100 days 2010 countdown SA style

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pretoria - It's exactly 100 days to go before the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off on African soil and South Africa is putting her best foot forward in song and dance.

A sea of green, black, red, yellow, blue and white will be seen all over the country as South Africans from all walks of life show up at various venues in their national colours to mark the event.

Schoolchildren on Tuesday ditched their uniforms for football jerseys, while dancers will take to the streets as the country celebrates the momentous countdown.

Organisations and institutions have been invited to host events at midday to enable staff, clients and partners to demonstrate their support, enthusiasm and passion for the tourney and the country.

FIFA's top brass, including the football body's president Sepp Blatter, and President Kgalema Motlanthe will mark the occasion in Durban with a press conference aimed at dispelling doubts about South Africa's readiness for the much anticipated tourney.

In Johannesburg, the city council is inviting everyone to get down to Maude Street in Sandton for a street party.

The event, which will be held between 11am and 3pm, will include entertainment where locals will be taught the dazzling Diski dance.

The Diski Striker vehicle from the James Hall Museum of Transport will be presenting its vuvuzela frenzy with vuvuzelas and soccer balls as prizes.

Music, games, quizzes and live artists such as Freshly Ground, Karen Zoid and others are part of the programme.

SA Tourism will be taking part with its "Fly the Flag" initiative at the Sandton Convention Centre while the City of Johannesburg will be promoting its popular "You Make Joburg Great" campaign.

Meanwhile a one hour live community radio phone-in programme in which the public will participate in, to be broadcasted on 66 stations reaching approximately seven million listeners will also mark the day's celebrations.

The organisers have suggested, among others, chats about what makes us good hosts and good football supporters and ways in which football can bring South Africans closer as a nation.

The 19th premier international football tournament is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July. This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa beat Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process.