Tens of thousands of South Africans have over the last four and a half years been working tirelessly on transforming the dream of an African FIFA World Cup™ into reality.

As the country marks 500 days to the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Monday 26 January 2009, the painstaking and arduous work of the many men and women in South Africa's nine tournament host cities will be recognised as a number of activities take place around the country.

The main feature of the day's programme will be the national launch of the nine 2010 FIFA World Cup Host City posters at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre (MOSC) at 5pm. The poster launch marks a turning point in the 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign as the host cities start to market the event more aggressively to the public.

Following the poster launch the city of Mangaung will be hosting a banquet to mark the celebrations and with dignitaries from around South Africa attending it is sure to be a glamorous affair befitting the milestone just achieved.

The OC's ‘My 2010 School Adventure' campaign will be visiting both Heatherdale High school and Rutanang Primary school in Mangaung during the morning of the celebrations.

The ‘My 2010 School Adventure' campaign encouraged schools from the nine provinces of South Africa to adopt a FIFA Confederations Cup football team in the run up to the tournament, with the Free State province adopting the Italian football team.

The Italian embassy as well as South African football greats Mark Fish and Phil Masinga will join the campaign's tour of the school. Both Fish and Masinga played for Italian clubs during their career and the tour will provide a great opportunity for them to talk to the learners about their experiences in the country.

After the school tour the party moves to MOSC where a mini football tournament, involving learners from around the Free State province, will take place during the afternoon. Both Masinga and Fish will be there to show the learners a few football tricks.