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Getting to tonight's game


FOR tonight's match between Ghana and Germany at Soccer City, people not attending the game are urged to avoid the area completely, so they do not add to traffic congestion and obstructions.

The match kicks off at 8.30pm and is going to be a challenge from a transport perspective, as it clashes with the evening peak to Soweto and the other areas in the south of the city.

Residents are warned to take alternative routes as Soweto Highway and Nasrec Road will be completely closed to ordinary traffic.

From the beginning of the tournament on 11 June, ticket holders have been urged to arrive at games as early as possible. For tonight's match, they are advised to leave for the game at least five hours before kickoff.

They have been encouraged to use the various modes of public transport that have been made available - Rea Vaya buses cost R12 for a return ticket from all CBD and Soweto Rea Vaya stations to the stadium, while Metrorail will be running free services to the stadium from 4.30pm.

Normal Rea Vaya services will run until 4pm after which only the event services will operate. Metrobus will run a service from Sandton in northern Joburg to Westgate Transport Hub in the southwest of the inner city, where fans can board a Rea Vaya bus or train to the stadium.

The popular stops are at Innes Free Park and on the corner of Rivonia Road and West Street, across the road from the Gautrain Station.

Spectators with Park and Walk tickets are advised to plan their trip coherently. Shareworld parking ticket holders must use the N1 South and then the N17 off ramp.

Aeroton parking ticket holders must use the M1 South, taking the Nasrec Road off ramp; or the Golden Highway off ramp from the N1 South. Rand Show parking ticket holders must use the Rand Show off ramp from the N1 or the M1.

People who arrive at Park and Rides without parking tickets will be turned away. Those who park their cars near the Park and Rides and want to just walk in, will not be allowed to travel on the Park and Ride buses.

The City of Joburg has arranged for additional safe and secure parking at Westgate and Gold Reef City for fans who are determined to use their own vehicles. Parking at the Westgate Rea Vaya station is on the west side of the station on Anderson Street. About 400 bays have been made available on a first come, first served basis.

In addition to parking, two passengers will receive free tickets for the Rea Vaya BRT for R100.

The Gold Reef City Theme Park parking lot will also be used for parking. A parking ticket costs R100 and will entitle the ticket holder to discounted entrance the next time they visit Gold Reef City. About 800 parking bays will be made available.