DISKI dancing has taken Johannesburg by storm, and even the old are joining in the moves.

Sandton's Nelson Mandela Square hosted training sessions for diski dancing, Jabulile Khumalo of the Sandton Convention Centre led the 50 days to kickoff celebrations with step-by-step lessons on the dance moves to the delight of local onlookers and tourists.

Diski dance motivator Desmon Mangena said: "I think the dance is good for South Africa because it shows that we are ready for the World Cup. I believe Bafana will reach the semifinals ... don't forget that we have home-ground advantage."

One of the dancers, Cecilia Pestona, who arrived late for the session but promised to catch up, said: "I am excited (about being part of the dancers), absolutely. We have to stand together as a nation."

Musa Ngubane, who was taking part in the dance routine for the first time, said: "It's a bit of a challenge, but it's exciting. South Africans must now get into the World Cup mood. It will be great."

Buyi Matayi, who at the age of 60 was also taking part in the routine, said: "I think diski dancing is very good. I love it."

Meanwhile, Ekurhuleni mayor Ntombi Mekgwe has encouraged the metro's residents to get behind the national team.

Mekgwe was speaking on Tuesday night at a braai where the SA Rugby Union (Saru) declared its official support and endorsement of the Fifa World Cup at the Southern Sun OR Tambo Hotel in Kempton Park.

The first citizen of Ekurhuleni said she, and all the residents of the metro, was "101percent behind the national team and commend Saru for declaring its support for Bafana Bafana".