Like most things in South Africa, the fields of O&G ultrasound in general, and fetal medicine in particular, are characterised by a typical mix of First- and Third-World services. Although centres of excellence exist in both the private and public health care sectors, the main feature of O&G ultrasound in this country is a surprising inequity in access to high-quality services. This is unfortunately true for both the public and private sectors, albeit for different reasons.
According to the countdown on the FIFA website, I'm writing this 66 days, 9 hours, 49 minutes and 4 seconds before Japan and Cameroon kick off in the Free State Stadium at the start of Mangaung/Bloemfontein's first match in the 2010 World Cup. Gosh! The city will only just have begun to calm down after the excitement of the 2010 SASUOG Congress before the streets fill up again, this time with soccer fans from Tokyo, each bowing and videoing, perhaps simultaneously.