Joburg comes alive with countdown festivities

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sandton - An electric vibe could be felt on the streets of Sandton, Joburg, on Tuesday, as party-loving city dwellers geared up for the 100 days countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup celebrations.

Joburgers ditched their business suits and uniforms for football jerseys, while dancers took to the streets to celebrate the countdown.

People who gathered at Maude Street for the street party got into the spirit by wearing their green and yellow Bafana Bafana jersey, blowing the vuvuzela trumpets that are ubiquitous at local matches and waving the national flag.

About 200 school children from the Joburg Home for Vulnerable Children and Sizwile School for the Deaf were also in attendance, flying the South African flag proudly.

Vuvuzelas and soccer balls were offered as prizes for competitions that were held at the venue.

Entertainment included the dazzling Diski dancers who taught everyone their moves while music, games, quizzes and live artists such as Steve Hofmeyer and Karen Zoid entertained the crowd.

SA Tourism also participated with its Fly the Flag initiative at the Convention Centre, while the City of Johannesburg was promoting its popular "You Make Joburg Great" campaign.

As the clock hit 12pm the crowd observed a moment of silence before proudly singing the national anthem with the country's mini flags flying high.