VIS­I­TORS:

30 000 FLOCK TO DUR­BAN JA­PANESE IN FA­TAL CRASH

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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.

— Sapa.

PHO­TOS: RA­JESH JANTILAL

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.

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