Archive for the ‘World Cup 2010’ Category

source: IOL
October 6 2010 at 11:54pm

Cape Town – Ratepayers will end up paying for Cape Town stadium’s operating costs after Sail Stadefrance walked out on a 30-year lease to manage the property.

“We do not have final numbers on what this will cost the ratepayer. In the end it will be up to the citizens of Cape Town on whether they come to the stadium to support the teams and events,” the city’s acting mayor Ian Neilson told reporters on Wednesday.

The city will take over management of the R4.4-billion stadium.

Sail Stadefrance said it had projected “substantial losses” if it took up the project.

Sail Stadefrance Operating Company (SSOC) chief executive Morne du Plessis said “unresolved matters” affecting the viability of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

NDOLA: The World Cup finals in South Africa, which ended on Sunday presented opportunities and challenges in areas of business, economy, technology, culture/heritage and others.

One challenge that the soccer World Cup exposed is the need for electricity inter-connector projects such as the ones in the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP). If the generation capacity in the SADC region had been increased long before the World Cup, South Africa’s neighbours would have supplied it with excess electricity.

Countries with higher generation capacity like Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would have supplied deficient ones like Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa itself even if it is Africa’s major producer. A research recently conducted has shown that some soccer fans missed some World Cup matches due to load shedding, particularly in Zambia and Zimbabwe. As a result of [continue reading]

source: Sport24
2010-07-07 21:41

Durban – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday thanked South Africans for warmly welcoming visitors during the World Cup and he described the tournament as incident free.

“Our visitors have been welcomed warmly and the stadiums have been filled to capacity. Government would like to thank South Africans for handling visitors well,” Zuma said in Durban on Wednesday night.

He was addressing business leaders, ambassadors and soccer leaders during an event organised to celebrate the spirit of the World Cup ahead of the semi-final between Germany and Spain at the city’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Zuma was impressed that South Africans had continued to support the World Cup even after the elimination of [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jun 30 2010 22:40
Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Johannesburg – The wage dispute at electricity supplier Eskom is set to continue with management and trade unions digging in their heels.

On his first day on the job, chief executive Brian Dames said Eskom’s revised offer was all it could afford and that wage negotiations were still ongoing.

“What we have offered is what Eskom can afford,” said Dames.

“Our last R3.6bn profit does not even cover our interest bill. Surely that’s not a healthy situation. Someone has to look after this company.”

Eskom recently improved its offer to an 8.5% increase in wages and a [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jun 29 2010 22:39 P

Johannesburg – The largest union representing Eskom workers have decided to go ahead with a strike next week, which may leave households and businesses in the dark during the World Cup.

The National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) leaders have voted on Thursday to go on strike at Eskom from next week.

Eskom human resources managing director Bhabhalazi Bulungu said the public utility was waiting for formal communication from NUM and was still holding out hope of meeting the union on Wednesday.

Eskom would continue to seek dialogue while trying to prevent a strike.

“There are many options we can do. We can go to [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 09 2010 at 06:44AM
By Zelda Venter
High Court Reporter

It is two days before the start of the biggest soccer spectacular in Africa, and five days before the much-anticipated Group D clash between Ghana and Serbia at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday. Yet a building constructor is in the Pretoria High Court today trying to halt all the World Cup games at the stadium unless the City of Tshwane pays him the outstanding R28.8 million for upgrades he said he had done at the venue.

However, the Tshwane Metro Council has said it will counter this action. It is also considering laying criminal charges against the very same company that upgraded Loftus Versfeld and is now threatening to upset the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter

A number of investors with family and professional links to President Lt Gen Ian Khama are behind Wilderness Safaris, which has built a lodge on land that was taken away from Basarwa of the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve.

Khama’s nephew, Marcus ter Haar, and the president’s personal lawyer, Parks Tafa, are directors of Wilderness Safaris, which has in the past been linked to President Khama.

In 2002, the Bushmen were forcibly expelled from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), but were reinstated their land in 2006. Despite the court ruling, the government has since banned them from accessing a borehole, which they rely on for [continue reading]

source: Sport24
2010-05-03 20:05

Johannesburg – Construction workers who built South Africa’s stadiums for the 2010 Soccer World Cup were on Monday given free tickets by the organisers to watch the games.

“Today we recognise your contribution,” organising committee chief, Danny Jordaan told workers at Soccer City stadium.

More than 200 workers who built Soccer City received two double tickets, including the June 11 opening match, to be played at the 95 000-seater venue.

“My office is just next to the stadium. I saw flood lights going up at night and the workers working long after sunset to make sure the stadium is complete,” said Jordaan.

The workers tickets are part of FIFA’s Ticket Fund initiative, aimed at distributing 120 000 complimentary tickets to [continue reading]

22 April 2010

Updated projections on the economic impact of the 2010 Fifa World Cup released by global audit and advisory firm Grant Thornton indicates that there are a number of reasons for South Africans to be optimistic.

“We have revised the figures post the world-wide recession and major ticket sales phases, and some of the numbers are encouraging,” said Grant Thornton Strategic Solutions principal Gillian Saunders in a statement this week.
Staying longer, spending more

Although Grant Thornton’s projected number of World Cup visitors is 373 000, down from 483 000, it is expected that many of the visitors will stay longer and spend more.

“Indications are that overseas tourists will stay an average of 18 days compared to the 14 days used in the original projections,” said Saunders. “Average overseas tourist spend per trip is [continue reading]

2010-04-19 07:44

Johannesburg – Soccer World Cup organisers still have 355 000 tickets to sell in the eight weeks leading up to the tournament as they continue to sacrifice short-term profits for the sake of long-term benefits and a better image for South Africa.

Officials will be relieved that 145 000 match tickets were sold in the first four days of the final sales phase, but more sales are needed if FIFA, the sport’s world body, are to avoid a PR disaster the sight of empty seats at stadiums.

Organisers have been forced to offer cheaper tickets to ensure all 10 World Cup stadiums – and not just those staging the most popular games – are full.

“I think that today there is one challenge that we definitely have to work on,” FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said ahead of the fifth and final ticket phase. “It’s to make sure all the stadiums are full and that we are selling all these tickets.”

The final ticket push has no affect on [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Apr 18 2010 12:58 Vida Booysen

Bloemfontein – The World Cup soccer tournament that starts in June could present business people with some unpleasant surprises.

Instead of providing the anticipated economic bonanza, the event could lead to revenue losses for certain South African companies.

This is because of huge challenges to the infrastructure, leading to delays and traffic congestion.

Workers’ productivity is also expected to drop as a result of people wanting to watch the soccer spectacle at work.

According to Martin Humphries, the managing director of Executives Global Networking (EGN) – an information network for chief executives – some of the country’s top chief executives, financial executives and human resource managers have already begun to assemble under EGN’s banner to prepare for the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff writer

Less than two months to the event, signs of the windfall the World Cup was anticipated to be are yet to materialise, at least according to accommodation providers in Gaborone.

Hotel bookings, the usual standard for determining turnout figures for high profile events like the World Cup, have not shown any marked change going into May, indicating that the build-up to the world’s biggest football showpiece to be held nearby are yet to be felt in Botswana.

Bruce Page-Wood, the regional Director for Peermont Global in Botswana, says at their hotels, the Grand Palm, Mondior and Metcourt Inn in Gaborone and Francistown and Walmont at the Grand Palm, they are yet to experience any upsurge in bookings related to the World Cup. “Our hotels do not show any [continue reading]

12 April 2010

The Fifa World Cup trophy is set to arrive in South Africa on the final leg of its global tour, starting in the Western Cape on 7 May before returning to Gauteng province ahead of the World Cup kick-off at Soccer City on 11 June.

The World Cup trophy began its tour at the Fifa headquarters in Zurich in September last year and has already toured 83 countries.

To date, nearly 200 000 fans across the African continent have attended trophy tour events, while 37 heads of state have greeted the trophy’s arrival in their country, including Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Ghanaian President John Kurfour and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

“Millions of South Africans will get an opportunity to see the Fifa World Cup trophy up close, and some who would have won competition tickets will have a special moment of taking a picture with the trophy, and participate in celebrations as it moves across all nine provinces,” Coca-Cola’s World Cup project GM Onwell Msomi said in [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 07 2010 at 11:38PM

South African extremists are warning countries about sending their soccer teams to a “land of murder” after a notorious white supremacist was bludgeoned to death only 10 weeks before the World Cup.

Tour operators counter that the high-profile slaying hasn’t led to cancellations and that many coming already knew South Africa has high rates of violent crime – 50 murders a day. Fifa also says it is pleased with the country’s security arrangements.

“It’s a murder that’s happened, there’s murder happening all over the place” around the world, said Steve Bailey, CEO of South African tourism wholesaler EccoTours, which is handling thousands of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 February, 2010

GABORONE – South Africa is working tirelessly in consulting police services not only of the southern African region, but also of the participating countries to work together to close all the loopholes that could prove effective in ensuring safety and security during the World Cup due to be from June.

The acting Public Relations Officer of the Botswana Police Service, Senior Superintedent Dipheko Motube said currently discussions are underway to stem the tide of escalation in violent crimes that could impact on the tournament.

Mr Motube said several issues were discussed at the recent [continue reading]