Springbok Trophy Tour to hit Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday:
South African rugby supporters interested in being part of the Nelson Mandela leg of the much-anticipated Springbok Trophy Tour will be spoiled for choice on Sunday.
Ample opportunity exist to see your conquering World Champion heroes during two stops (Port Elizabeth City Hall and Greenacres Shopping Centre) and a slow-moving bus parade meandering through various Nelson Mandela Bay suburbs.
A short programme at Vuyisile Mini Square kicks off the celebrations at 09:00 when Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani will be welcoming local heroes Siya Kolisi, Rassie Erasmus and the rest of the squad during a short formal engagement. Residents are invited to amalgamate on the square before 09:00.
The following route then commences and enthusiasts are encouraged to line the streets to welcome the Boks:
Port Elizabeth City Hall to Wolfson Stadium
The bus drives along Baakens Street towards Govan Mbeki Avenue and crosses over Russell Road, proceeding down Govan Mbeki Avenue into Commercial Road. The entourage will proceed along Commercial Road and turn right into Mati Road. The victory celebrations continue with a right turn into Ferguson, followed by a left turn into Mendi Road and proceed to Ngesi Road. The slow moving entourage will then turn right into Ntshekisa Road and left into Norongo Road. Lucky supporters will then see their team turn right into Nobatana Street. The bus will then be stationary in Stofile Street in the vicinity of Wolfson Stadium, facing Matomela Street.
Wolfson Stadium to Zwide
The bus departs Wolfson Stadium down Matomela Street, turn left into Seyisi Street and right into Mavuso Street. The celebratory entourage will then turn right into Mavuso Road and make a left turn into Daku Road and proceed towards Njoli Square. The bus will then right into Njoli Road and proceed to Spondo Road. A right turn follows into Koyana Road and proceed towards M14/Ralo Road Intersection.
Proceed along Koyana Road towards M14, turn right into M19 and proceed to M17 Dibanisa Road turn-off, turn right here and proceed with a left turn into Dibanisa Road, followed by another left turn into Tyinira Road. A left turn follows into Khozi Street and proceed towards the Mandela Peace Park.
Mandela Peace Park to Uitenhage
Depart Mandela Peace Park and turn left into Khozi Street, followed by a right turn into Tyinira Street and proceed towards M20. The bus will turn left on the M20 and proceed towards Daniel Pienaar Road. Continue along Daniel Pienaar Road into Thorn Street towards Graaff Reinett Road. Excited Uitenhage residents will then see the bus turn left into Graaff Reinett Road and into Church Road, followed by a right turn into Caledon Street and Kamesh Road and proceed towards Acacia Avenue.
Turn right into Acacia Avenue, followed by a right turn into Rosedale Drive into Maduna Road. Continue along Maduna Road and turn right into Middle Street, followed by a left turn into Caledon Street and a right turn into Cuyler Street into Rocklands Road towards Matanzima Road. Turn left into Matanzima Road, followed by a right turn into Mabandla Street and a left into Tize Street. Turn left into Ponana Tini Road, right into Matanzima Road and proceed towards Melbrooks Avenue.
Uitenhage to Despatch
The victory bus parade turn right into Melbrooks Avenue, proceed across Algoa Road and continue towards the R333. Turn right on the R333 towards Main Road Despatch, turn right into the main road and proceed into Botha Street.
Despatch to Greenacres Shopping Centre
We proceed from Botha Street, turn left into Old Uitenhage Road and turn right into Nooitgedacht Road and proceed to Standford Road. The entourage will be stationary for a brief period opposite the Cleary Park Shopping Centre before proceeding Kempston Road. Turn into CJ Langenhoven Drive and turn left into Ring Road passed the taxi rank.
Greenacres to PE International Airport.
Turn left into Greyville Road followed by a right turn into Cape Road towards William Moffett Expressway. Turn left into William Moffett Expressway towards Buffelsfontein Road. From Buffelsfontein Road, the bus will turn into Heugh Road and turn right at 3rd Avenue, Walmer towards the Port Elizabeth International Airport.
Just in case Sunday’s excitement is not enough, supporters can welcome the Springboks upon arrival at the Port Elizabeth International Airport on Saturday afternoon at 16:45.