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By Penwell Dlamini | Jun 11, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

TAVERN owners in Soweto have lined up entertainment and the stage is set in the Fan Fest viewing areas. This morning they are counting the hours to kickoff.

Some of the entertainment began last night.

Owen Ndlovu, owner of The Change Room Lounge in Pimville, was already expecting patrons to arrive yesterday.

"We will begin with a ladies' night tonight. We will treat all ladies to free wine. After the Fifa Opening Concert we will continue with DJs," Ndlovu said.

He said after the game between Uruguay and France in Cape Town tonight he would have another after-party. This will be the order of the day for the duration of the tournament.

About 15 minutes away at Elkah Stadium in Rockville, workmen were busy with the final touches. They are expecting 35000 people to turn up today.

Gates open at 10am and the entertainment will continue until midnight. A beer garden and food vendors will be there too.

Amos Chabalala, 22, of Meadowlands, will be there.

"The Fan Fest is the closest I can get to a stadium atmosphere, so I'm coming with my friends and I'll be here for the after-party," he said.

Nimrod Baloyi, 25, will not miss the opportunity.

"I don't think I'll get another chance in my lifetime, so I'll be at the Fan Fest," he said.


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