Thousands converge at Durban City Hall

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Durban - Not discouraged by the dull, cloudy and chilly weather, thousands of people are starting to converge at Durban's City Hall to watch their local hero, Jacob Zuma, being inaugurated as President, via satellite on a big screen.

Wearing colourful yellow and black t-shirts with the face of Mr Zuma, a number of people, unable to travel to Union Buildings to attend the event live, have arrived at the City Hall to watch the inauguration live on a big screen.

Even the cold wet weather couldn't keep people away from witnessing Mr Zuma's historic inauguration.

Sihle Mthembu told BuaNews that when he woke up and saw the cold weather, he told himself that he won't let the weather prevent him from coming to the City Hall.

"I could have stayed at home and watched the inauguration on the television, but I wanted to join other people and celebrate. I wanted to feel the vibe with other people shouting, singing and dancing to Msholozi's song 'Mshini wami'," said Mr Mthembu.

Another excited resident Sindisiwe Zikode said: "I would not miss the Msholozi's inauguration for anything. I am here to see the local man being given the biggest position in the country. Now we as the people from the rural areas can be proud of ourselves. Most of all we are pleased to see Zuma as the President of this country."

Ms Zikode shared the same sentiments as Mr Mthembu, adding that she came to city because she wanted to also experience the vibe with other people once Mr Zuma was officially announced as the President of South Africa.

Other big screen events in KwaZulu-Natal will be held at the Ixopo's Jolivet Community Hall, In Inchanga at Michael Gwala Community Hall, in Inanda at the Bester Hall, in Nagina at the Nagina Sports Hall, Umlazi at the Mbalenhle Hall, in Umzinto at the Umzinto Sports ground, in Imbali Unit 13 at the KwaMadumi Hall.

Residents from President-elect Zuma's hometown Nkandla will also have a big screen event at the Ntolwane Village in Lindela.

Other events will take place in Dududu at the St Martin Primary School and in Tongaat's Civic Centre, in Ndwedwe at the Nombika Sports ground, in Bhamshela at the KwaDeda Hall, in KwaDukuza at the recreation ground, in Nqutu at the Qedusizi Primary School Hall and in Ladysmith at the town hall.

In the Eastern Cape, the public can celebrate the day at seven big screen events across the province. Residents living in Dutywa will be able to join in the celebrations at the Town Hall, while people living in Queenstown can attend the big screen event at the Dumpy Adams Stadium.

In Mt Frere, hundreds of people are expected to gather at the KwaNophoyi Thusong Centre, in Mthatha at the OR Tambo Hall in Southernwood, in Port Elizabeth at the NNMU Missionvale Campus Sports Arena, in Grahamstown at the Indoor Sports Centre and at the Barkly East Community Hall.

In the Free State, crowds of people will gather in Bloemfontein at the Rocklands Community Hall, while people living in Thaba 'Nchu can go to the Mmabana Cultural Centre to witness the historic inauguration.

Residents living in Botshabel can watch the live broadcast on a big screen set up at the Botshabelo Thusong Srvice Centre, while in Namahadi the event will be screened at the Local Thusong Service Centre.

Big screen events will also take place in Qwaqwa at the Charles Mopedi Stadium, in the Ngwathe Local Municiplaity at the Tumahole and Parys and in Trompsburg at the Kopanong Thusong Centre.

In Limpopo, ten such events will take place in Makhando - Near Kutama Tribal Office, Thulamela - Mulamula Tribal Hall, Lepelle -Nkumpi - Lebowakgomo Civic Centre, Polokwane - Maja Tribal Hall, Fetakgomo - Fetakgomo Municipal Hall, Makhuduthamaga - Rob Ribas Hall, Greater, Tzaneen - Bulamahlo Thusong Centre, Greater Giyani - Giyani Community Hall, Bela Bela - Pienars River Hall and Thabazimb - Community Hall.

People living in the North West, can attend big screen events at the Manthe Village's Tribal Hall, Lethabong Community Hall in Rustenburg, Maquassi Hills's Boskuil Primary School and in Mafikeng's Barolong-bo- Rayshidi Community.

In Mpumalanga, big screen events will take place in Kameelrivier's Stadium B, Thulumahashe's Stadium and in Volksrust's Show Grounds.

Residents living in the Western Cape will be able to enjoy the event at the Beaufort West Thusong Service Centre.