At a press conference on 4th June, the eThekwini Municipality has proved once again that they have the capacity and expertise to successfully host yet another huge international event.
The MEC of Economic Development and Tourism, Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu and the Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo, officially handed over the race track inside the Moses Mabhida Stadium to Top Gear Festival organisers at the ceremony, indicating that Durban is ready to host the international motoring extravaganza.
Mayor Nxumalo said, “When eThekwini Municipality was awarded the right to host the Festival, as the leadership of this Municipality, we had no doubt about our capability to pull off a successful event and deliver the necessary infrastructure on time and within set requirements. And as a result of hard work and planning by our officials, I am confident to declare that Durban is ready to host the best Top Gear Festival.”
With morethan 45 000 tickets already sold, and the ticket selling trend set to continue over the next weeks, the City is ready to entertain the estimated 60 000 international and local motoring fans who will be in attendance. The Moses Mabhida Stadium will host the Live Show presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and the STIG, butthe event is not just about the stadium show. Top Gear’s first ever street circuit, over 2 kilometres long and winding around the streets of Durban, will allow the Durbanites to be active part of the spectacular two day event.
The Street Circuit will start at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, run along Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue, Sandile Thusi (Argyle) Road, through the Natal Command site, past Suncoast Casino and the Kings Park Pool to return at the stadium. Over the next few weeks, residents will be able to see the structures being put in place for the event.
The public should be aware that roads within the precinct will be closed for the event and the Metro Police will be on duty to assist and guide motorists through the precinct.