Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The World will be watching

With all the hype about backup plans to the World Cup, and FIFA may take it away from SA rumors, the 2010 World Cup is still quite a hot topic among the masses, as it is among the office here. I think working next to the changing Durban stadium helps keep that conversation alive.

Well it’s quite disappointing when you hear fellow South Africans, saying they should take the World Cup away from SA. “That SA will never manage it.” “Crime is too high.” “They’ll never have the stadiums ready in time.” And whatever other hundreds of reasons that are put forward.

Yes crime is quite high in SA, and maybe most South Africans don’t exactly have the best work ethic in the world, but it seems that people are neglecting to consider what the World Cup event itself means for the SA.

The recent speed up in stadium and other developments have caused our Rates to be increased, as we near 2010 food and other essential prices will probably rise, and traveling the streets will be a lot more difficult with all the construction. These are all things a guy I know brought up with me, and said he’d rather pay less rates and not have the World Cup here. These are things that I will experience along with all the other South Africans, yet I still maintain that the World Cup will be great for SA, and it’s not just about me being a football supporter.

The opportunity to host the world cup has created some 150000 jobs, opened up great opportunities for local businesses (big and small), and come Tournament month and the few weeks surrounding it, the local economy will boom. The country will be full of international visitors. The new stadium plans look quite wondrous and should be taking shape soon. What’s not to be excited about?

We've hosted major international events, but the Football World Cup is in a class of its own. Come June 2010, the eyes of millions of visitors and billions of TV viewers will be focused on the southern tip of Africa. I really believe SA will not disappoint.

Ok that’s basically me trying to convince the few out there that the World Cup 2010 is something to be excited about. I just don’t understand the people that don’t want the World Cup here, how is the country to progress if we don’t make the effort?

In a mere three years the worlds eyes will be on our country, and they will come to know what a Vuvuzela does, that Lions don’t walk our streets, and what a great place it would be to visit.

Monday, June 4, 2007

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Well after much coercion from my brother, and that it's kinda dumb to have a blog with no posts, at last the debut blog is created.

The football season is over and Manchester Utd look like they’re set to buy a whole new team, the much awaited xbox is yet to arrive, and it’s a Monday so I find myself with a bit of time to say hello to the world of bloggers.

From what I’ve seen of the blogs out there the first post has been designed to allow the occasional visitor to drop in and say hello, just to let you know that you’re not completely wasting your time creating a blog, so I’m not gonna drop all my deep philosophical theories on the few people who do drop by to say hello .

I don't care if you lick windows, eat crayons, talk to trees or occasionally imagine that you're on fire or that your hair is chasing you or that the clouds are sending strange messages to you. You hang in there, you're frigging special.
Asta la wego.