African artists for World Cup

THE government plans to assemble artists from other African countries as part of the 2010 World Cup festivities.

THE government plans to assemble artists from other African countries as part of the 2010 World Cup festivities.

This was announced yesterday by Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana during a panel discussion in Soweto to discuss 2010 World Cup legacy projects.

The event took place at Orlando Stadium, one of the legacy projects that will also be used as a World Cup training venue.

"We are working with SADC (Southern African Development Community) and African Union ministers on programmes for the 2010 World Cup," Xingwana said.

"The opening ceremony (of the World Cup) is not about the 90 minutes. We will hold festivals. We are planning an African Day where we will promote Africa and showcase our readiness."

Xingwana said they would set up public viewing areas so that the South African public would be able to watch the tournament. She said the government would also produce portraits of soccer legends, among them Steve "Kalamazoo" Mokone.

Danny Jordaan, Local Organising Committee chief executive, said they were excited that world-class facilities were also being built in the townships. Jordaan said they were happy that the preparations for the World Cup were going well.

Kjetil Siem, Premier Soccer League chief executive, described Orlando Stadium as one of the best sports facilities in the world.

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