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AFCON 2013: Joburg ready to rock and roll Print E-mail
05 December 2012
The City of Joburg is pulling out all stops to ensure the Africa Cup of Nations’ opening and closing ceremonies become the unforgettable success they ought to be.
With a few weeks to go before the kick-off of the first match at FNB Stadium, the city has declared itself ready to co-host the biggest soccer showpiece on the African continent. “Our transport system, safety and security, and emergency services are ready. We have also started with a clean-up campaign to make the city beautiful.
“In early January, we will mobilise schoolchildren to take part in a clean-up campaign,” said Nabintu Petsana, the city’s Group Head of Communications and Tourism. The city has extended an invitation to big business to join hands with it in its efforts to make the Johannesburg legs of the soccer extravaganza an affair that will linger on in people's memories for a long time to come.
According to Petsana, the tournament affords the city with an “excellent opportunity” to market itself. The city will soon buy advertising space in the print media and has also targeted radio slots to increase the momentum of the awareness campaign.
At a breakfast meeting attended by the captains of industry at the Metro Centre on Tuesday, Petsana made an appeal to businesses to contribute to the creation of the necessary vibe in the media, especially TV, to maximise the tournament's exposure.
The City Manager Trevor Fowler called on Johannesburg residents to bring back the spirit of “Football Fridays” by wearing soccer jerseys of the national team. “It is important that Johannesburg residents go back to the mood of optimism and celebration. There are many positives that we can look up to despite what happened at Marikana recently,” said Fowler.
Fowler said Johannesburg had an excellent public transport system that included the Gautrain, Metro buses and the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system. He added that he would like to see more and more people using public transport, especially around the time of the staging of Afcon’s opening match and the final at FNB Stadium. 
The tournament’s opening ceremony will take place on January 19, whereas the closing ceremony will be on February 10.

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Last Updated on 14 January 2013