Notice: Mangaung Ready for Action Packed Weekend


The city of Mangaung is ready to host revellers for the 20th installment of Macufe. The festival has become eagerly anticipated, not only by Free State music and culture lovers, but followers throughout the continent.

Other than being the biggest gathering that celebrates music, arts and culture, Macufe also contributes towards the city’s tourism revenue as well as local economic development. Through the SMME sub-directorate, Mangaung Metro has put in action the Macufe 2017 Informal Trading Plan, which sought to ensure that local small businesses have a piece of the Macufe pie in this event attracting thousands of ‘out-of towners’.

After a call for applications to trade at the various Macufe events, the unit received a sizeable amount of applications from small businesses in all our regions. Eligible participants started trading on the first day of the festival, from selling food to exhibitions.

The provincial joint operation centre (Prov JOC) consisting of all security agencies is sitting daily. This includes Mangaung Metro’s Disaster Management Committee. These structures have started rolling out their plans, and these services will be rendered until the last day of Macufe activities.

As the city we have augmented our resources in anticipation of high volume of people who will be flooding the city for Macufe festivities and other sporting events like cricket (Proteas vs Bangladesh Test) and rugby (Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls; Cheetahs vs Glasgow Warriors).

Mangaung Metro’s plan to regulate traffic:

 Friday, 06 October 2017 – Cricket, Rugby and Divas Festival

The following roads will be closed from 06H00 on Friday, 06 October 2017:

  • Att Horak & First Avenue
  • Att Horak & Betogers east
  • Parkweg & Betogers
  • Mahungra – no road closures; but there will be high visibility of traffic officers.
  • There will also be high visibility at popular nightlife places such as K-la-K, Thoughts Lounge, Setjhaba and Street Corner; as well as roads around Ramblers Club for Pop Bottles on Sunday.

Saturday, 07 October – Main Festival – Rose Garden

The entire Free State Stadium and Rose Garden precinct will be a traffic-free zone and surrounding roads will be closed as follows:

  • Kingsway between Zola Budd and Loch Logan Waterfront entrance
  • Kingsway and Parfitt Avenue
  • Zola Budd and Att Horak

Sunday, 08 October – Sparta Macufe Cup

The following roads to the Free State Stadium will be closed from 06H00 AM until the match is over:

  • Att Horak & First Avenue
  • Att Horak & Betogers east
  • Parkweg & Betogers

Bloemfontein Zoo operations

The Bloemfontein Zoo today hosted a successful Macufe School Holiday programme in partnership with Charmza Literary Club for children between the ages of five and 15. The day’s activities included storytelling, puppetry, indigenous games and educational talks on snakes. The programme concludes tomorrow, resuming from 10H00 to allow zoo-keepers time to feed animals and clean cages. Entrance fees are R17 per child and R32 per adult.

The Zoo will be closed on Saturday 07 October due to the closure of the roads in the area. It will return to normal operating hours on Sunday.

 Issued by: MMM Communications