The city of Johannesburg has begun to showcase its most prized target for 2013: the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, which is due to kick off 11 days from now in South Africa.
The City of Gold, as Johannesburg is known, has been bestowed the honour of hosting the opening and closing games of the prestigious tournament at the majestic FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Soweto. It is in this spirit that the Cup float was paraded in the city’s streets at a recent annual year-end carnival. The organisers said the Cup float became an instant hit as it paraded past the crowds to welcome all the countries that will be taking part in the competition.
Sixteen countries, including host South Africa, are due to take part. The others are DRC, Angola, Ivory Coast, Mali, Cap Verde, Ghana, holders Zambia, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Niger, Togo, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
The Carnival was attended by more than 1300 people, an increase of 300 compared to last year’s attendance of 1000, according to official statistics. Johannesburg inner city was turned into a mind-blowing spectacle of colour, music and dance when the Jozi Carnival made its jolly way through the city’s streets and ended off with a fantastic Music Countdown Concert in Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown.
That was another New Year ushered in with a bit of Jozi magic, the organisers say.
*Photo by Mariola Biela