Gauteng Tourism spice up Soweto Derby
Throngs of sport lovers from across Southern Africa will congregate in Gauteng this week for an action-packed Soweto Derby Experience that promises to be even bigger this time around. To leverage the usual excitement that the fixtures between Soweto soccer giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs generate, Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) has collaborated with stakeholders in the sector to package a fun-filled experience that caters for different tastes.
On Friday, township-based company Derby XP has organised the traditional Chiefs versus Pirates golf derby that will take place at Crown Mines Golf Course with supporters of both clubs competing over a round of golf.
Gauteng Tourism CEO Siphiwe Ngwenya lauds the role the entrepreneurs play in providing high-calibre tourism products and experiences to take advantage of big events that take place in Gauteng. “These help us cement our status as Africa’s premier entertainment and lifestyle destination,” he says.
“Events are the cornerstone of our strategy of growing the visitor economy in the province and they rarely come bigger than the Soweto Derby. The Soweto Derby is one of the biggest soccer derbies in world that attracts soccer lovers from across Southern Africa.”
The world’s biggest football magazine, FourFourTwo, ranks the Soweto Derby – with about 30 million viewers across to the globe – number 31 in its list of the world’s 50 biggest football derbies.
Ngwenya adds: “What excites us even more about the Soweto Derby is that it presents us with a singular opportunity of contributing towards growing the township economy, which is a priority objective of the current provincial administration led by Premier David Makhura and MEC for Economic Development Lebogang Maile.”
Scores of township-based beds & breakfast and hotel establishments in and around the city of Johannesburg, together with the traditional hawkers and entrepreneurs, are also expected to benefit out of what is truly becoming a more than a 90 minutes experience but a full weekend affair.
Soweto Derby is one of the biggest soccer derbies in world that attracts soccer lovers from across Southern Africa. @thetravelpr
The centrepiece of Soweto Derby Experience – the showdown between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs – takes on Saturday afternoon at 15h00 at the FNB Stadium. The exciting weekend ends with a Vilakazi Street jazz experience on Sunday. Despite possibility of the game ending with a stalemate, tourism promotion and growth will once again emerge victorious come the end of the weekend.