Townships get in on Bok action

Friday, September 9, 2011
Kemantha Govender

Durban - Rugby fans in South African townships will have a chance to watch the Springboks' World Cup matches live on big screens. 

A partnership between the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and Township TV will make it possible for these communities to watch their national rugby heroes in action. 

As part of Absa Boktown, the official SARU and Springbok Supporter Club event platform for fans, SARU has created this viewing experience to cater for the grassroots community.

Big screen televisions will be installed in strategic locations within the township communities. 

"This initiative will go far beyond rugby, as it will seek to re-create the jamboree community atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the successful FIFA Soccer World Cup last year," said SARU Community and PR Manager, Khaya Mayedwa.

SARU is funding this programme at 22 township venues across the country for the duration of global rugby showpiece. 

SARU will activate coaching clinics and Tag Rugby matches for local children at five of these venues. 

Bokkie, the SARU mascot, will also attend and fans are urged to wear green and gold on Bokdays and on Bok match days.

The Township TV Parks will be activated at the following venues: 

Diepsloot, Diepkloof (Soweto), Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Joubert Park, Thokoza, 
Orange Farm, Elandsdoorn (Limpopo), Siluma Kwanele (Kathlehong), Mhluzi (Middelburg)
Kwa Thema (Springs), Ethafeni (Tembisa), Umkhanyakude (Richards Bay),Orlando West, Masoyi (Wit Rivier), KwaMashu (KwaZulu-Natal), Motherwell (Port Elizabeth), George, Mqolomba Park (Uitenhage), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), Khayelitsha (Western Cape). - BuaNews