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23-01-2013: City Parks and Township TV brings the AFCON games to the people.
23 January 2013
Johannesburg City Parks in partnership with Township TV will be broadcasting all matches of the Orange African Cup of Nations (AFCON) at 9 public parks within the City of Johannesburg. 
 
This exciting soccer extravaganza is reminiscent of the 2010 FIFA World Cup fever, which saw thousands of soccer fans glued to their screens all over the country.  Community members in Ivory Park, Orange Farm, Diepsloot and Diepkloof in Soweto will be given the added opportunity to enjoy the games and an assortment of local entertainment while making use of their parks on 23 and 27 January, and 6 February 2013 for the SA vs Angola, SA vs Morocco and the semi-finals respectively.
 
Avid soccer fans and their families can look forward to live entertainment. Local DJ’s spinning their decks and dance groups who will set the tone for the much-hyped SA games.  Face-painters will also be on hand to entertain the children. 
“Johannesburg City Parks is making every effort to ensure that the AFCON games are memorable and leaves a legacy that benefited communities,” stated the member of the mayoral committee for Community Development, Councillor Chris Vondo.
 
Vondo, added that wellness screening tests will be conducted at some of the sites in the build-up to the games as well and where possible local service providers have been commissioned.
In an effort to avoid overcrowding, City Parks will limit the entrance to the public viewing parks to 2000 people on the day of the games.
 
The four fan parks will be adorned with the local flavour of makarapas, SA flags, vuvuzelas and the patriotic fervour of our soccer fans in support of Bafana Bafana.  
 
Johannesburg City Parks and Township TV aims to engage with the local communities on issues about the environment, health, sport, education, youth and current affairs, and to draw families into the city’s parks to enjoy a healthy, outdoor experience. 
 
The Gauteng Department of Health will be offering community members free health screening tests (HIV), as well as health education at Ivory, Diepsloot, Diepkloof and Orange Farm Parks during the South African matches and for the semi-final. Mobile health hubs and gazebos will be placed in each of the four parks from 10:00 until the first game commences.  Members of the community are encouraged to take advantage of these free health screening tests.
 
Security has been beefed-up as well. City Parks will have a 24-hour monitoring and security presence in all parks that have big screen televisions. In addition, these parks will be cleaned regularly and local health accredited vendors will be present.
 
The public viewing sites that will host various entertainment activities for the South African matches and the semi-final game are:
Sarafina Park, Ext 2, Diepsloot 
Ivory Park, Haile Selassie Street, Midrand 
Diepkloof Extreme Park, Immink Street, Diepkloof
Orange Farm, off Regional Street, Ext 1
 
Residents are invited to dress for the weather, pack a family picnic and to come out in their numbers. No alcohol will be allowed at any of the nine parks that have big screens.
 
For more information call Joburg Parks on 011 712-6600 or visit us on www.jhbcityparks.com 
 
Issued by:
Councillor Chris Vondo
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Joburg
 
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Last Updated on 25 January 2013