The much-anticipated Soweto Derby is on the doorstep. Kaizer Chiefs will be hosting their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates this Saturday in the epic clash of this weekend’s Absa Premiership fixtures.
Both sides are preparing to dish out a mouthwatering affair on the pitch. The supporters in their regalia are getting ready to be the 12th man. All sorts of banter are doing the rounds – at taxi-ranks, train stations, workplaces and in the streets at large.
Amakhosi are going into this one with a theme: The Battle Is On!
It is all systems go this Saturday, 9 February 2019, with a 15:30 kick-off at the iconic, Calabash, FNB Stadium.
Stadium Management, Kaizer Chiefs, stakeholders and partners have on Wednesday morning unveiled their plans when it comes to the logistics for this event – a variety of options on how to travel to FNB Stadium come Saturday.
Foremost, the supporters are encouraged to arrive early. The gates will open at 11:30 to ensure seamless access for all the people that will be gathering for this traditional soccer affair.
Importantly, parking in the designated areas within the stadium precinct is FREE. Do not take advise from the illegal car guards.
The supporters are encouraged to observe the letter of Arrive Alive! Do not drink and drive and avoid J-walking.
Tickets sales are about to be sold out, with approximately 2 000 category L2 (R150) left by Wednesday morning. Tickets are sold at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers outlets nationwide and the supporters are advised against purchasing tickets via unapproved outlets.
Do not advance toward the stadium precinct without a valid match ticket.
Various transport options have been organised and they include Rea Vaya, Top 6 Taxis and Uber rides.
Rea Vaya will be operating on matchday and will be available from the following stations:
Rea Vaya is available at R30 (single trip) and R40 for a return ticket from Ellis Park, Library Gardens, Thokoza Park and CI Dobsonville.
Rea Vaya to the FNB Stadium will have the first bus at 12:00, departing from there on at a 5 to 15 minutes frequency. From the stadium back, the first bus will depart at 17:00, and will depart thereafter at a three (3) minutes frequency with the last bus at 19:00.
Taxi pick-up and return destinations:
- Noord street: MTN Taxi Rank and the Bridge Taxi Rank
- Bree Street Taxi Rank
- Commissioner and Von Weilligh Street Taxi Rank
- Baragwanath: Moroka Police Station and Maponya Mall Shopping Centre
- Eldos: Kilptown Post Office Taxi Rank
- Dobsonville Police Station
- Meadowlands Police Station
- Phefeni Taxi Rank
- Cross Road Taxi Rank
- Dube Station Taxi Rank
Top 6 Taxi fare will differ, depending on distance travelled with pick-up and drop-off points, and will be in Parking 4 of the Johannesburg Expo Centre.
There will be dedicated Uber and Taxify drop-off and stacking area at Bus Parking Turnstile 7 and 8 of Joburg Expo Centre.
- There will be no PRASA Trains.
In terms of traffic control there will be inner perimeter accreditation checks and road closures. These will include the following road control points:
- Nasrec Road and Roadshow Road
- Randshow Road and Commerce Street
- Golden Highway and Stadium Avenue
- Nasrec Road and Recreation Road
- Nasrec Road and Stadium Avenue
- Booysens Reserve and Nasrec Road
- Booysens Reserve and League Avenue
- Nasrec Road and Shaft 17
- League Avenue Circle & Soccer City Avenue (Full Closure)
- N17 & Nasrec Circle
- SAFA House Entrance
- Soccer City Avenue & N17
- Nasrec & Shackleton (Ormonde View Gate)
- Nasrec Road & N17 Traffic Circle
- Landbou Road & Ring Road
- Landbou Road & Transport Hub
- Nasrec & Rifle Range Road
- Nasrec & M1 South Off-Ramp
- Golden Highway & Ring Road 1
- Golden Highway & Ring Road 1
- N17 & N1 North On-Ramp
- Stadium Avenue & Traffic Circle
- League Avenue & Soweto Highway On-ramp 7 Off-Ramp
The preparations are in place to host one of arguably the biggest events in South Africa. See you there!