Roads are being cordoned off, stages are under construction and banners are being hung to welcome the thousands of people expected to throng into the city centre.
The draw will be an internationally televised event at the Cape Town
International Convention Centre (CTICC) to determine the match order of
the 32 participating teams.
More than 150 million people from 200 countries are expected to watch the big event.
It will be accompanied by a festival on Long Street, which has been
organised to give Capetonians a taste of how the fan parks will
The Long Street event will feature live entertainment, including top
South African artists such as Freshlyground and Jimmy Dludlu and video links to the CTICC, so that revellers can watch the Draw live.
The festival is expected to go on late into the night.
The draw will be attended by some 3,000 international guests, including team representatives, FIFA executives.
Football celebrities like Ruud Gullit, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane
and Franz Beckenbauer are some of the football greats who will also
invade the Mother City along with sponsors and the international media.
The Long Street festival is expected to attract about 15,000 people and
altogether, both events are expected to boost this year’s visitor
figure to over a million.
The annual switching on of Cape Town’s festive lights in Adderley
Street on Sunday kick-started the festive season.
Over 50,000 people
gathered in central Cape Town to enjoy the free, open-air concert with
artists Ringo Madlingozi, Jozi, Emo Adams, The Rockets, Ready D, Die
Broers, Soli Philander and Joe Barber.
Fans enjoyed the ‘Soccer Zone’, near the Heerengracht Circle,
where they met players from Ajax CT, Santos FC and Bafana Bafana stars,
Matthew Booth and Lance Davids. Other entertainment included a diski
dance competition, five-a-side football games and ‘foosball’ play-offs.
According to BuaNews, a dedicated Festive Season Co-ordination
Committee, representing various city departments, has been established
to oversee the implementation of strategies to contribute towards a
safe, clean and enjoyable experience for all visitors and residents
during the festive season.