Soccer fever is at it’s hottest today as each and every South African awaits the opening of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.
The soccer is everywhere – from the flags and vuvuzelas adorning most cars to the wearing of soccer shirts and outfits on Friday. Even grocery stores and pharmacies are stocking up on headache tablets for those of us who party a little too hard.
The opening ceremony starts at 2pm tomorrow (11th June 2010) and then the first match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico begins. Most companies are closing early so that their staff members can watch the ceremony.
I have posted a list of the mtn fan parks previously but here it is again:
1 – Cape Town – venue: Grand Parade incorporating City Hall
2 – Port Elizabeth – venue: St Georges Park
3 – Nelspruit venue: Bergvlam High School
4 – Polokwane – venue: Cricket Club
5 – Johannesburg – venue 1: Elkah Stadium in Soweto
6 – Johannesburg – venue 2: Innisfree Park in Sandton
7 – Rustenburg – venue: Field College School
8 – Pretoria/Tshwane – venue: Centurion Cricket Ground
9 – Durban – venue: New Beach (beachfront area)(outside Suncoast)
10 – Bloemfontein – venue: Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre
Even though everyone is excited, we have to be extra careful when it comes to the whereabouts of our children. There has been a lot of reports about children going missing and being used in the human trafficking industry.
Mr Price stores have been declared “Safe Places” for our children during the Soccer World Cup. Every Mr Price store will be staffed with personnel trained by Open Door and The Development House. These ‘Go To’ people will be wearing large ‘Safe Place’ badges. These staff will be trained to ensure that the necessary authorities are contacted and procedure is followed to assist a child to be reunited with their parents or guardian.
For those of you who haven’t yet seen the video for the official 2010 world cup song here it is:
To all South Africans – Have a good time and enjoy the parties and please don’t forget to be more careful with your children.