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City welcomes BlitzBokke and more than 110 000 rugby fans to the HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament<span><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p> <b></b><strong>Note to editors:</strong> City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and Springbok Sevens team members hosted an HSBC Cape Town Sevens media conference today, 8 December 2016. The following is an extract from Mayor De Lille’s speech.</p></div></div>​​</span>It is my great pleasure to welcome our BlitzBokke coach, Neil Powell; Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman; and all-time leading Springbok Sevens points-scorer, Cecil Afrika, as well as all of the visiting teams and international and local rugby supporters. <p>It is an honour for us to welcome people from across the city, country and the globe to the Cape Town Stadium as our City’s most iconic and world-class venue plays host to an event that unites people around their love of sport.</p><p>To the visiting teams and international visitors, Cape Town welcomes you.  </p><p>You are visiting our beautiful city at the best time of the year. </p><p>The weather is great and the setting is idyllic, with the Stadium adjacent to Cape Town’s most-visited attraction, the V&A Waterfront.</p><p>I want to congratulate Neil, Philip and the Springbok Sevens team for winning the Dubai leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on Saturday.</p><p>Your 26-14 win over the Olympic Games Sevens champions, Fiji, was well earned.</p><p>The City of Cape Town is a proud host and supporter of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament.</p><p>The inaugural event last year was phenomenal – the highlight being the performance by the Springbok Sevens, who made the nation proud when they secured their third consecutive win on home soil.</p><p>Over the two days of the tournament last year, nearly 107 000 spectators packed the Cape Town Stadium. </p><p>These numbers translated into an estimated R539 million economic injection into local coffers.</p><p>R122 million was spent by international fans, R198 million was spent by local supporters, and about R3 million was spent by the visiting teams.</p><p>The tournament has confirmed Cape Town’s status as the events capital of Africa.</p><p>The economic spin-offs from events hold enormous benefits for the city and its residents. </p><p>The ripple effect by way of job creation during the events and after, the increased spending at our attractions and across the hospitality industry, coupled with the need for local associated services that benefit directly from these events, are all a welcome injection into the local economy.</p><p>We look forward to another thrilling sold out Cape Town Sevens tournament this weekend.</p><p>More than 60 000 tickets were snapped up by the public on the first day of sales in July, with the total number of 110 000 tickets sold for the weekend. </p><p>Even more exciting is that it is now official: we have scored a hat-trick deal.</p><p>Just yesterday, Council gave the nod for the City of Cape Town to be the host city for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens rugby tournament for the next three years. </p><p>The Council approved a three-year agreement (2016 – 2018) between the City and the South African Rugby Union. </p><p>We are excited and look forward to welcoming thousands of supporters for the next three years.</p><p>To Neil, Philip and the Springbok Sevens team, we are behind you. Cape Town is flying the Springbok Sevens flag. Go out and defend your title this weekend.</p><p>Cape Town: getting on with building a world-class events capital.</p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:860px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a><strong>BlitzBokke</strong></p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1036px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <strong>BlitzBokke</strong></figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:946px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <strong>BlitzBokke</strong></p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev">             </div></div></div></div></span><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2016-12-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#5b29e175-4f6e-4969-a7fa-04bdc24da12e;L0|#05b29e175-4f6e-4969-a7fa-04bdc24da12e|BlitzBokke;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#90b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534;L0|#090b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534|Mayor;GP0|#6f359a5c-6b7b-47bc-8437-f4d24d700325;L0|#06f359a5c-6b7b-47bc-8437-f4d24d700325|The mayor1

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