Sandton abuzz as SA gets into Cup fever

SANDTON was buzzing yesterday with people who had come to celebrate the 100 days to the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup kickoff.

SANDTON was buzzing yesterday with people who had come to celebrate the 100 days to the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup kickoff.

People gathered outside the Sandton Convention Centre on Maude Street, where the festivities were held.

Dressed in their soccer regalia and waving South African flags, people danced the diski jive and sang the national anthem.

Two South African Defence Force helicopters that were supposed to fly the flag over the venue did not do so. Instead they just flew over the spectators.

About 200 pupils from the Joburg Home for Vulnerable Children and Sizwile School for the Deaf were bussed to the venue.

Salvin Jacobs was one of the lucky ones. "I am so excited. South Africa is ready to host the greatest football extravaganza," he said.

"We are not going overseas to watch soccer teams. Instead we are the overseas that people are coming to."

Phil Phologang, who sells flags, vuvuzelas and other soccer wares, said: "This is very exciting. I am making a lot of money because of the World Cup.

"Today I hope to make at least R2000 from the people gathered here."

Entertainment was provided by Steve Hofmeyr and Brian Temba.

The City of Johannesburg also promoted their "You make Joburg great" campaign by giving away free T-shirts to the public.

The Diski Striker vehicle from the James Hall Museum of Transport was also at the venue.

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