Media Urged to Support the 2013 AFCON Tournament
 
The Province of KwaZulu Natal and eThekwini Municipality today, 15/01/13, at an Editors Breakfast urged the members of the media to play an important role in drumming up support for the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations Tournament (AFCON).
 
Media plays a very critical role in ensuring an informed citizenry hence the Province and the City saw a need to brief the decision makers within the media industry on the state of readiness of the Province and the City in hosting this Africa’s spectacular soccer tournament.
 
Present during the Editors Breakfast were the Acting Premier of KwaZulu Natal Willies Mchunu, the Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee Board (LOC) Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane, the MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, MEC for Economic Development Mike Mabuyakhulu, MEC for Finance Ina Cronje, eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo and the Municipal Manager Sibusiso Sithole.
 
Outlining the Province’s state of readiness, Mchunu said even though the City has shown character and ability to host major events but it can’t do it alone without the support of the media and the public.
 
“It was important that the decision makers within the media industry are properly briefed so that a correct and relevant massage is communicated to the masses. These events are not just hosted in abstract, part of government’s agenda with this tournament is to promote tourism. You will now realise that more and more people know about the Province of KwaZulu Natal and the city of Durban and that explains the sudden increase of interest to invest in the Province and the City. We urge our people to go out in their numbers and buy tickets, now that we have resolved the issue of ticket availability, we are confident that for our iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, they will be sold out very soon,” said Mchunu.
 
Giving a national perspective, Chief Nonkonyane said when they resolved to extend a helping hand to sister country Libya by hosting this tournament, they also resolved that they will do so with all South Africans and it can be possible if all work together.
 
“We are ready and we are confident that we will host a successful tournament. EThekwini has never disappointed the nation in hosting mega events and that is why we said Bafana Bafana must be based in a City that will support them with everything. The minor challenges we have had with ticket sales have been sorted out and the interest from members of the public for buying tickets has increased. Today I can safely say that the National Stadium is a sold out affair for the opening game. Knowing the people of KwaZulu Natal and their passion for sports I’m certain that come Monday, Moses Mabhida will be sold out,” said Nonkonyane.
 
Mayor James Nxumalo told the Editors that the successful hosting of major events in the past week, including the 10 day AFCON Countdown Parade, the ANC’s January 8 Statement Rally and the Volvo Golf Tournament, has given the Municipality an opportunity to test all its systems, from logistical arrangements, traffic control, public transport management, security, emergency services, and the Municipality has passed the test with flying colours.
 
“I am happy to report that the Moses Mabhida stadium is ready for the kickoff on the 23rd of January 2013. The necessary renovations have been completed and the world-class desso system has been installed. This is particularly aimed at accommodating some of the games that will be double-headers and the planned rehabilitation work on the training venues has also been completed. We are still aiming at achieving our target of 50 000 spectators per game at Moses Mabhida stadium and to that effect we have come up with innovative ways for people to get the tickets. We have introduced two kiosks at Moses Mabhida Stadium Tickets office and we will be having mobile kiosks in some parts of the City,” said Nxumalo
 
The tickets cost from as little as R50 up to R70 for the group stages, between R75 and R100 for the quarterfinals and between R100 and 140 for the semi-finals. Tickets can be purchased at all participating Super Spars and at Moses Mabhida stadium. People can also buy them through telesales on 087 980 3000 or www.eqtickets.com.
 
For more information please contact Thabo Mofokeng on 082 731 7456/ 031 311 4820 or e-mail thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit, Simphiwe Dlamini
031 311 4850/0827926899 or e-mail: simphiwe.dlamini@durban.gov.za.
 
CAPTION: (L –R) Sunday Tribune Editor Jovial Rantao, Acting Premier KwaZulu Natal Willies Mchunu, Vuma 103fm Station Manager Phindi Gule, MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha and eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo.
Picture Jessie Singh. Image can be downloaded from: http://www.durban.gov.za/Photo_Gallery/PublishingImages/AFCON.JPG