WITH only 3million tickets set aside for the 2010 World Cup, the Department of Arts and Culture has created public viewing areas across the country for fans who can't make it to the stadiums.
The department's World Cup project manager, Dudu Mazibuko, said they had set up 12 public viewing areas in different provinces to bring the tournament closer to the people.
The areas are Galeshewe, Tzaneen, Boland, Mamelodi, Thulamahashe, Mdantsane, Welkom, Sebokeng, Mmabatho, Pietermaritzburg, Nongoma and Mthatha.
"We are working closely with the SABC and various municipalities on this project," Mazibuko said yesterday.
"Our people will get the opportunity to watch the historic World Cup on their doorsteps. It will be impossible for all of us to get tickets to watch the matches, so the public viewing areas are a great platform for all the people to get a feel for the World Cup.
"Fans at all the public viewing areas will be entertained by musicians from their areas and other national artists."
The Tzaneen public viewing area will be based at NkowaNkowa Stadium. Faith Mashianoke, manager of planning and economic development at the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, said they had piloted the public viewing areas during last year's Confederations Cup.
"This is a World Cup experience that will bring games to the people who cannot afford or get to the live matches," she said.