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The City of Joburg is ready to host the 29th edition of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau confidently declared this week.

joburgready sideThe City of Joburg team is ready for Afcon JOHANNESBURG is truly ready for this weekend’s opening ceremony and to host this sporting spectacle. The people of our country and the continent are ready, with tickets already sold out for the opening ceremony. The City is ready for a month of the beautiful game,” Executive Mayor Tau said during a media tour to assess and showcase the City’s readiness to host and welcome visitors to Jozi.
Johannesburg is one of the five cities selected to host this biennial soccer extravaganza. It will host the opening ceremony and the opening game between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde Islands at the National Stadium (Soccer City/FNB Stadium) on Saturday January 19, the second Group A match between Angola and Morocco later the same day, and the closing ceremony and final on Sunday February 10. The other host cities are Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and Rustenburg.
The chief executive officer of Stadium Management South Africa, Jacques Grobbelaar assured everyone that the stadium and the pitch were ready.
“We are very satisfied with the state of the pitch. Five weeks ago, we had no pitch. We are very happy with its colour and its lushness. The new pitch is ideal and we don’t expect any problems,” said Grobbelaar.
Soccer great and member of the SA Masters and Legends Football Association, Jacob
Buddha Mathathe, said he, too, was satisfied with the state of the pitch and the readiness of the stadium.
“This pitch is very enticing; I’d love to play a game on it. I’m confident Bafana Bafana are going to rise to the occasion,” said Mathathe.


Spectator transportation

Spectators attending the opening and closing ceremonies and matches have the following transportation options available:

  • Catch the Rea Vaya bus at a cost of R17 return from any Rea Vaya station or stop in Soweto and the Johannesburg inner city. Rea Vaya bus services will commence at noon for the opening ceremony on Saturday. There will be five-minute intervals between buses
  • Catch a train: Fans will be able to travel to the stadium by train free of charge on the presentation of the match ticket on match day.
  • Park and Ride facilities: Park your car at Constitution Hill, Metro Centre, Thuso House or
  • Westgate and catch a Rea Vaya bus to the stadium. The return ticket costs R30 a person.
  • This service will begin operating four hours before the opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Park and Walk facilities: Park your car at designated places within stadium precinct at a cost of R50 a sedan, R100 a taxi and R400 a bus

Public viewing areas

Johannesburg’s nine “township TV parks” will be up and running but not for the opening or closing games. Community members can watch the matches on high definition big-screen TV monitors at any of the following venues.

  • Sarafina Park in Diepsloot
  • Ivory Park in Midrand;
  • Joubert Park in Joubert Park, Johannesburg;
  • Thokoza Park in Thokoza Park, Soweto;
  • Kremetart Park in Eldorado Park;
  • Orlando West in Orlando;
  • Rose Park in Lenasia;
  • Regional Park 4424/8 in Orange Farm; and
  • Diepkloof Extreme Park in Diepkloof