30 000 FLOCK TO DURBAN JAPANESE IN FATAL CRASH
AN estimated 30 000 visitors have flocked to KwaZulu-Natal since the World Cup started, the provincial Tourism Department said yesterday.
“We had a target of 25 000 tourists visiting our province and we exceeded this. We have also noted that during match days the province attracts about 30 000 fans,” MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu told journalists in Durban during a visit to the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board to launch a new audio-visual facility.
Durban’s Fifa Fan Fest is the most popular in the country, attracting more than 200 000 since the start of the tournament.
Before the World Cup started, Durban hoteliers complained of slow bookings from visitors, but Mabuyakhulu said there has been an increase in visitor numbers recently.
— Sapa. JOHANNESBURG — A man was killed when he was hit by a car with diplomatic plates driven by a Japanese man on the Bakwena highway between the Brits toll gate and off-ramp, the North West Public Safety Department said yesterday.
The man was crossing the road when he was hit by a Mercedes-Benz around 2.40 am, spokesman Lesiba Kgwele said in a statement. “He died on impact.” The driver of the Mercedes-Benz co-operated with police, Kgwele said.
The accident was one of six reported after Thursday night’s Japan vs Denmark match.
Fans of Brazil and Portugal turned out in their thousands for the clash between the two glamour sides at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban yesterday, but unfortunately the colour was mostly in the stands. The game ended in a goalless draw.