By SYDNEY MORWENG
Africa’s largest stadium will rock to the sound of music and prayer as revellers bid farewell to 2010 and welcome in 2011.
FNB stadium will play host to the over 90 000 congregants anticipated for this year’s first ever gathering at the venue after the World Cup, hosted by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG).
Jacques Grobbelaar, chief executive at Stadium Management South Africa, the company managing the stadium, said they’re ready and able to host such a huge number of revelers expected to the stadium.
That’s what South Africans needs, more praying especially after hosting the successful WC, he commented.
“People love to gather to celebrate New Year, but there are often concerns about issues such as security and parking,” says Grobbelaar.
“At FNB Stadium, the security and logistics are carefully planned and managed to ensure that people have a good time in safety and comfort.
This will be the first of many non-sporting events to be held at the world-famous stadium since the World Cup kick-off – and is an ideal showcase for the potential of this multi-use, state-of-the-art facility to host events of all kinds,” he said.
Bishop Marcelo Pires, host of the Worker’s Prayer broadcast on SABC 1 and e-TV, will deliver the sermon and lead the crowd in a prayer vigil from 10pm.
The UCKG has partnered with African Musicians Against HIV/Aids (AMAHA), an organisation led by Kwaito singer Doc Shebeleza to spread awareness through entertainment.
Various musicians will perform live during the day and early evening, including Nhlanhla of Mafikizolo, Deborah Fraser, Pure Gold, Sputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba from Generations), Benjamin Dube and Tshepiso.
Prayers and forgiveness is what the world’s need at this time of the year!
Tickets are available through more than 350 regional branches of the church, or from Computicket.
The bald-headed Grobbelaar also pointed out that hospitality suites are also available and can be booked at Computicket.