Sunday, 22nd of June 2008
The forecast is for snow, which is expected to blanket Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, on Sunday, 22nd of June.
The square will be a winter wonderland from 10h00 to 18h00 on the day, and while the weather bureau is oblivious of its anticipated arrival, Johannesburg has urged its citizens to shrug off their jackets and blankets, bask in the sun and play.
Snow in the City Family Fun Day is being hosted under the auspices of the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), on behalf of the City and iconic food company, Nando’s.
“For Nando’s this is natural, because we will bring our peri-peri to make the snow palpable,” noted Kevin Utian, the managing director of Nando’s South Africa, adding that although it would be freezing, people should brave the wintry weather and ‘come out to play’.
Snow in the City is the first such family fun day in the city’s cultural precinct, which is southwest of the central business district. Ice-skating, slope skiing, and snowball fighting are among some of the activities billed for the event.
According to the JDA, a skate park will be erected on the Nelson Mandela Bridge, where an assortment of skateboarding activities for experienced and aspirant skateboarders will take place.
In addition to its fun side, the event would also serve ‘a great cause’. Tickets bought for Snow in the City will entitle attendees to a free blanket, which they can use while at the event, or donate to Operation Snowball – or both.
Operation Snowball is an annual charity campaign that provides destitute people with basic clothing items and blankets “to get through the cold winter months”.
Tickets for the show are priced at R15 per person and can be bought at any Computicket box office or at the gate on the day. Ample parking space will be made available at various venues in Newtown; motorists will have to follow visible signage.
For more information on the event telephone the organisers on the number alongside or Computicket on 083 915 8000 or visit its website on www.computicket.co.za.