In celebration of the Springbok’s historic victory in the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the Bok trophy tour has been organised to honour the champions on the streets of Johannesburg. According to Joburg Newsroom, the tour will pass through various areas in the city. It will culminate at FNB Stadium on Thursday, 2 Nov, 2023.
The Bok trophy tour will commence at the intersection of 1 Jan Smuts Avenue in Braamfontein at 2 p.m. and continue to the Metro Centre while crossing the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge. The tour bus will then proceed to Simmonds Street and FNB Bank City, where the CEO of FNB will address the audience from the Springbok Bus.
The route will take the tour bus along Nasrec Road, offering views of prominent landmarks such as Riverlea and the Joburg Expo Centre.
The procession will continue along Ben Naude Street and Immink Road, leading to Chris Hani Street, with a passage by Maponya Mall. The bus will then turn right onto Klipspruit Valley Road, followed by a left onto Khumalo Main Street and another left onto Vilakazi Street.
The tour will descend to Pela Street, followed by a left turn at Klipfontein and a right onto the Soweto Highway. It will eventually reach the Shaft 17 Offramp, leading to Nasrec Road and SAFA House Gate, where a walk around the field and a meeting with the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Kabelo Gwamanda, will take place.
The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Lubabalo Magwentshu, has urged the public to exercise caution during the Bok trophy parade. While celebrating the Boks’ achievement, he stressed the importance of vigilance and adherence to law enforcement instructions for a joyful and secure celebration.
Cllr Magwentshu emphasised that the tour signifies not only a celebration of the Bokke’s magnificent achievement but also a celebration of unity and pride shared by the diverse community. The Springbok team’s success has brought the city and the nation together, and the tour aims to celebrate their remarkable milestone.
Motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes to avoid the parade route and road closures. Doing so will help ensure a smooth traffic flow and reduce any potential disruptions caused by the celebration.
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