Cape Town Tourism and World Wildlife Fund join hands for Earth Hour


Cape Town Tourism, in partnership with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the FBI (Fun Ball Initiative), are hosting a glow-in-the-dark Beach Soccer Tournament at Muizenberg Beach from 1400 hours on Saturday, March 27, as part of the FBI’s Beach Sport Spectacular that runs until the March 30, 2010.

Earth Hour is a major awareness-raising effort concerning climate change and energy efficiency, which will see people throughout the world joining forces for the future of the planet via one simple gesture – switching off their lights for one hour from 20:30 hours on March 27.

The Beach Soccer Tournament at Muizenberg Beach will involve 80 children from Vrygrond and Delft in an enthusiastic display of beach soccer that will culminate in a semi-final and final played during Earth Hour. The “San Soka” tournament will be run with group stages and knock-out rounds leading up to finals. Spectators will be encouraged to support the teams from the sandy sidelines and elevated promenade above the playing area.

As Earth Hour approaches, supporters will be given candles to join in on the countdown. A referee’s whistle will signal the start of Earth Hour and the final game will be played with a glow-in-the-dark ball and luminous goal posts and pitch.

Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold said: “I would like to invite young and old Capetonians to join the millions world-wide in support of action against climate change, to call for a climate deal that keeps global warming below 2 degrees. Please also visit and pledge to reduce your own carbon footprint.

“Cape Town will join cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Rome, Manila, Oslo, Warsaw, Lisbon, Singapore, Istanbul, Mexico City, Toronto, Dubai, and Copenhagen in switching off its lights for Earth Hour. Collectively we can send a powerful message that individuals, businesses, and communities around the world can work together to resolve the issue of global warming.”

The worldwide “switch off,” a global initiative of the WWF, aims to get millions of people in cities across the world to turn off their lights for one hour in a demonstration of support for determined international action on climate change.

For more information on the Beach Soccer Tournament at Muizenberg Beach, please contact Cape Town Tourism at .

For more information on WWF’s Earth Hour, please contact . Media who want to attend the Beach Soccer Tournament are requested to contact Tammy White at or call +27 21 447 3197.