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1000 days to go: let's celebrate

By unknown | Sep 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Tomorrow it will be exactly 1 000 days until the kickoff of the first match of the 2010 World Cup tournament here in South Africa.

To mark the milestone, the 2010 Local Organising Committee has organised celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

LOC director of communications Tim Modise said the festivities will allow those at the helm of organising the soccer spectacular the opportunity to give people a comprehensive report on the progress made by the LOC so far.

"We would like people to come and hear about the successes and challenges we as the LOC have encountered so far," he said.

"The people were there when the announcement that we will host [the World Cup] was made - they should be there to learn about their role in ensuring that our country realises the potential to be an excellent host that it can be."

Among the top officials expected to speak at the event are President Thabo Mbeki, Tshwane executive mayor Gwen Ramokgopa and ministers Makhenkesi Stofile and Essop Pahad.

The 2010 World Cup ambassadors Phil Masinga, Mark Fish and Lucas Radebe will also be present.

The Tshwane city council said transport has been arranged to have people from nearby townships transported into the city for the occasion.

The day will start with 300 children taking part in six-a-side street soccer matches from 9am, and the event will be broadcast on SABC television at 2pm.


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