Chan strikes transport deal
Mvuzo Mbebe (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - A public transport solution, guaranteeing the ferrying of soccer fans to and from the stadium, has been concluded between the CAF African Nations Championship's (Chan) local organising committee (LOC) and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), the LOC said in a statement on Thursday.
The agreement reached between the two parties was valued at R11 million and involved 45 buses across the three host cities -- Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Polokwane -- bringing people into the city.
In Cape Town the deal included rail transport and 23 buses which had been allocated to the city, while 11 buses each had been set aside for Bloemfontein and Polokwane.
There would also be bus services from Gauteng to both Bloemfontein and Polokwane.
In Cape Town, Metrorail services would run late night trains between Cape Town Station and Fish Hoek, Bellville (via Monte Vista), Kraaifontein (via Goodwood), Kaptensklip, as well as Chris Hani.
Soccer fans with a valid match day ticket will travel for free on Metrorail services.
Prasa will run buses on match days at all the host cities, including within the hosting provinces. Special fares will be announced for those who wish to travel from outside the host cities to the match venues.
A long distance mainline passenger service - Luxury Premier - has also been announced for those soccer fans wanting to be part of the opening ceremony and opening match at Cape Town Stadium on January 11. There is still a discount of up 20% on match tickets if purchased between now and January 5.