2010: The Power of Football 28Jan08

Investigative documentary about the challenges and opportunities faced by South Africa in hosting the 2010 World Cup. The World Cup 2010 will be hosted twenty years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison and spoke to 100,000 people from a football stadium in Soweto of a new South Africa. Can the next one bring reconciliation, unity and identity to the rainbow nation?

Part 1 of the report below. Click on to read more and see Part Two:

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One Response to “2010: The Power of Football”

  1. Mo Says:

    Aloha Olly,

    This was an eye-opening report. The tragedy of poorer people being displaced to make way for “progress” seems to be a running theme in many of your reports (Bushmen and China at the very least).

    It is now 2009 and little more than a year until the World Cup (WOW – has it really be that long since the last one!?) – do you happen to know if things have improved at all for the people devastated by the effects of “eminent domain” (I don’t know what it’s called there, but that’s what they call it here in the States)? I know you’ve probably been busy with other projects, but I was curious about how things have progressed in South Africa as 2010 gets closer.

    On a side note: I don’t know whether or not it was intentional, but I was particularly struck by the irony of the gentleman in the Green Belt getting upset because the delicate balance of his golf course’s eco system was going to be disrupted by the construction of a new stadium. Though he seemed to genuinely want the best by way of using the money to improve poor conditions throughout his country, the juxtaposition of his words and his environment threw me off.


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