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Baton returns to Continental Africa

DURBAN, 9 Jan 2010: The baton will come back to continental Africa when it will reach South Africa on 9 January 2010. In Durban, the baton will arrive to Ekurhuleni and the baton will be handed over to to SASCOC President - Gideon Sam. There will be a ceremony highlighting its journey followed by a press conference.


The baton will then reach Pietermaritzburg where it will be received by Premier / Mayor. It will then drive on an open bus from Airport to Umlazi – Chatsworth. Later in the evening, there will be a dinner for Delhi 2010 delegation.


On 10 January 2010, the baton will travel from Durban to Cape Town and will be received by the Premier. There will be a speech by SASCOC President. Premier will then handover the baton to cyclist for a relay route - short course in CPT followed by lunch hosted by the Mayor. The baton will then take a boat ride to the famous Robben Island.


Next day, i.e., on 11 January 2010, the baton will depart from Cape Town to Johannesburg via Bloemfontein where it will be received by Premier and will then drive to Athletes Stadium. The relay will start from the Athletes Stadium to Rugby Stadium and Marathon to Mangaung. The baton will then attend a Soccer match between Siwelele and Free State Stars teams.


On 12 January 2010, the baton will visit Hector Pieterson Museum and then the relay will start from from Hector Peterson via Mandela House Museum, Orlando Stadium, Noordgesig to SAFA House. Later in the day, there will be a farewell banquet hosted by SASCOC.


The Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa, with a 2,798 kilometres coastline on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.  To the north lie Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; while Lesotho is an independent country wholly surrounded by South African territory. Modern humans have inhabited Southern Africa for more than 100,000 years.


South Africa participated in the first ever Games held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada as the British Empire Games. It is now regularly participating in all Games since 1994 Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, Canada.