UPDATE: Heroes' welcome at OR Tambo as parts of short-stay parking area closed off

2019-11-05 10:51
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Jovial Bok supporters have started arriving at Gautrain stations, cheering and chanting classics like Shosholoza on their way to OR Tambo Airport to greet the Springboks, where crowds have also gathered.


OR Tambo has advised that parts of the Piazza short-stay parking area will be closed off on Tuesday to welcome the bokke. 

The Springboks, including Captain Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus, are expected to return from Yokohama, Japan on Tuesday afternoon, however their flights have been delayed - with the Gautrain extending its offer between 13:30 to 21:00, after it was initially meant to end at 15:00pm. 

Earlier Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Betty Maloka confirmed to Traveller24 the airport is ready to ensure a seamless experience for passengers and visitors. Departing passengers are advised to arrive earlier than usual, to avoid any possible congestion delays whether in the parking areas or within the airport terminal itself. 

"From an airport facilitation point of view, we have deployed additional staff at strategic areas to coordinate the arrival process from landing until the arrival Hall. The law enforce agencies and the security cluster are also well prepared to handle the large number of fans expected to descend at the airport. 

We will thereafter handover to the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Gauteng Province, City of Ekurhuleni and the South African Rugby Union to continue with their programmes." 


A Heroes Welcome! OR Tambo ready as SA to come out in force to welcome the Bokke home


South Africa is in a state of elation after the momentous Rugby World Cup 2019 win by the Springboks on Saturday.

If you're a super fan - quite possible that's almost everybody in SA right now, after the resounding and convincing show of determination by this team as they beat England 32-12 to grab the coveted title - you may want to make your way to the airport to welcome the Bokke. 

South Africans are expected to descend on OR Tambo International Airport in their numbers to show their support for the 2019 Rugby World Cup winners - and the Gautrain is backing a massive victory welcome by offering free rides to Johannesburg's busiest airport between 13:30 and 21:00 today if you're wearing a springbok jersey - Read more here

The Springboks, including Captain Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus, are expected to return from Yokohama, Japan on Tuesday afternoon, however their flights have been delayed - with the Gautrain extending its offer, which was initially meant to end at 15:00pm.

Betty Maloka, Airports Company South Africa spokesperson, confirmed to Traveller24 the airport is ready to ensure a seamless experience for passengers and visitors. Departing passengers are advised to arrive earlier than usual, to avoid any possible congestion delays whether in the parking areas or within the airport terminal itself. 

"From an airport facilitation point of view, we have deployed additional staff at strategic areas to coordinate the arrival process from landing until the arrival Hall. The law enforce agencies and the security cluster are also well prepared to handle the large number of fans expected to descend at the airport. 

We will thereafter handover to the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Gauteng Province, City of Ekurhuleni and the South African Rugby Union to continue with their programmes."

"We are really honoured to be receiving the World Champions through our airport. We are very proud of the team for bringing the 2019 Rugby World cup home. It is true that we are stronger together because this victory would not have been realised without collaboration, which is exactly what our country needs. We are working closely with all role players across the airport ecosystem to ensure that the arrival of the National Rugby Team, the Springboks is seamless."

From Thursday, the Boks will embark on a six-city trophy tour, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

In the statement, government urged fans and people from all walks of life to be part of the Springboks victory parade by lining the streets, wearing their supporter’s shirts and fly the South African flag to show support and love to the team.  Full details will be released here.

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