As a trial run for the 2010 World Cup fan parks, the provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport will televise the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at one of Cape Town’s planned 2010 public viewing sites this weekend.

Hundreds of fans are expected to descend on the Gugulethu Sports Complex on Saturday for the PSL match, set to kick off at the Mmabatho Stadium at 3.30pm.

Department spokesperson Gert Witbooi said the event would give local authorities and spectators a foretaste of the “2010 experience”.

“We will be putting up big television screens and hope to make it an unforgettable experience for supporters and everyone who will be attending,” said Witbooi.

“The idea is not just for people to come and watch the match, but also for them to spend time together and to be entertained before and after the derby. We have arranged entertainment, activities for the kids and a soccer clinic.”

Witbooi said the weekend’s event would be the first of a series of matches at public fan parks in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup.

Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC Cameron Dugmore said assuring safe and secure fan parks was just one of the department’s many 2010 focus areas.

PUBLICATION: (Cape Argus) (Page 4)
AUTHOR: Clayton Barnes
DATED: 12th November 2008