South Africans stand united for Bafana

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pretoria - With just two days to go before the biggest sporting party ever, South Africans are set to show their support and make some noise for their boys in green and gold in dramatic fashion at noon.

Tens of thousands of proudly South African Gauteng residents are expected to abandon their jobs and instead take part in the much more important task of forming a human chain in Sandton, near the Southern Sun Hotel Grayston - where Bafana Bafana is staying.

Sandton is expected to be brought to a stand still as the spirit of unity pours onto the streets as part of the United We Shall Stand for Bafana Campaign.

South Africans will line the streets at midday, blow their vuvuzelas and wave the country's flag in a show of patriotism as the 23 soccer players carrying the hopes of the nation pass through.

The Bafana Bafana squad, in an open top bus, will tour the area, giving their fans one last glimpse of them before they take centre stage when they square up against Mexico in the first match of the World Cup on Friday.

Companies in Sandton have promised to send their staff to the streets and roads in the area will also be closed.

Fans that cannot make it to Sandton are expected to gather at Saucer Street in the CBD and Maponya Mall in Soweto, where there will be a Bafana supporters' celebration.

Others have been urged to share in the historic moment by gathering on the streets outside their offices with their colleagues or outside their homes with family where they can blow their vuvuzelas, wave the South African flag or hoot if they are in their cars.

The campaign is an initiative of Southern Sun, Primedia Broadcasting and Supersport.