Big screens to bring inauguration closer to the people

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pretoria - South Africans who cant make their way to the Union Buildings on Saturday to be part of the prestigious Presidential Inauguration will not be left out.

More than 35 big screen events will take place across the country, where South Africans will witness the historic day when President-in-waiting Jacob Zuma will be officially inaugurated as President of the country.

Under the theme: "Together celebrating a vibrant democracy and building a better life for all' - the inauguration will take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where more than 30 000 revelers are expected to descend on the city to be part of this remarkable day.

In the Eastern Cape, the public can celebrate the day at seven big screen events across the province. Residents living in Dutywa will be able to join in the celebrations at the Town Hall, while people living in Queenstown can attend the big screen event at the Dumpy Adams Stadium.

In Mt Frere, hundreds of people are expected to gather at the KwaNophoyi Thusong Centre, in Mthatha at the OR Tambo Hall in Southernwood, in Port Elizabeth at the NNMU Missionvale Campus Sports Arena, in Grahamstown at the Indoor Sports Centre and at the Barkly East Community Hall.

In the Free State, crowds of people will gather in Bloemfontein at the Rocklands Community Hall, while people living in Thaba 'Nchu can go to the Mmabana Cultural Centre to witness the historic inauguration.

Residents living in Botshabel can watch the live broadcast on a big screen set up at the Botshabelo Thusong Srvice Centre, while in Namahadi the event will be screened at the Local Thusong Service Centre.

Big screen events will also take place in Qwaqwa at the Charles Mopedi Stadium, in the Ngwathe Local Municiplaity at the Tumahole and Parys and in Trompsburg at the Kopanong Thusong Centre.

In KwaZulu-Natal, there will be five big screen events including one at Durban's City Hall and the Ixopo's Jolivet Community Hall.

Residents from President-elect Zuma's hometown Nkandla will also have a big screen event at the Ntolwane Village in Lindela. Other events will take place in Dududu at the St Martin Primary School and in Tongaat's Civic Centre.

In Limpopo, ten such events will take place in Makhando - Near Kutama Tribal Office, Thulamela - Mulamula Tribal Hall, Lepelle -Nkumpi - Lebowakgomo Civic Centre, Polokwane - Maja Tribal Hall, Fetakgomo - Fetakgomo Municipal Hall, Makhuduthamaga - Rob Ribas Hall, Greater, Tzaneen - Bulamahlo Thusong Centre, Greater Giyani - Giyani Community Hall, Bela Bela - Pienars River Hall and Thabazimb - Community Hall.

People living in the North West, can attend big screen events at the Manthe Village's Tribal Hall, Lethabong Community Hall in Rustenburg, Maquassi Hills's Boskuil Primary School and in Mafikeng's Barolong-bo- Rayshidi Community.

In Mpumalanga, big screen events will take place in Kameelrivier's Stadium B, Thulumahashe's Stadium and in Volksrust's Show Grounds.

Residents living in the Western Cape will be able to enjoy the event at the Beaufort West Thusong Service Centre.

Meanwhile, excitement has been building in and around Parliament ahead of Wednesday's first sitting of the National Assembly, with registration of Members of Parliament getting underway yesterday.

As is tradition, the area around parliament will come alive with activity tomorrow as drummers and dancers welcome the dignitaries from as early as 7:30 in the morning.