Big screens to bring Confeds Cup closer to rural people

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ilembe - Residents living in rural areas under the Ilembe District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal who don't have electricity or can't afford to buy a television set will not miss out on the action during the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The municipality will be installing big screens in the Ndwedwe, Mandeni, Maphumulo and Dukuza districts to ensure soccer fans can watch their favourite stars in action.

"With the screens we want people to witness all the action that would be taking place during the 2009 Confederations Cup, from 14 to 28 June 2009.

"We invite our people who don't have access to televisions to come and watch the soccer matches on the big screens," said Ilembe District Municipality Mayor Vukani Mdabe.

The installation of the big screens in the rural communities under the Ilembe district municipality would be the first of its kind.

One of the residents, Mandla Sokhela told BuaNews that as a community member he hoped that something like this will continue even after the Confederations Cup, as there were many ceremonies and events that they miss because the community does not have electricity.

"As the country is hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup we hope that the municipality will also make such facilities available in 2010 so that even people from rural areas can watch the World Cup in the comfort of their own areas, as we won't be able to afford the tickets," said Mr Sokhela.

Since the matches will be taking place in the evenings, the municipality will put in place security measures in all the areas where the big screens will be installed.