Tshwane stands ready to welcome medallists

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tshwane - The City of Tshwane stands ready to welcome the three triumphant South African athletes - Caster Semenya, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, and Tshepo Mokwena - as they return from Berlin, Germany.

The three have just touched down at O R Tambo International airport, to much fanfare and excitement.

After a press conference, the Tshwane Metro Police will escort the athletes from the airport to Pretoria, where they will meet with President Jacob Zuma.

After meeting the President, the athletes will be taken on a victory parade through the Tshwane CBD.

The athletes and the entire entourage will be escorted by a Women's only Bike Squad from the Tshwane Metro Police.

"This will be in celebration of Women's Month and in particular, to celebrate the overwhelming support that Caster Semenya in particular has received from all South Africans and women in particular," said the City of Tshwane Community Safety Department in a statement.

It is expected that the city centre may at some stage be brought to a standstill.

The City of Tshwane has urged people to come out in their numbers and in particular line the following streets for the parade: Church Street, turning left into Prinsloo, turning right into Pretorius, turning right into Paul Kruger, then making a round at Church Square, then left into Paul Kruger, right into Skinner, then into Schubart and out of the city.

A large crowd in expected to gather at Church Square in particular, to welcome the three.