Photo highlights of All Blacks and Springboks arriving at PE airport

African Drumbeat next to the Spingboks' bus
Kevin Mealamu, who is captaining the All Blacks side that will play against the Spingboks on Saturday, receives a stunning beaded rugby ball trophy from Nonki of African Drumbeat. The inscription on the trophy read: ‘Nelson Mandela Bay & African Drumbeat Welcome You! Springboks Vs All Blacks 20-08-2011’
African Drumbeat musicians show their delight as the All Blacks arrive at the airport.

Port Elizabeth is currently in a frenzy  three days ahead of the match between the Springbok rugby team and the All Blacks on Saturday.

African Drumbeat captured them ariving at PE airport and graciously shared these photos with St Francis Chronicle to share, in turn, with all our readers.

The African music band, headed up by Ruth Mackintosh, was invited by  Port Elizabeth Tourism to the airport to drum up a storm for the two rugby teams’ arrival.

The All Blacks arrived first , followed by the Springboks . A huge crowd was there waiting for them on Sunday (14 August) and the team players were literally swamped before heading to their waiting buses.

The dynamic drumming and marimba sounds was a joyful welcome  that later was almost drowned out by the crowd’s screams, cheers, whistles and blowing of vuvuzelas.

The All Blacks team members each received a beautiful wire and bead ‘Shaker Ball’ (in the shape of a rugby ball of course)…with compliments of African  Drumbeat.

Here are some more photo highlights:

The crowds waiting for the planes to land
Ruth Mackintosh of African Drumbeat was thrilled to meet All Blacks team player, Ma-a-nono.
Bakkies Botha at PE airport


Brian Habana with Madlakazi Skefile, CEO of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism



Guthro Steenkamp
John Smit


Rassie Erasmus, left.


'The Beast'


Victor Matfield

Photos courtesy of African Drumbeat

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