Durban - The world conquering Springboks began their Rugby World Cup victory tour in Durban on Thursday where thousands of jubilant fans lined the streets to congratulate them.
Despite the overcast condition - with rain expected later on Friday - South Africans from all walks of lives waited eagerly for a glimpse of the 2019 Rugby World Cup champions and the famed Webb Ellis Cup.
The victory parade began at uMhlanga on Friday with the tour bus snaking through the business district to the ululation of adoring supporters, many of whom wore their Springbok jerseys.
The victory parade was expected to head to KwaMashu and then to the Durban city centre where they are expected to be met by eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Sihle Zikalala and the MEC for Sport and Recreation, Hlengiwe Mavimbela. The tour will end at the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium after midday on Friday.
The Durban Metro Police has advised members of the public and motorists that two lanes along Dr Pixey Ka Seme Street (West Street) will be cordoned off to make way for the tour parade.
The tour route will be as be as follows:
9.15am - uMhlanga
- Centenary Boulevard into uMhlanga Rocks Drive
- M41 onto N2
- Curnick Ndlovu Highway offramp towards Mount Moriah
- M577 route to Queen Nandi Drive
- Queen Nandi Drive to Amazimtoti Road
9:30am - KwaMashu station
- Malandela Road right into Queen Nandi Drive
- Queen Nandi Drive over M 577 Route
- R102 Chris Hani Road
- Riverside Road
- M4 Ruth First Highway
- Stalwart Simelane Street
10am - Durban City Hall
11am Anton Lembede Street
- Brooke Road
- Dr. Pixley Kaseme Road
- OR Tambo Parade
- Battery Beach Road
12:30pm : Moses Mabhida Stadium
Thereafter, the team heads to East London and Port Elizabeth before their final stop in the Mother City.