I am suitably impressed with a news article that I was emailed by a South African friend of mine (Thanks Courts) living in Australia. The article is fair, just and doesn’t bounce about the fact that SA has problems. But it is well-balanced and positive too.
Let me just specify however, that this article was not written by a journalist but an Australian living in SA.
Here’s a little excerpt:
Is South Africa up to hosting an event of this size? Until about a month ago, many locals would have said “no”.
Spookily reminiscent of Sydney immediately before the 2000 Olympics, the locals seem to have passed through an arc of emotions ranging from “no one is going to come” to “the transport is going to be a disaster” to their current mind-set: “This is going to be a hell of a jol [party].”
If Sydney is any guide, the South Africans will spend the latter stages of the tournament putting their case that they hosted “the best World Cup ever” and be properly morose when it is all over.
Do yourself (and me) a favour and go and read this short and interesting article. It’s worth the read.
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