Durban celebrates Youth Day in style

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
By: 
Kemantha Govender

Durban - It's fitting that South Africa will play their second 2010 FIFA World Cup match on June 16 as this is an historic day for the country.

Youth Day commemorates the Soweto uprising in 1976 and the role of the youth in fighting against the apartheid regime.

Durban will take time to celebrate this important day by getting behind their national team who will take on Uruguay at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane later today.

"Youth Day holds a very special place in South Africa's history, and I can think of nothing better than celebrating it with both South Africans and our international guests on Durban's beachfront or at the PVA's in Umlazi (King Zwelithini Stadium) or KwaMashu (Bridge City) whilst watching Bafana Bafana play in Africa's first FIFA World Cup," said Julie-May Ellingson, Head of the City's Strategic Projects Unit and 2010 Programme.

The entertainment line-up at the Durban Fan Centre and the Public Viewing Areas in KwaMashu and in Umlazi will be proudly South Africa.

South African super group Malaika, dance group Mzansi Arts Development and popular DJ Black Coffee will feature on the entertainment list at the Fan Centre.

Ellingson confirmed that the Public Viewing Areas at the King Zwelithini Stadium and Bridge City have drawn capacity crowds since they were opened on 11 June, and Youth Day looks to be no different.

At the King Zwelithini Stadium, Pocket Change, Big Show, Msawawa and DJ Tira will keep the crowd entertained, whilst Joe Nina, Da Babes and DJ Bongs will do the same at Bridge City.

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