THE government has formed a tripartite alliance with the City of Johannesburg and Local Organising Committee to present the 2010 World Cup opening and closing ceremonies at a cost of R120million.
The three structures will each contribute R40million, said Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana at a media briefing in Pretoria yesterday.
More than 2000 South Africans have been roped in to perform at the two ceremonies, which will be attended by various heads of state. Xingwana, whose department is using the World Cup to educate South Africans about national symbols, said the two ceremonies will be among the best in the world.
"We are working hard to make it a super extravaganza, to make all Africans proud, and to ensure the opening and closing ceremonies will be a resounding success."
She urged South Africans to rally round Bafana Bafana and the other five African teams taking part in the World Cup. The other African countries in the quadrennial soccer fiesta are Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Algeria.
"We made it clear that the tournament will be an African World Cup when we were bidding. Let's make it African in the true sense of the word by rallying behind the continental teams.
"We are impressed by the performance of Bafana Bafana, especially in the last two matches (where they defeated Colombia 2-1 and Guatemala 5-0) and I believe they will build on their recent performances," added Xingwana, who also commended South Africans for their unwavering support for Football Fridays.