City residents and officials celebrated the first anniversary of the 2010 World Cup with live music on 10 June. Blankets were also donated to disadvantaged school children on the day.
IT WAS 2010 on replay: a sea of yellow Bafana Bafana shirts and the loud wail of an army of vuvuzelas. This was the scene at the Expo Centre in Nasrec on 10 June as City residents celebrated the World Cup’s first anniversary.
Chris VondoMMC for community development Chris VondoThe 2010 World Cup took place from 11 June to 11 July at ten venues across the country, with Joburg hosting 15 matches, including the opening and final match of the tournament. The 90 000-seat FNB Stadium, located in Nasrec, hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, while several games were played at Ellis Park.
Organised by the Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC), the event served as way for proud Joburgers to reflect on the football-induced magic and all that the city has managed to achieve since.
“Today we’re still enjoying the benefits of increased international interest, exposure and numerous legacy projects which have brought welcome injections into everything from our infrastructure to our civic pride and confidence,” Lindiwe Kwele, chief executive officer of the JTC, commented before Friday’s extravaganza.
Several mayoral committee members (MMCs) shared in the festivities by attending the event, and Matshidiso Mfikoe, Roslynn Greeff, Rehana Moosajee and Chris Vondo all showed their Joburg spirit. Mfikoe is portfolio head of public safety; Greeff heads up Infrastructure and Services; Moosajee is responsible for Transport; and Vondo is in charge of Community Development.
“The World Cup has shown us that sport acts as a catalyst for change,” said Vondo, whose responsibilities include community development, social assistance and sport and recreation.
MusicA local music band provides entertainment“Our successful hosting of the World Cup left a legacy, one which includes Football for Hope centres, such as the one in Alexandra, to aid development of sports facilities and education.”
Football for Hope centres use football in programmes to bring about education relating to issues such as HIV/Aids awareness, literacy and gender equality and integration.
Vondo also acknowledged the event as a tribute to anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Albertina Sisulu, who passed away on 2 June: “We need to ensure that the legacy changes the lives of people, as she did,” he said.
As a way of carrying on the tournament’s legacy, guests at the even donated blankets that would later be handed over to students of Inkwenkwezi Primary School. The school is located in Diepkloof Zone 6 and many of the children who attend it come from disadvantaged homes.
Entertainment on the day was provided by the children from the school, which included singing and dancing. Local bands and deejays also added flavour.
The anniversary was also marked by the worldwide premiere of Anant Singh’s 2010 – Once in a Lifetime: The Movie, which was broadcast on Supersport 3 on Wednesday, 8 June.
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