Capital city ready for Bafana, Uruguay showdown

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pretoria - Final preparations are being frenzily put in place to ensure that everything is in place when the thousands of Bafana fans descend on the capital city tomorrow in what is promised to be a colossal clash between the hosts and Uruguay at Loftus Versveld.

It will be game on as Bafana Bafana face a hungry Uruguay and the city is expecting a bumper crowd. Kick-off is at 20:30.

"We anticipate a bumper crowd and have thus pulled out all the stops to ensure adequate transport and parking arrangements are in place so that everybody gets to the game on time," the City's 2010 unit CEO, Godfrey Nkwane, said on Tuesday.

Nkwane urged soccer loving spectators to play their part by making use of public transport, among other things.

"This includes planning your route to the match and your mode of transport, giving yourself enough time to get to the game and obeying law enforcement officers," he said.

To cater for the influx, the city has increased the park-and-ride buses to about 100 - to avoid congestion and has added three more Public Viewing Areas (PVAs) across the city.

The new PVAs will be assembled at Malelodi, Mabobane and Moretele Park. These Nkwane said will be open only during the Bafana Bafana matches, the semi-final and the final.

People have been urged to make use of free park-and-rides as well as park-and-walk facilities to avoid congestion.

The park-and-rides are situated at UNISA, LC De Villiers Grounds at the University of Pretoria, and the Rugby Sports Grounds on Totius Street in Brooklyn.

Fans heading for the game have been warned to expect road closures around the venue.

Several intersections including: Park/Hill; Park/Orient; Park/Eastwood; Park/Ayton; Ivy/Brecker; Jorissen/Walton James; Walton James/University; University/Lynnwood; and University/Burnett, have been closed.

Overall the City is confident that the plans that have been put in place will be executed with success.

"We are ready to handle whatever may arise," said Nkwane, adding that the city's law enforcement agencies will be out in full force to ensure the safety of fans.

Tshwane Metro Police, Fire Brigade Services, Disaster management Centre, Ambulance Services and critical City departments are ready and have already been deployed at the stadium, fan fests and PVAs.