60/100 Reasons to be in South Africa in 2010: The party’s on our turf!

Quote file: “The FIFA World Cup is a miracle of global excitement, connecting every country, race, religion and condition around a single passion.  It represents an event that has the power to unite and integrate.” – Shakira.

While Heathrow and Gatwick battle with the backlog of volcano (no, I can’t pronounce it either) Eyjafjallajoekull’s ash-begrudging passengers, our very own city by the sea opens its doors to a fleet of local and international airlines tomorrow. King Shaka International Airport in Durban saw its first flight land with massive success on Wednesday afternoon. Instruments, passenger loading systems, capabilities and staff were all put through their paces to make sure that the Civil Aviation Authority said yessiree and gave the new airport the green light to operate – and they did. A speedily – and impressive – 33 months in the works, King Shaka officially becomes Durban’s new air traffic hub and is open for business from Saturday, 1st May 2010.

If flying makes you nervous and you prefer to keep both feet on the ground, get your feet moving to Waka Waka – the official anthem for the 2010 World Cup performed by local honey’s Freshly Ground, and international hit machine Shakira. It might take you more than one listen to come over to the Waka Waka side of things – but I know you will. The song will be performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies, and Freshly Ground will perform it alone at fan fest parties all around the country. This is a massive coupe for the proudly South African group that is soon to launch their next album – ‘Radio Africa’. We have the airport. We have the melody. We have the stadiums and we have a bright nation ready with a warm welcome. Come on over, the party’s on our turf!

Muzi Mohale

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