Rugby World Cup 2011

Townships to get RWC feel

2011-09-08 18:10
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Cape Town - Rugby fans in South African townships will have a chance to watch the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup matches live on big screens virtually in their own backyards.

This is thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between SARU and Township TV, which will now make it possible for these communities to watch their national rugby heroes in action.

As part of Absa Boktown, the official SARU and Springbok Supporter Club event platform for fans, SARU has created this unique viewing experience to cater for the grassroots community.

Township TV aims to provide South African townships with a unique form of entertainment in a safe and secure environment, at no cost, by installing big screen televisions in strategic locations within the township communities.

“This initiative will go far beyond rugby as it will seek to re-create the jamboree community atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the successful FIFA Soccer World Cup last year,” said SARU Community and PR Manager, Khaya Mayedwa.

SARU is funding this unique programme at 22 township venues across the country for the duration of global rugby showpiece.

Furthermore, SARU will activate coaching clinics and Tag Rugby matches for local kids at five of these venues. Bokkie, the SARU Mascot will also attend and fans are urged to wear green and gold on Bokdays and on Bok match days.

The Township TV Parks will be activated at the following venues:

Diepsloot, Diepkloof (Soweto), Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Joubert Park, Thokoza (Soweto), Orange Farm, Elandsdoorn (Limpopo), Siluma Kwanele (Kathlehong), Mhluzi (Middelburg), Kwa Thema (Springs), Ethafeni (Tembisa), Umkhanyakude (Richards Bay), Orlando West, Masoyi (Wit Rivier), KwaMashu (KwaZulu-Natal), Motherwell (Port Elizabeth), George, Mqolomba Park (Uitenhage), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), Khayelitsha (Western Cape).


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