Monthly Archives: July 2010

WC Final most watched soccer game in US history

The World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands was the most-watched football game in US television history, drawing 24.3 million viewers, said Nielsen. According to a report on the IoL site, the final on the ABC network and Spanish-language Univision outdrew the June 26 US-Ghana match, which attracted 19.4 million viewers, and the 18.1 [...]

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John Carlin on the World Cup and how far South Africans have advanced

John Carlin, the author of ’Playing the Enemy’, says all those stories, promoted by FIFA, among others, about the World Cup being the 1995 rugby World Cup all over again, about healing racial wounds, uniting the fractured nation and so forth, were off the mark. ’It was much, much better than that. What we saw [...]

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SA’s expensive stadia – white elephants or symbols which have changed the World’s perceptions

SA’s SWC stadia stun the world   From Sport24  12th July 2010 South Africa’s Soccer World Cup stadiums have stunned the globe’s largest sporting audience with audacious style although critics say a developing country can ill afford such extravagance and some will be white elephants.  When South Africa won the right to stage the tournament six [...]

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Fifty Two’s pick for the Week: Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

FiftyTwo:25  This week’s pick: Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Genre: Outdoor trails and reserveWhat: With 680 ha of open bush and 23 km’s of trails this Nature Reserve comes as a surprise to most Joburg dwellers. Rated the largest reserve in the Johannesburg Metropol, Klipriviersberg is overflowing with archaeological, cultural, historical and geological attractions. Home to red [...]

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‘A flurry of community’: reflections on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

The reports on South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup coming in from all over the world are overwhelmingly positive  with certain common threads weaving through most of the responses. The substance of most articles is celebratory – describing the connections made across race and class; the nation-building role of the event and the patriotism [...]

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