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Monday, 08 March 2010

CPUT shows its World Cup spirit at Football Frenzy Fun and Market Day


On the eve of the 100-day countdown to the kickoff of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™, the campus community at CPUT was treated to a day of football related celebrations and entertainment by local artists.

The Cape Town campus piazza was a hive of activity on 1 March 2010 where students and staff gathered to support the 100 days countdown until the start of the World Cup later this year.

The outdoor event was organised by the Department of Student Affairs, under the auspices of Head of Student Affairs Sibusiso Chalufu.

Student Development Officer Annette Grobler acted as Project Manager. She was assisted by Student Development Officer Derek Stocken, Cathy Cloete of the Marketing and Communication Department and several dedicated staff members and students.

One of the main attractions for the day was the highly acclaimed Capetonian Afro-fusion band Freshlyground, who are the most high profile act to be hosted by CPUT Student Affairs.

MTN, an official sponsor for the World Cup and major brand Red Bull supported the event by handing out promotional hats and energy drinks to the crowd.

Another favourite attraction was the Ajax Cape Town football team members who dropped in to sign autographs for their fans.

Master of Ceremonies for the event was Carol Manana, SABC Sport’s award-winning radio and television presenter, who captivated the audience with her natural charm and electric personality.

Manana has presented several other other football related events, including the World Cup Final Draw event in which actress Charlise Theron participated last December.

Manana said, “Events of this nature are important as a part of nation-building, as South Africans of all ages can be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.”

“These events also help to build momentum to the kickoff, because this is a dream come true for our country to host such a magnificent event”, Manana added.

On the day, her task was to introduce the day’s entertainment, which included several musical and dance acts.

Before the entertainment began, Chalufu addressed the audience and reiterated the importance of garnering support for the World Cup from all citizens.

He said, “Students should look out for other exciting events that our unit will present in the coming months, as we want to engage with students on all levels.”

Then the CPUT student Diski Dancers, led by Cape Town Tourism ambassador Amanda Martins, gave an enthusiastic demonstration.

They were followed by the World Champion hip-hop dance group, Ubuntu B-Boys that wowed the crowd.

The MTN dancers, who hail from the local township of Nyanga, also gave a stellar performance with their pantsula dance moves.

Finally, Freshlyground took to the stage and performed a lively set of their most popular songs with a debut of tracks from their forthcoming album.

As a grand finale, 100 green and yellow balloons were symbolically released to represent the days remaining to the start of the World Cup.

The event was closed with the crowd singing the South African national anthem in chorus.

By Thando J. Moiloa

Photographs: (clockwise) Freshlyground draws a capacity audience to the Football Frenzy event; Cape Town Tourism ambassador Amanda Martins and student dance crew perform the Diski dance; Students show their support; Carol Manana acts as Master of Ceremonies.

First and second images on the right courtesy of Fundani CHED,

Written by CPUT News

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