so beautifully since the beginning of the tournament.
 
“I would like to extend a warm welcome to the teams that will now be based in Durban and have no doubt that citizens will welcome our visitors with open arms and keep flying our flag high, as we are known to be the warmest City in Africa,” said the Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr James Nxumalo
 
Tickets for the game on Wednesday have been sold out, but people should not despair, as they will be able to watch the games live at our Public Viewing Areas that have been set up in various areas around the Province. They include:
 
• Durban, New Beach;
• Esikhawini, eSikhawini College;
• Port Shepstone, eGamalakhe TB Molefe Sports Ground;
• Pietermaritzburg, Durban University of Technology (Indumiso College).
 
To show our patronage and hospitality, the KZN Government together with the eThekwini Municipality will embark on a motorcade, aimed at drumming up support for the two teams. The motorcade will leave from the Centrum Site parking on Tuesday, 05/02/13, at 12H00 and will visit various areas around the City Centre.
 
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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