Media release

Government calls on South Africans to continue being good hosts

17 June 2010

17 June 2010

Government appeals to the nation to continue rallying behind the country’s hosting of the historic 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko says: “We are still in the initial stages of the tournament. And this is not the time to pull back, regardless of the disappointment we may feel after Bafana Bafana’s loss to Uruguay on 16 June 2010.”

“The success of the tournament is dependent on our hospitality as a host nation. After all, this is still our World Cup. It is upon us to make it a success” says Maseko
Fan Parks and Public Viewing Areas will still be open to the public, free of charge, throughout the tournament. Government calls on South Africans to continue making use to these facilities.

“Since the opening game on 11 June 2010, South Africans have heeded the call to be good hosts, coming out in numbers to create a thrilling atmosphere for the tournament. We need to continue doing this, irrespective of Bafana Bafana’s performance.”

All nine host cities have in place World Cup transport plans with a public transport focus.  These are supported by Park-and-Rides as well as Park-and-Walks. Fans are encouraged to plan their trips in advance to the stadiums, fan parks and public viewing areas. Those going to these venues should arrive preferably at least three hours before kick-off. Fans are therefore encouraged to use these facilities.

For further enquires please contact
Themba Maseko
Government Spokesperson
Cell: 083 645 0810

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)


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