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The FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa-Frequently Asked Questions
April 18, 2007   
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After long and hard lobbying, South Africa won the right to host the next FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010. The fact that it will be the first time that this biggest of sporting events will be held on the African continent has led to a host of questions. The South African website, www.southafrica.info, provides some of the answers:

Well, what's South Africa like? South Africa is the powerhouse of Africa, the most advanced, broad-based economy on the continent, with infrastructure to match any first-world country. South Africa generates two-thirds of Africa's electricity and mines 20 percent of the world's gold and 77 percent of the world's platinum. Almost everyone who visits is astonished at how far a dollar, euro or pound will stretch...

What cities will host the 2010 games? The 2010 tournament will be staged in ten stadiums located in nine South African cities: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Nelspruit, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

The final will be at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.

What's the weather like? The World Cup will be held in the southern hemisphere winter, but it's warm in Africa, with daytime temperatures rarely lower than 15 degrees Celsius. Durban throughout winter is around 25 degrees Celsius. And while Cape Town is magnificent in good weather-and it can have good weather in winter-in June the city is generally cold, wet and windy.

How will I get to South Africa? By air-South Africa has 10 international airports, in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane, East London, Bisho, George, Phalaborwa and Alexander Bay. Together they handle over 200,000 aircraft landings and 23 million passengers annually. All of the world's major airlines fly to South Africa, departing from most international airports. The national airline, South African Airways, serves more than 700 destinations throughout the world, carrying more than 6.5 million passengers every year.

And South Africa's national soccer squad? The country's soccer team is known as Bafana Bafana-"the Boys, the Boys" in isiZulu-a name that comes from the fans' cry that went up during the squad's triumph at the 1996 African Cup of Nations, hosted in SA. Other than winning that tournament, Bafana Bafana have twice qualified-in 1998 and 2002-for the FIFA World Cup since the end of South Africa's sporting isolation.
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