Johannesburg - CAF and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have teamed up with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to provide fans with free transport in certain cities for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
The following information was provided on cafonline:
The transport agreement is for the provision of free train services within metropolitan cities in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal for fans with a valid match ticket as well as journalists and other officials carrying accreditation from the Orange AFCON 2013 LOC.
In Gauteng, PRASA will make available 20 dedicated trains which will ferry passengers from Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto and Vereeniging to Nasrec Station. This service will be for the opening and the final match of the tournament.
For KwaZulu-Natal soccer fans will have 26 dedicated trains transporting them from surrounding townships such as uMlazi and KwaMashu, directly to Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Each train has the capacity to carry up to 2000 passengers and the trains will move more than 40,000 soccer fans directly to the stadia.
Two long distance dedicated trains will be made available for fans travelling from Gauteng to Mbombela at a fee to be determined by PRASA.
These shuttle services will run from 21st January to 6th February.
In the Eastern Cape, a return bus ticket can be purchased at Computicket, at any TRANSLUX sales office throughout the country or on the TRANSLUX website, which is www.translux.co.za .
The AFCON LOC CEO, Mvuzo Mbebe, said: "This milestone agreement with PRASA is a significant step in ensuring that we reach our goal of filling the stadia.
"The public transport system provided by PRASA will address the majority of the soccer fans who otherwise would have had challenges reaching the stadiums and getting back home:
PRASA Group CEO Lucky Montana added: "As a further incentive to our commuters, PRASA will also give a 40 percent discount on a monthly ticket to commuters who purchase match tickets during the tournament. The discounted train ticket will be redeemable in February."
The Secretary General of CAF, Hicham El Amrani, commented: "Already tickets made available for sales to the Opening Game are sold out and CAF and the LOC will release an additional 3 000 tickets to the public. We are looking forward to what would be an exciting tournament starting this Saturday."