Discourse - Volume 34, Issue 2, 2006
Volume 34, Issue 2, 2006
Author Ronel JohlSource: Discourse 34 (2006)More Less
When collaborators in this issue of Discourse were invited in August this year to write an article on the challenges regarding the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup Tournament, the questions that dogged the editorial team were the typical questions that have also surfaced regularly in the media during the past few months: Does South Africa possess the finances and expertise required for the challenges? What about crime, infrastructure, accommodation, transport, tourism and security, not only with regard to the tourists who will be attracted to the country, but also regarding South Africans who have long suffered unemployment, crime, social decline, the overloading and deterioration of transport, medical and public service infrastructures, etcetera, etcetera. Are only those who are already advantaged going to benefit from the spin-offs of this international event?
Author Tumi MakgaboSource: Discourse 34, pp 1 –5 (2006)More Less
In March of 2004, South Africans celebrated as the President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Mr Joseph S Blatter, announced to the world that South Africa would be the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This moment did not only serve to punctuate the years of hard work that went into securing the rights to host this most prestigious event, but also presented a unique opportunity to the country to unite behind a singular project. This would be a moment in South Africa's history in which we would be able to embrace the challenges ahead and use the opportunity to plot our own path and future.
The FIFA World Cuptm comprises 64 matches, involves 32 teams and lasts between 28 - 43 days (depending on the stage of the competition teams are able to reach). The event is expected to yield a cumulative television audience of 40 billion in 2010 through about 200 television-viewing hours. The expected impact on South Africa's brand will be enormous. This paper seeks to unpack the issues around the hosting of the event and the implications such an event would have on the country itself.
Source: Discourse 34, pp 6 –13 (2006)More Less
The realms of Engineering have broadened to incorporate an integrated approach not only of the various engineering disciplines, but also that of the built environment (urban design, town planners, communication, environmental, landscaping, etc) toward the planning, design, construction and operation of all infrastructure required to capacitate an international event of 2010 FIFA World Cup magnitude.
Author Elsabe LootsSource: Discourse 34, pp 14 –20 (2006)More Less
Before 1980 the hosting of a mega sporting event such as the Olympic Games or Soccer World Cup was seen as being a financial and administrative burden to the organizing city and/or country. The major losses incurred by both the 1972 Olympics in Munich (£178 million) and the 1976 Olympics in Montreal (£692 million) substantiate this perception (Gratton et al., 2000:17). It is a well-known fact that the residents of Montreal have only recently cleared their Olympics bill! It was therefore generally accepted practice before the 1980s that hosting nations accepted such a financial burden if they staged a major sporting event. If a host country could not absorb these losses, the economic and socio-economic impact could be devastating. For this reason developing countries did not in general participate in bidding for the hosting of these events.
Author Peter Auf Der HeydeSource: Discourse 34, pp 21 –25 (2006)More Less
For some cash-strapped South African football journalists, the 2010 World Cup must seem like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But, as the saying goes, not all that glitters is gold and there could be disappointment ahead. This article looks at the opportunities that will open up for South African sports journalists through the World Cup and at the challenges they will face en route.
Author Louis GrundlinghSource: Discourse 34, pp 26 –32 (2006)More Less
On 15 May 2004 it was announced that South Africa won the bid to act as host country for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. When this big event is mentioned, one cannot help but immediately think of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was held in South Africa. During the Rugby World Cup, 2 200 tour packages were sold and the SAA brought 60 000 visitors to South Africa (Beeld, 12 May 1999). However, these two World Cups are a whole new ball game in terms of tourism. The most important difference is that the 2010 Soccer World Cup is much more comprehensive. The reason for this being not only the fact that rugby is played by much fewer people, but that there is much less popular support for rugby in those countries where the game is played. From a tourism point of view this means that if the South African soccer and tourism organisers play their cards right, it is already accepted that huge numbers of people will visit the country - with each one being a potential tourist!
Author Jackie WaltersSource: Discourse 34, pp 33 –39 (2006)More Less
In hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa will face its largest ever public transport logistics exercise. With 64 matches to be played over about 32 days at 10 venues, detailed and concise planning will be required to ensure the mobility of hundreds of thousands of national, regional and international spectators, organisers and players. It will require a coordinated transport and logistics effort that spans not only the operational aspect thereof, but also infrastructure and information management and dissemination to the potential users of the transport system.
Author Johan BurgerSource: Discourse 34, pp 40 –46 (2006)More Less
The FIFA Soccer World Cup in 20101 will be a month-long event during June/July of that year and will be decided by 64 matches played in 10 stadiums spread over 9 cities throughout South Africa. During this time approximately 450 000 visitors are expected to visit this country, while 3.3 million tickets for these matches will be sold. South Africa, as the host country, is obligated to ensure a high level of security for this event, which includes the security of the teams, the spectators and their property for the duration of the event. At the same time "normal" policing, i.e. policing the public of South Africa, cannot be neglected.
Author Albert VenterSource: Discourse 34, pp 47 –51 (2006)More Less
The editor's assignment is: how will government imperatives be served by preparing for and hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup? The implications of the 2010 Soccer World Cup for the government will be considered in the sense of whether the government, in its broadest meaning, is up to the task of successfully supporting the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Iqhaza elingabanjwa yindebe kanobhutshuzwayo yomhlaba ka-2010 ekuthuthukiseni umnotho wezindawo ezisemaphandleni aKwazulu-NataliSource: Discourse 34, pp 52 –58 (2006)More Less
Ngaphandle kokungabaza, indebe yomhlaba kanobhutshuzwayo ka-2010 eyodlalelwa eNingizimu Afrika eminyakeni emine ezayo, ibukeka iyiko konke kubo bonke abantu. Kunemibono ethi iNingizimu Afrika inamathuba amahle kakhulu okuqinisekisa ukuthi indebe yomhlaba le iyahambisana nemigomo yenqubekela phambili. Osopolitiki bayibona le ndebe yomhlaba njengethuba lokwakha imisebenzi, nokwenza ngcono izinga eliphezulu ngokudabukisayo lokungaqashwa kwabantu baseNingizimu Afrika. Iziphathimadla zomasipala ziyibona le ndebe njengethuba lokusungula nokuthuthukisa izinqalazisinda ezinjengemigwaqo, izindlu kanye nokuphakelwa kwamanzi. Abafundisi bona bayibona le ndebe njengokuvuleka kokuqala kokufundisa izinhlelo ezintsha eziphathelene nezemidlalo, nezokungcebeleka nokuvakasha. Ngaphezu kwalokhu kuyaziwa ukuthi iNingizimu Afrika, okukakhulukazi iKwaZulu-Natal, ukuze iphumelele ekusingatheni le midlalo kufanele izivakashi zale midlalo izinikeze impatho esezingeni eliphezulu, futhi izivikele njengezikhali zabaNtungwa.
Possible contributions of the Soccer World Cup 2010 to the economic development of rural KwaZulu-NatalSource: Discourse 34, pp 59 –64 (2006)More Less
Without doubt the 2010 Soccer World Cup event, to be staged in South Africa in the next four years, is regarded as everything to everybody. It has been argued that South Africa has a wonderful opportunity to ensure that the 2010 Soccer World Cup (SWC) conform to the principle of sustainable development. The politicians see it as an opportunity to create jobs and improve the sorry state of unemployment in South Africa. The local administrator sees it as a chance to develop and improve the local infrastructure, mainly relating to roads, housing and water provision. The educationist sees it as an opening for initiating and teaching new learnerships associated with sports, recreation and tourism. Furthermore, it is common knowledge that for South Africa, and KwaZulu-Natal in particular, to succeed in hosting the 2010 World Cup tourists and provide good tourism service delivery, the visiting soccer tourists have to be protected and supported as "the geese that lay the golden eggs". In other words, the soccer tourist must be assured of safety and security at all tourist destinations throughout South Africa. If say a section of KwaZulu-Natal were to have a lapse in safety and security, then the whole country and international soccer community would be seriously disadvantaged.