R KELLY magic at cape bash

AMERICAN R&B superstar R Kelly will perform at a massive Cape Town street party this afternoon as the city "welcomes the world" to the World Cup.

The party will kick off in Darling Street in the centre of town from 2pm, and is expected to attract over 80000 people.

The internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter arrived in the country on Sunday for his much-anticipated performance at the opening concert of the World Cup at Johannesburg's Soccer City tomorrow.

Other artists to wow the crowds at the party include HHP, JR, Kurt Darren, Vicky Sampson and Flip a Coin.

Mayor Dan Plato said the World Cup had "inspired many Capetonians and businesses to take part in this once-in-a lifetime street party".

The street party also includes a carnival parade and the switching on of Adderley Street's spectacular soccer lights.

Cape Town's World Cup spokesperson Pieter Cronje said the lighting ceremony was also meant to mark the launch of a national unity and world peace campaign in line with former president Nelson Mandela's dream.

Madiba marks his 92nd birthday on July 18, just a week after the one-month long event.

Meanwhile, it's all systems go at Cape Town's public viewing areas.

The official Fifa fan park is in the city centre's Grand Parade.

Fans can find other public viewing areas at Khayelitsha's OR Tambo Hall and the Bellville Velodrome. Mitchells Plain residents can head for the Swartklip Sports Complex, on the corner of Tafelberg and Spine roads, Swartklip, Mitchells Plain. The fourth public viewing area is Vygieskraal Stadium, Johnston Road, Athlone.

The public viewing areas will be open from 11am to 11pm on all Cape Town Stadium match days, all Bafana Bafana match days, the quarter finals, the semi finals and the final.