9 September 2011
Rugby fans in South Africa’s townships will be able to follow the Springboks’ World Cup matches live on big screens, thanks to a partnership between the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and Township TV.
The viewing experience has been created to cater for the country’s grassroots communities as part of Absa Boktown, the official Saru and Springbok Supporter Club event platform for fans.
Big-screen televisions will be installed at 22 township venues across the country for the duration of the global rugby showpiece taking place in New Zealand.
“This initiative will go far beyond rugby, as it will seek to re-create the jamboree community atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the successful Fifa Soccer World Cup last year,” said Sara community and PR manager Khaya Mayedwa.
Saru will hold coaching clinics and Tag Rugby matches for local children at five of these venues.
Bokkie, the Saru mascot, will also attend, and fans are urged to wear green and gold on Bok Fridays as well as on Bok match days.
The Township TV Parks will be activated at the following venues:
Diepsloot, Diepkloof (Soweto), Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Joubert Park, Thokoza, Orange Farm, Elandsdoorn (Limpopo), Siluma Kwanele (Kathlehong), Mhluzi (Middelburg), Kwa Thema (Springs), Ethafeni (Tembisa), Umkhanyakude (Richards Bay), Orlando West, Masoyi (Wit Rivier), KwaMashu (KwaZulu-Natal), Motherwell (Port Elizabeth), George, Mqolomba Park (Uitenhage), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), Khayelitsha (Western Cape).