Mother City abuzz with excitement ahead of final draw

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pretoria -Cape Town is a hive of excitement this morning ahead of this evening's anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw.

The streets were abuzz with people from all walks of life, singing and dancing to the melodies of the vuvuzela.

With 200 million people from 200 countries expected to tune in, the Mother City is preparing the final touches for what has been billed to be a spectacular draw.

The draw, which is seen as one of the final steps on the road to the tournament, will determine which teams will face off against each other.

The event, which starts at 7pm from the Cape Town International Convention Centre, is expected to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma and Local Organising Committee chairman Danny Jordaan and will be presented by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and South African Academy Award winner Charlize Theron.

Hundreds of foreign journalists have also descended onto the city, along with British soccer star David Beckham and other soccer greats who will be part of tonight's show.

Other highlights include the world premier of the official mascot, Zakumi, buskers and carnival characters in football-themed outfits. .

Even though the event is expected to start at 7pm, over 15000 fans are expected to gather from noon at the Long Street Festival for a feast of festivities that will include artists like Freshly Ground, Jimmy Dludlu and Flat Stanley.

The festival stage is an exact replica of next year's FIFA Fan Fest stage on the Grand Parade.

At 2pm, FIFA president Sepp Blatter will launch the Fan Fest project.

The city has also assured the public that law enforcement agencies, along with private security agencies, have put in place a comprehensive security plan to deal with any security threats.