THE eThekwini municipality speaker James Nxumalo yesterday urged the people of KwaZulu-Natal particularly those residing in and around Durban, to treat visitors to the 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament in June with the outmost respect and dignity.

Nxumalo was speaking at Umlazi's Mega City Mall during the Adidas Unite Mzansi Unite countrywide campaign to encourage people to support Bafana Bafana ahead of the World Cup finals in June.

A massive truck with a gigantic Bafana jersey has been visiting all parts of the country as a build-up to the biggest soccer tournament in the world. People are encouraged to sign the jersey, which will be handed to Bafana Bafana team before kick-off.

"Let's welcome the people of other countries who will be visiting our shores with a smile. Treat the visitors well, especially when they visit our townships.

"Cook nice local food for them because they will be coming to taste what we eat in our townships," said Nxumalo.

Concerning reports that some countries will bring their own security personnel because of crime, Nxumalo said such sentiments were "created by people who want to make business out of the tournament".

Adidas spokesperson Zokuzwe Ngobese said they would be going to KwaMashu today and will be at the Workshop Mall in Durban's city centre at the weekend.

Celebrities and local artists including L'vovo Derrango, Ntokozo Masinga, Msawawa, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Bongi Dube, Sifiso Ncwane, DJs Tira, Sox and Bongs, renowned playwright and composer Mbongeni Ngema, television and media personality Zanele Mbokazi, comedian Pastor Mjosti and Vika Mthembu have all thrown their weight behind the UMU campaign by signing the giant Bafana Bafana jersey on the Adidas branded truck.