The FIFA world cup trophy finally made it to Soshanguve on Wednesday. Tight and heavy security was the order of the day as soon as the 12-carat ornament landed on campus. The beautiful game's greatest prize made its 31st stop at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve south campus as it continues its journey across South Africa before the world cup starts on Fiday, next week.
As part of the memorable and once in a lifetime trophy tour of the country, the university and surrounding community had the opportunity to enjoy a rare close up view of the World Cup Trophy.
What started as a seemingly slow, unsuccessful day became a scene taxi rank on a month end. By lunchtime it was estimated that 16 000 people had come to revel in the festivities and be part of history.
Only a few could get a chance of taking a photo with the trophy. Those are people with pashasha tickets. These tickets were given to the university and selected lucky community members by Coca Cola. They are often given out to enable some people to get up close and personal with the strictly guarded piece.
Members of the community also had a chance to watch a 3D movie and they also received free coca cola drinks.
The organisers made sure that there was also an abundance of entertainment.
The trophy has travelled across 91 cities in 84 countries. It will now go to Vanderbijlpark, Krugersdorp and finally complete its long tour in Soweto at the Dlamini Centre.