South Africa Unites for Bafana
JoBra’s Soccer Shorts
Towns and cities all over the country came to a virtual standstill today at noon, as South Africans all over took time to show their support for their national team during the United For Bafana campaign.
Initially started as a small token of appreciation by the Southern Sun hotel group (who are hosting the team), the plan was picked up local Jozi radio stations 94.7 and Talk Radio 702, and then by SuperSport and spread rapidly all over the country.
At the main parade venue – a block around the team hotel in central Sandton – players and support staff hoped onto a couple of open-topped busses for what they thought would be a 30 minute tour around the block.
They were met by a tide of yellow shirt wearing, vuvuzela blowing and flag waving fans numbering around 180,000. This according to the Gauteng Premier who was on one of the busses as well. Supporters came from across the spectrum of South African society in age, race, gender. Street cleaners were seen arm in arm with high-powered business men. Office workers and street vendors stood side by side.
I hear that similar scenes played out in other centres as well, with Soweto, Durban and Cape Town amongst those that also got in on the vibe.