Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa…this is NICE!
With just six months until the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Al Jazeera‘s Andy Richardson investigates the complex and controversial legacy the World Cup being hosted in South Africa next year, is likely to create.
This is the continent’s first world cup. Sure history is being made! Come July however, will it be a technicolor dream or will it translate into something meaningful for the ordinary citizens of South Africa? Andy talks about Khayelitsha, a partially informal township on the outskirts of Cape Town, where over a million people live but the township has approximately 70% unemployment rate! Yet, Cape Town Stadium [previously known as Green Point Stadium] in Cape Town is one of the most expensive (US$600 million) stadium built for the World Cup. Yikes!
So the question is how much the economy generated by the 2010 World Cup coming to South Africa will impact the local communities pre & post the actual games in June of next year? Will they get a substantial piece of the pie or is this another big scale road show for the World Cup? Sound off my people!
Also in soccer news according to a recent press release, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) announced news of the “Kick-Off Celebration Concert” for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The 3-hour concert will take place on June 10th, 2010 at the newly rebuilt Orlando Stadium, in Soweto, Johannesburg. Emmy Award-winning producer Kevin Wall and his company Control Room, the world’s leading producer of massive global events were hired to to stage the event which is predicted to draw in about 5 billion viewers globally!
The historic three-hour live concert event will showcase the music, sport and visual pageantry of South Africa including possible performances by Beyonce, Jay Z, and other international and local artists.
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