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n Commonwealth Youth and Development - The role of private security in the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup held in South Africa
After the official announcement on 15 May 2004 that South Africa would be the host of the 2010 Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) Soccer World Cup (SWC) there arose considerable criticism that the country was not a good choice with many doubting the country's capabilities to host such a big sporting event. The reasons they gave had no bearing on the country's existing infrastructure (e.g., roads, stadiums, public transport and other public services) since the ve to be made. In fact the main concern of these critics revolved around the levels of security in the country and that if one was not rich enough to afford private security services for one's own protection, the perception was that you would then be vulnerable to crime.
FIFA has its own security standards that have to be met by countries that host such complex sporting mega-events. At the time of the announcement South Africa made a pledge that all governmental departments would support and assist in all the hosting arrangements for the SWC in order to help ensure its success.
This paper sought to look at the pieces of information from website databases regarding security at high level events held in South Africa in the past. Different case studies were provided. A literature review was also conducted. Findings were presented and recommendations made to help stage future successful sporting events in South Africa.
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