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Cape Town World Cup – Hours To Go!!

June 10, 2010

The 10 hour Cape Town street party/festival is under way at the Grand Parade as the count down continues;

This video is to highlight the Fifa Fan Fest which will be situated at the Grand Parade for the full tournament.

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Cape Town Party Road Closures

June 8, 2010

The Cape Town street part on Thursday 10th June will cause certain road closures in Cape Town. Tourists and city workers should be aware of the following closed roads;

There will be intermittent road closures from 14:00 to 24:00 in and around the Grand Parade;

  • Keizergracht street
  • Buitenkant street
  • Darling street
  • Plein street
  • Parade street
  • Corporation street
  • Burg street
  • Wale street
  • Bloem street
  • Green street

There will be NO on street parking until midnight on the following streets;

  • Keizergracht between Sir Lowry and Tennant Street
  • Darling Street
  • Adderley Street between Strand and Wale Street
  • Wale Street between Adderley and Burg Streets
  • Queen Victoria Street between Wale and Bloem Streets

All businesses, residents and pedestrians wishing to enter these streets will only be allowed access through controlled permits.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these street closures and wish to thank all Capetonians in advance for their co-operation,” says Chief Inspector Merle Lourens of Cape Town Traffic Services.

“We advise all businesses to arrange that stock deliveries be done before June 10 in order to prevent traffic congestion on the day of the street festival,” she says.

“To minimise traffic disruptions, Cape Town Traffic Services will be on duty to redirect motorists and pedestrians. There will also be sufficient signage advising alternative routes,” says Lourens.

For a complete list of the road closures and restrictions during the period of the tournament, click here.

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Cape Towns Giant Vuvusela

June 4, 2010

In Cape Town there is a high way that was never finished… the road comes to a stop at the end of a bridge (dont ask – its a long story!)

Hyundai have decided they would build a massive Vuvusela (the very loud plastic horn that will be heard through out the world during the South Africa World Cup) off the end of the unfinished over-hang.

Giant Vuvusela

Giant Vuvusela

There is also a rumour going around they plan to hook up two giant truck horns and blast them every time a goal is scored at the Cape Town stadium during the World Cup. Only in Cape Town!!

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Cape Town World Cup Street Festival

June 3, 2010

Cape Town City

The city of Cape Town is gearing up for the biggest street party of them all. Thursday 10th June a 10 hour street party will begin on the Grand Parade. Up to 25,000 party goers are expected on the Grand Parade for a concert featuring an world class line-up of many local and international artistes.

The concert will be due to start at 14:00 and at 18:30 flaming torches will light a cauldron on the City Hall balcony – from which Nelson Mandela made his first speech after his release – to signal the start of the carnival parade. Then at 19:00, the Rainbow Parade featuring 2,000 Cape Minstrels will move through the city centre.

Also included in the parade is the switch on of eight colourful football streetlight displays in Adderley Street, nearly 10km of rope lights were used to create the light display. During the course of the night there will be many street performers, food stalls and entertainers welcoming locals and tourists to the start of the 2010 World Cup!

Is it expected that law enforcement officials will be out in full force and trains will run until 01:00. Bus services, including the City’s newly-launched MyCiTi service, will also be operational.

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SA Navy to defend Cape Town during World Cup

May 25, 2010

In order to protect the coastal city of Cape Town during the 2010 World Cup the South African navy have positioned themselves in Table Bay, the main entry point to the V&A Waterfront and home to much of Cape Towns World Cup activities.

Sally de Beer, a national police spokeswoman, said “SA Navy vessels were already on their way to strategic points, including off Cape Town in Table Bay, where they would be stationed to protect Cape Town from potential water-borne attacks.”

A Joint Operations Centre (JOC) is due to take control of all security, medical emergencies and responses to natural disasters on Thursday 3rd June seven days before the world cup kicks off. The police and the SA National Defence Force’s regional commanders will direct their officers from the JOC at the Harrington Street headquarters in Cape Towns city business district.

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Cape Town World Cup Safety

May 19, 2010

Alot of people traveling to South Africa and Cape Town for the world cup are worried about crime and being safe. Here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe enjoyable stay during the World Cup, most of the tips will be Cape Town focused but are applicable for the whole of South Africa.

  • Ensure that when driving you have a current road map book
  • Ensure you know the number of a tow service if you break down or are involved in an accident
  • Ensure you have enough petrol to complete your journey safely
  • If you are out late at night in an area that you are not familiar with be vigilant coming to and from your car/transport
  • Try not leave your camera hanging around your neck for too long – if you wont be using it for a while put it away in its protective case
  • If you are approached by a street beggar or a street seller and you do not wish to give money then politely say no and wave them on – if they persist then say no a little firmer, that usually does the trick
  • Do not travel into townships unless it is part of a guided tour with a reputable company
  • Never travel with more money than is necessary – leave all unneeded valuables in your hotel safe
  • When at cash points do not let anyone else ‘help’ you – be vigilant of people behind and around you
  • At traffic lights be vigilant of cars around you and people at the side of the roads
  • When traveling to and from World Cup games in Cape Town only use official transport and get out of the car/taxi/bus at designated stops

Emergency Numbers;

  • Any Emergency – from Telkom landline 107
  • Any Emergency – from Cellphone 112
  • Ambulance 10177
  • Automobile Association Rescue 080 001 0101
  • Fire – Residential & Mountain 021 535 1100
  • Flying Squad – Police 10111
  • Lifeline 021 461 1111
  • Mountain Rescue 021 948 9900
  • Sea Rescue – NSRI 021 449 3500
  • Tourist Assistance – Police 021 418 2852

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A WAG free 2010 World Cup

May 12, 2010

The word on the street is the 2010 world cup will be a WAG (wives and girl friends) free zone.

The WAGs are a group wives and girl friends of England football players that attract the journalists, paparazzi and all other vultures of the media world where ever they go – they tend to stick together in packs of 3 or 4 and can be seen heading from designer shop to designer shoe boutique occasionaly stopping off in trendy bars and spas along the way.

Notable WAGS include Victoria Beckham (married to David Beckham), Coleen McLoughlin and Cheryl Cole.

WAGS

The WAGS on patrol

The list of reasons why they are staying in the UK during the 2010 world cup range from a few of them having new born babies, the cold (?) South African winter and not enough designer shops or spas! The England manager, Fabio Capello, has also issues rules on time allowed with partners during this years world cup to limit distractions and dramas.

This Englishman living in Cape Town (I’ve been here for 3 years) is greatful they’ve never heard of the luxuries of Cape Town!

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Cape Town World Cup Transport

May 3, 2010

Getting around Cape Town during the World Cup will take some forward planning as there will be access restrictions in force on match days and different access restrictions on non match days.

World Cup stadium

Cape Town World Cup Transport Maps
Map A: Match day road closures and access restrictions
Map B: Non-match day road closures and access restrictions
Map C: Match day pedestrian routes
Map D: Additional road based public transport services for the event over and above the existing services
Map E: Public transport access points

The city’s main transport hub will be in Hertzog Boulevard outside the Civic Centre in central Cape Town. This is within easy walking distance of Cape Town Station, the Golden Acre bus terminus, station deck minibus taxi rank; metered-taxi ranks, long-distance bus terminal, FIFA Fan Fest and the fan walk to Cape Town Stadium. There will be a transport information kiosk at the transport hub, as well as volunteers to assist visitors.

Information on regular public transport in Cape Town is available on the 24/7 Transport Information Centre’s toll-free number, (+27) (0)800 65 64 63.

Enquiries to the City of Cape Town’s Transport Department can also be emailed to transport.info@capetown.gov.za

All information on all World Cup transport details in Cape Town – (http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/FIFA2010/Pages/Gettingaround.aspx)

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Latest World Cup News – 42 days to go

April 29, 2010

42 days till the kick off of the 19th Fifa World Cup to be held in South Africa;

Sir Geoff Hurst on Englands chances; “Rooney is the one player that England cannot afford to be without, Wayne, with the season he has had for Manchester United and England, needs to be playing. Apart from Rooney, you can’t afford to lose a Steven Gerrard or a Frank Lampard. If we don’t, we have got a chance.”
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=1201567/index.html

According to South African news paper, the Daily Voice, the opening game and world cup final should not be held in Joburg at the newly built Soccer City but at the Cape Town Stadium. “With just 43 days to go before South Africa take on Mexico in the opening game on June 11, contractors at Soccer City are still working feverishly to complete it before they hand it over to Fifa on May 20. During a tour of the Soweto stadium last week, construction workers were still busy putting up fencing, painting walls and working on air-conditioning.”
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=4&art_id=nw20100428111047621C521577&set_id=

Another South African fan claims that he has been issued with the wrong ticket. This time Kagaar Davids says he has been issued with 8 wheelchair tickets instead of his 8 standard category 4 tickets!
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=139&art_id=vn20100427120502620C596206

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Cape Town World Cup Ticket Update

April 26, 2010

All eight games for the 2010 World Cup in Cape Town have been reserved meaning that there are currently none available to the public.

Fifa have said there is a chance that small groups of tickets could become available in the future, this is thought to be when corporate ticket holders let their allocations go.

The 68,000 seater Cape Town stadium will be at capacity for every game, meaning that 544,000 fans will attend games in Cape Town!

Cape Town Stadium

In other news a Durban man sat in a ticketing que for 17 hours in Cape Town to be first in line only to recieve the wrong tickets. Mahesh Singh thought he had left the ticketing office with seven match tickets to the semi final on the 7th July in Durban only to find a few minutes later that he had bought seven tickets to the group match between Nigeria and South Korea instead.

Mr Singh is currently battling with Fifa and Match, the official ticketing company, in order to rectify the problem as he claims he filled out the forms correctly.

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