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PosOnderwerp: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:52 am


Flag at half-mast after tourist's day in hell

Jun 2, 2010 11:04 PM | By CHARL DU PLESSIS

A foreign tourist had a day from hell when a friend tried to show him the sights of Johannesburg.

Drunk tour guides, an armed robbery, disinterested police, disastrous driving and finally a water outage confronted a Canadian travel agency owner when his friend Abdul Mahomed took him around Soweto and the city centre.

On Sunday morning, after battling to find the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Mahomed could find only "volunteer guides" who "reeked of alcohol" to help him locate the landmark.

The memorial is in Orlando, Soweto, near Vilakazi Street, once home to former president Nelson Mandela. Around the corner is Archbishop Desmond Tutu's old home, and Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was signed.

"If [these] guides were our only contact with the bubbling and vibrant Soweto, then we are losing it through drink binges," said Mahomed.

The two decided to head for Constitution Hill in the Johannesburg CBD, but they battled to leave Soweto because roadworks caused a traffic jam in which taxis queued in the emergency lane, tow-truck drivers hogged the cemented culvert, and other motorists drove as if their cars were 4x4s.

When they arrived at Constitution Hill's historic women's jail, they found it closed.

Undeterred, Mahomed then tried to take his friend to two historic mosques, in Fordsburg and the city centre - where Mahatma Gandhi started his pass-burning campaign - but found them shut too. They were told that "rampant theft and vandalism" made it impossible for them to be open other than at prayer times.

Refusing to give up, Mahomed took his friend, whose name he was reluctant to reveal, to the city's tallest building, the Carlton Centre, where the "football display was fantastic" - but the windows had not been cleaned so his photographs "came out grainy".

It all went downhill from there.

Returning to their car, they were mugged by seven gunmen.

The robbers held them down, searched them and took their cellphones and wallets - while taxi drivers stuck in four lanes of traffic looked on.

At Johannesburg Central police station, it took a police officer an hour to record the two men's tale, while five other officers "merrily" chatted.

Mahomed took the opportunity to show his friend where activist Ahmet Timol landed after being pushed out of a 10th-storey window.

"We went home tired and hungry, only to find that Joburg Water had a planned outage until 6am the following morning.

"My flag is now flying at half- mast," he said.

Laura Vercueil, Johannesburg Tourism spokeswoman, said it was "dismaying when people experience disappointing service, especially in the tourism and hospitality sector, where everyone has been so focused on trying to improve standards".

At the Carlton Centre, building manager Ernest van Vlet said Mahomed's claim that the windows were dirty was "nonsense".

Johannesburg police spokesman Col Noxolo Kweza said she was driving and needed a "fair chance" to comment on Mahomed's "day in hell".

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:10 am

Cleaners in court for robbing soccer team
2010-05-28 09:14

Johannesburg - Two cleaning ladies at the Southern Sun hotel in Hyde Park have appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for allegedly stealing money from the Colombian soccer team, police said on Friday.

The Colombian team, who are staying at the five-star hotel, noticed that they had been robbed when they arrived back to their rooms after training on Tuesday, Colonel Eugene Opperman said.

"There was theft out of their rooms. They went out for about an hour to practise and the rooms were cleaned while they were out," he said.
"When they came back they discovered there was some money missing."

The Times newspaper reported on Friday that the women allegedly stole $21 000, however Opperman would not comment on the amount that was taken for security reasons.

Three women were arrested on Thursday but the charges against one of the women were dropped due to lack of evidence.

The Times reported that the remaining two suspects, Jeanet Mashimbyi, 29 and Lucky Mahlatsi, 25, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

They were due to appear in court again next week.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:19 pm

10 beseer in sokker-stormloop

2010-06-06 19:02

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Tembisa – Duisende sokkerondersteuners het Sondag 'n hek buite 'n stadion gestormloop voor 'n wêreldbeker-opwarmingswedstryd tussen Nigerië en Noord-Korea.

Minstens 10 mense is in die voorval beseer toe ondersteuners geval en onder ander se voete beland het. Baie van die ondersteuners het Nigerië-truie gedra.

Die Makhulong-stadion in Johannesburg het sitplek vir ongeveer 10 000 ondersteuners.

Die eerste stormloop het begin toe die hekke geopen is om ondersteuners toegang te gee tot die stadion.

Die polisie het die hekke vinnig weer gesluit, maar toe dit weer oopgemaak is het 'n tweede stormloop begin, en meer mense is beseer.

'n Polisiebeampte is ook in die voorval beseer. Hy is later van die toneel gedra op 'n draagbaar. Ander ondersteuners wat lig beseer is het die toneel te voet verlaat ná die stormloop.

"Tien mense, onder wie 'n polisiebeampte, is lig beseer en niemand is dood nie," het Hangwani Mulaudzi, polisiewoordvoerder, gesê. "Hierdie is 'n vriendskaplike wedstryd en ek dink die ondersteuners was opgewonde om te kom kyk hoe hulle helde in die wêreldbekertoernooi gaan vaar."

Die tweede helfte van die wedstryd is ook onderbreek toe toeskouers onder mekaar begin baklei het oor sitplekke.

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PosOnderwerp: FOOTBALL PRAYER MEETING ENDS IN STAMPEDE   Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:29 pm

15 injured in football stampede
07 June 2010

CHAOS: Fans fall on each other, above, before the warm-up match between North Korea and Nigeria at Makhulong Stadium in Thembisa yesterday . Ten people were injured. Below left, a fan bleeds from head injuries . Below right, an injured fan is being carried to safety . Photos: Ap

THOUSANDS of football fans stampeded outside a stadium yesterday before a World Cup warm-up match between Nigeria and North Korea, leaving 15 people injured.

Several fans could be seen falling under the rush of people, many wearing Nigeria jerseys. The Makhulong Stadium in Thembisa, Ekurhuleni, accommodates about 12000 fans. “Fifteen people, among them a police officer, were injured ,” police spokesperson Colonel Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

“This is a friendly game and fans were excited to see their heroes, who will be participating in the World Cup.”

Mulaudzi said since this was a friendly game, the Nigerian team, designated the hosts, were responsible for security. Once trouble broke out the police stepped in to control the situation.

Japhta Mombelo, wearing a South African rugby jersey and bleeding from the head, said the crowd overpowered him. “I fell down and people just fell over me.”

The first rush came when the gates opened to allow fans into the stadium. Police soon closed the gates, but when they were reopened a second rush occurred, with more people falling and being knocked over.

Shortly after the second rush, the gates were closed again and much of the crowd dissipated. Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Opperman confirmed the incident.

“It could have been worse but the police were ready. Similar incidents are common on free matches,” he said. – Sapa-AP
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:12 pm


American tourists couldn’t bathe in bone-dry Zastron – so they drove 200km to Bloemfontein…

2010-06-09 Karen Ebersohn reports in Volksblad that two tourists from the Americas showed up in Bloemfontein, desperately looking for a place where they could take a bath. The water-supplies in Zastron, where they were staying, had dried up because the one and only local water-pump had burnt up. 28-year-old US journalist Josh Fowler from New York city; and 31-year-old Esteban Garro of Mexico, said they got a ‘real third-world feeling’ because they hadn’t been able to take a bath for three days.

Fowler was in Zastron for research in Lesotho and IT-specialist Garro was visiting with ‘friends-of’-friends’ in Zastron before leaving for Cape Town to attend the WC2010. Garro said there was no water to bathe in in Zastron. “I am desperate to just go somewhere to bathe, by this time I probably don’t smell so good,’ he said. So they showed up in Bloemfontein, looking for a hotel with running water.

Fowler said he was ‘crazy about South Africa and I’m thinking of taking out citizenship.’ However Garro, while liking Bloemfontein, said he’s a bit ‘scared about the high crime stats. Friends of mine have only been in the country four days and have already been robbed twice in Johannesburg.’ He felt much safer in Zastron, Reitz and Bloemfontein.

Local DA-councillor in Zastron confirmed that the town had run dry for three days. He joked that the tourists could have just taken a dive in the nearby river. “In the countryside we are so used to water-shortages that most people make provisions by installing bore-holes and water-tanks,’ he said. “For people who aren’t prepared the water-problem can be a serious problem. Many people in town don’t have a drop of water,’ he confirmed.The burnt-out waterpump was being repaired this weekend.

Free State shops targetted by murderous robber gangs and scam artists

2010-06-08 Jana van der Merwe reports from Volksblad in Bethlehem Free State that a couple presented themselves as ‘Indian tourists visiting the world-cup’ – and proceeded to steal thousands of Rands from the shop. An Edgars employee said a man and a ‘pregnant women’ showed up early on Sunday-afternoon, speaking ‘poor English’ – and asking whether they could pay with foreign currency.

However they first wanted to ‘take a look at South African R200-banknotes and the reference numbers on them. Having no R200 notes in the cash-register, the female employee took the two people to the office in the rear of the shop to help them – where another worker was counting out the cash earnings. Shortly after the “tourists’ had left, the workers discovered that ‘thousands of rands’ had gone missing.
As is customary in South Africa these days, the police are blaming the crime on the victims - in this case “on the carelessness of shop-owners who do not install sufficient security measures such as cameras to protect the workers’.

“These people showed up and said they were WC2010 tourists. We wanted to be welcoming and pleasant, so I took them to the rear-office because we had no R200 notes in the cash register to show them,.’ Apparently the couple tried the same scam at two other local shops, Jet and Legit – but the workers there were more alert and nothing was stolen.

“SAPS sergeant Mmako Mophiring confirmed the insident and said the two probably worked as a team, one distracting the worker and the other one stealing the cash. He urged shops to install security cameras. Sterns and American Swiss in Bethlehem also were targetted by armed robbery-gangs and hundreds of thousands of Rands’ worth of jewellery were robbed from Sterns. the Eastern Free State businesses have suffered numerous armed robberies during which several people were shot dead in cold blood. Last year, two foreign guests were shot dead in the Sir Harry’s Lodge at Harrismith. A trial is ongoing in this regard. And three men also were sentenced to life in 2007 after shooting dead a police officer at a Pep Store in Bethlehem.

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Rowers oorval buitelandse media

2010-06-09 09:36
Johannesburg - Lede van die Portugese media-afvaardiging wat in Suid-Afrika is om die Portugese sokkerspan tydens WB2010 te volg, was die slagoffers van ‘n gewapende roof, het polisiebronne aan Beeld bevestig.

Die Portugese span, een van die gunstelinge om die wêreldbeker te verower, het gister nog ‘n vriendskaplike wedstryd teen Mosambiek in Johannesburg gespeel wat hulle 3-0 gewen het.

Portugese media is vanoggend omstreeks 04:00 in hul vierster-lodge aan die Wes-Rand deur swart rowers oorval. Dit is sowat 60km van Fourways.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:46 pm

Lodge geskok oor rooftog

Johannesburg – Die mede-eienaar van Nutbush Boma Lodge, waar drie oorsese joernaliste Woensdagoggend vroeg beroof is, het gesê dis die eerste voorval van dié aard by die lodge sedert hulle 15 jaar gelede hul deure oopgemaak het.

Drie joernaliste, twee van Portugal en een van Spanje, is in hul kamers deur gewapende mans beroof.

Hulle is in SA om stories te doen oor die 2010 FIFA Wêreldbeker.

“Ek is woedend, want ons het so hard daaraan gewerk om ‘n goeie reputasie op te bou,” het Nick Mauerberger, die mede-eienaar gesê.

“Dit het nog nooit gebeur nie.”

Hy het bygevoeg dat hulle 24-uur sekuriteit beskik.

Die polisie het glo aangebied om vir die toernooi ‘n paar polisiemanne daar te laat diens doen, aangesien daar so baie lede van die Portugese media daar gaan bly.

“Maar toe ons die polisie later hieroor kontak, het hulle gesê sekurtiteit is ons eie verantwoordelikheid,” aldus Mauerberger.

Die rowers het blykbaar van die berg se kant af die lodge genader.

Die polisie volg tans leidrade op.

Die Jornal de Notícias in Portugal het berig ‘n fotograaf wat vir Global Images werk, in die middel van die nag wakker gemaak is met ‘n vuurwapen teen sy kop.

Blykbaar het die diewe met ‘n hele klomp toerusting soos kameras, skootrekenaars, selfone en televisies weggekom, maar niemand is tydens die voorval beseer nie.

“Niemand is beseer nie en daar is nog niemand in hegtenis geneem nie.

“Ons is egter vol vertroue dat die skuldiges vasgetrek sal word,” het Sally de Beer, polisiewoordvoerder, verseker.
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PosOnderwerp: URUAGUAY SPORT vs AFRICAN SHOPPING   Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:08 pm

Uruguay team robbed at hotel
2010-06-12 15:15

Cape Town - Thieves broke into the Uruguay team hotel and stole $12 000 from two members of the squad while they were playing their match against France at the World Cup, Uruguay media reported on Saturday.

The robbers broke into the rooms of Ernesto Rodriguez and Daniel Marotta at a hotel in Cape Town during the Friday night game.

Rodriguez was robbed of $4 000 and Marotta was missing $8 000.

After reviewing surveillance camera recordings, South African police believe a member of the Uruguay delegation may have been involved.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:17 pm

Article written by a K4 om the vuvuvela and african pride

Now this is a supposed educated K4,and is not really happy since they are trying to take complete credit for the wc2010 and the country but the actual running of the country is showing them up.

The world cup is easy to set up - throw money at it and you can do anything - and that's what the K4 grovelmunt did - with our tax money now it is to be seen after the world cup what is to happen with all this infrastructure etc.

Know the Tutu story? Or is it Kenyatta who first told it?

When the white man came to Africa, Africans had the land and the white man had the Bible. The white man said "let us pray" and after the prayer the Africans had the bible and the white man had the land.

Now and this is my addition we cannot be so sure that Africans either need or have the bible, can we? What they certainly do have is the vuvuzela.

At this point you can either laugh or cry. If you laugh you run the risk of getting to the root of the African tragedy too quickly. If you choose to cry instead and supposing you cry hard you then run another risk, namely one of crying until you laugh.

You painful laughter should transport you towards the intrigue of the vuvuzela.

Ah! The vuvuzela! That gadget that resembles a modern trumpet, a loud-speaker or the "traditional" animal horn used to announce and to summon. While it may not be huge improvement on the tonal dexterity of the prehistoric animal horn, it definitely delivers a lot more decibels enough decibels to pierce the eardrum of a European man, woman or child.

We know this because "expert researchers" have found this out for us.

The vuvuzela is "shaped like a missile" built to glide through air and as such it could cause grievous harm, they say. Like the African drum of old, it should be banned from all "civilized" public gatherings, they say. Some have come close to suggesting that the vuvuzela invokes "primal power" capable of awakening primitive instincts.

These primitive instincts present in uncontrollable bodily gyrations often accompanied by vigorous facial movements and, foaming in the mouth and the rolling of eyeballs, they say. It engenders primitive fear fear as humanity once knew it before the advent of "science and culture". In short, the vuvuzela can cast a spell upon both its victims and its perpetrators, they say.

In my naiveté, I caused a scene on Thursday the 3rd of June in the ancient city of Edinburgh, at the University of Edinburgh.

When my turn came to address the international conference I was attending I decided to dress up like a Bafana Bafana player. I looked great at least the top part Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba have better looking legs. After a brief introduction and definition and purpose of vuvuzela I unleashed it on the unsuspecting scholarly folk who had descended into Edinburgh from practically every corner of the world.

Four loud vuvuzela helpings filled the hall with a mixture of awe and dread.

The vuvuzela is the latest of our cultural weaponry. As a people, we have, over the centuries, lost a lot including a lot of weight (our "hunters and gatherers" were a lot bigger than the average Bafana player).

Colonialism took away our land and riches. It also dealt a heavy blow to our dignity and self-esteem. We have been reduced to beggars begging to be European and American begging to be anything other than who we are and what we have.

In the midst of blue doom and grey gloom, along came this small instrument the vuvuzela.

The vuvuzela has been called the twelfth player the juju, the mojo and the voodoo. To be fair to the "other side" one local newspaper man who dislikes the vuvuzela recently likened its sound to the sound of "a goat in distress". But I love our goats! Sure; its sound is probably intolerable to the uninitiated. But that is our point exactly!

Here is what it is our beloved vuvuzela. It is an instrument of assertion. With it we demand to be heard, to be seen and to be felt.

The vuvuzela howl is the desperate cry of a continent long rendered inaudible and invisible.

The vuvuzela sound is the cry of a people dying to be seen and heard. It is a plea to be heard differently and seen differently to be heard and seen in positive light.

This is most important to a continent and a people who, again and again, have been mis-seen, mis-heard and mis-spoken.
The vuvuzela personifies the cry of Africa today. It is not merely or only an outward cry for Africa is not entirely without blame for its own misery.

So the vuvuzela calls for action. When we blow it, we are summoning Bafana into action. As we bathe the crowds in its unruly sounds, we will be calling on Africa to stand up and be counted.

We blow it for an end to the marginalisation of Africa and we blow it for an end to war and corruption in Africa itself.

Ok, let us face it; the vuvuzela will not bring back the land, the cattle, the oil and the mines. It will neither solve Mugabe nor Dafur.

Nor will it remove dictators currently plotting their next coup d’etat. The Vuvuzela is unlikey to help us pay our third world debt. It is not much help against the ravages of HIV/Aids.

The World Cup will not solve Africa's problems. Which country's problems has it ever solved? We cannot be sure that its legacy will be good for the poorest of the poor.

Once the Fifa 2010 Cup national adrenalin rush has come and gone, will the dream become a nightmare? Every indication is that those who will make money from the cup have already done so and they are not the African poor.

And yet we must not pour scorn over the infrastructure windfall that has come with the world cup and the jobs (decent or indecent) too.

The vuvuzela cannot accomplish everything. But what the vuvuzela can do, only the vuvuzela can do. It will make the world sit up and listen. It is already doing that. For a massive five weeks we will be seen.

The value of getting the eyes of the world focused on Africa should not be underestimated. In fact the meaning and value of it all cannot be estimated. Without letting the minority who will make the most money in the Fifa World Cup 2010 off the hook, we must also insist that the value of the moment cannot be calculated only and merely in monetary terms.

Without suggesting that there is anything better than winning the actual World Cup which I have no doubt an African team can win the vuvuzela could inspire us further still. We should not be easily and quickly satisfied.

Having succeeded in forcing the world to look Africawards let us proceed to take inspiration from the Vuvuzela so that we take it upon ourselves, to win back our dignity in two dozen other ways.

The Fifa World Cup is not everything. At this moment it is the only thing! And the vuvuzela is our most potent weapon.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:32 pm

Vuvuzelas might spread colds, flu

11 June 2010

ALREADY criticised by some for being too noisy, vuvuzelas might also be spreading colds and flu germs, according to a London doctor.

The vuvuzela is likely the most popular item in the country with the World Cup beginning today.

But with the flu season in South Africa in full swing, Dr Ruth McNerney of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told AP that the instrument might infect people seated nearby.

“Vuvuzelas have the potential to spread colds and flu as a lot of breath goes through the vuvuzela,” McNerney said, adding that they can infect others on a greater scale than coughing or shouting.

McNerney was involved in a recent study on eight healthy volunteers who blew the vuvuzela in order to measure what comes out at the other end. They found that aerosols, tiny droplets that can carry flu and cold germs, were formed at the bottom of a vuvuzela.

Those particles are small enough to remain suspended in the air for hours and can enter into the airways of a person’s lungs, McNerney said.

“For ethical reasons, we have not tested sick people yet as we need special permission and a secure room to test sick people in,” McNerney said. “But it is evident that the potential of a vuvuzela spreading colds and flu exists.”

Dr Maggi Soer of the department of communication pathology at the University of Pretoria agreed that it could be harmful, especially because people often share vuvuzelas.

But Soer was also concerned about another danger with the vuvuzela: hearing loss.

In a separate study done by Professor James Hall and Dr Dirk Koekemoer at the University of Pretoria, it was found that vuvuzelas can have negative effects on people’s eardrums when they are exposed to the sound for extended periods.

“Wear earplugs to the games,” Soer said. – Sapa-AP

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:39 pm


Nigerian fans want their chickens in stadium

Jun 12, 2010 4:01 PM | By Sapa
A group of Nigerians were up in arms outside Ellis Park stadium after not being allowed to take their green-painted pet chickens into the stadium.
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quote We were allowed to take our chickens in 1998 [World Cup], but these people wont let us quote

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"This is ridiculous," John Okoro said. "We were allowed to take our chickens in 1998 World Cup, but these people wont let us," he complained.

Okorro was among a group of Nigerians dressed in traditional green robes attending Day 2 of the Fifa World Cup tournament where Nigeria was due to take on Argentina.

A man who identified himself as Prophet Moses predicted that Nigeria would beat Argentina 3-0.

He was furious that the chickens -- which had their claws bound together by black tape -- were not allowed into the stadium.

"Viva our symbols of Africa," he shouted.

When asked what would become of the chickens he said: "No I will never eat this creature, this is my pet. I'm giving it to my friend to take it to his flat in Yeoville."

The streets around the stadium were full of beating drum played by the Argentinean supporters who wore pale blue and white soccer jerseys , while their rival Nigerian supporters were clad in green and white.

One hawker selling pale blue and white vuvuzelas said he had been selling the instruments by the dozens to Argentinean fans.

"They find it very difficult to play at first, but once they learn they can't stop playing."

Nigerians were blowing their vuvuzelas in the faces of Argentinean supporters who retaliated by waving their national flags.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:43 pm


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The World Cup dream has arrived, but don’t forget to return to the hard work of fighting corruption and nation building when the world packs up and goes home.

“I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night”


Orlando Stadium in Soweto is rocking as the Black Eyed Peas infuse the crowd with Fifa fever for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. A beaming Fifa president Sepp Blatter and South African President Jacob Zuma were on the stage earlier, and soon the show will give way to Freshly Ground and Shakira singing Waka Waka (this Time for Africa).

The flags, painted faces, open smiles and euphoria is reminiscent of 1995, South Africa’s halcyon rainbow nation days when SA’s rugby captain Francois Pienaar and then president Nelson Mandela held the Rugby World Cup trophy high in the air and our nation rejoiced. A pivotal moment that later became a book, and then a movie directed by Clint Eastwood; that memory of unity was deeply etched into South Africa’s collective consciousness.

Small wonder then that current President Jacob Zuma dedicated the World Cup to Mandela. The 91-year-old elder statesman was pivotal in bringing Fifa’s shindig to South Africa, but more so, he embodies a more carefree, hopeful, and less troubled time.

Bruised rainbow nation
It’s been a difficult few years. From Polokwane to Zuma’s election as president; to our first recession in 17 years; to the violent service delivery protests; to Malema; to Chancellor House; to the rolling electricity blackouts; to the murder of Eugene Terre’Blanche; back to Malema and the realisation that we are a nation divided with deep racial wounds; to strikes, more strikes and the threats of strikes; to corruption scandal after corruption scandal after corruption scandal.

Like a battered wife reeling from all those beatings and desperately hoping for a better life, the World Cup has come right on cue, offering a dream that is all too easy to believe in. It is the romance of the game, the seduction of being in the global view, of the world’s celebrities landing at OR Tambo and kissing the African earth they call home. It is the advertisement that the 2010 Soccer World Cup unites us all under the banner of 1Goal — the promise of delivering education for all in Africa. It is the dream that the 2010 Soccer World Cup will make South Africa a better nation. After all, it is our time, or as the song goes, “this time for Africa”.

The extent of the euphoria experienced by South Africa as the games begin is significant, but it speaks eloquently to our desperation to divert our gaze from government’s lack of service delivery, mismanagement, greed and corruption. We have had such a hard time of it lately that we desperately need to let go, to party, to forget our collective troubles.

Sweet dreams
As Desmond Tutu said elatedly when he stepped towards the microphone at Orlando Stadium to speak at the opening concert before the kick off: “Can you feel it — can you touch it? It is unbelievable man. Wake me up, wake me up. What a lovely dream.” The World Cup has come right on cue, offering a dream that is all too easy to believe in.

Tutu has hit the nail on the head. The 2010 Soccer World Cup is a dream. It is a moment of fantasy that we can all retreat into for a brief period of time to escape the Selebi trial; the fact that the ANC Youth League is trying to make the Western Cape ungovernable; that the Blue IQ directors were milking the system blind; that we have a government that refuses to hold the criminal and unethical accountable for their actions.

It is a dream, and like all dreams it is not based on reality. Like all dreams, it will exist for a short period of time during which we will be able to get lost in it, until we have to wake up. And the end point of this dream will be the final whistle, and the world will pack up and go home.

That’s when we’ll be nursing a collective headache and will have to return to reality. That’s when we’ll realise that the benefit of the 2010 Soccer World Cup wasn’t as widespread as we’d hope it would be.

It will also be about the time the Mail & Guardian will receive 1 700 arch lever files of tender documents that have until now been kept under lock and key by the Soccer World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC). The Mail & Guardian recently won a legal battle to get access to the LOC’s tender documents, and as the final games are being played, the investigative paper will likely be poring over the documents to uncover who tenders were awarded to, who the ultimate beneficiaries of those tenders were, and whether there was an impropriety with the tender process.

Given South Africa’s corruption climate and Fifa’s tarnished track record, it’s likely that 2010 corruption stories will flow thick and fast after the end whistle, and many of these obviously will be broken by the Mail & Guardian.

So while it’s fine to feel the Fifa fever, know that it’s delusion and that a time will come to wake up and get back to the reality that is South Africa — the hard work of trying to make government accountable, and of fighting greed and corruption.

While we watch and get lost in the beautiful game, let’s not completely take our eye off the ball.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:48 pm


World Cup too dear say two-thirds of fans

Two-thirds of soccer enthusiasts in 23 nations feel the first World Cup finals on African soil has become too expensive for fans to enjoy, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Hosts South Africa kicked off the 2010 tournament on Friday with a 1-1 draw against Mexico who scored an equaliser late in the second half, breaking the hearts of fans in the Soccer City stadium who had hoped their underdog team may have begun the competition with a win.

But many South Africans could not afford the tickets to see their team play live, instead having to watch it on massive television screens set up in public fan parks.

In a poll of more than 12 000 soccer supporters in 23 nations, about 65% said the games were too expensive for the average fan. A separate poll of more than 2 500 South Africans found 78% shared that view.

Fifa was criticised for its initial online ticket selling system, which excluded poorer South Africans who do not have access to the internet.

The soccer world's governing body then introduced cash ticket sales centres, but many found the tickets for the guaranteed three South African games had already gone.

"I'm from South Africa but couldn't get a ticket to see them play," fan Eli Motau complained.

Of the 23 other countries polled a majority of fans in richer nations, with Britain, Germany, France and Brazil topping the list, also said the finals were too expensive.

Andy Bird who travelled from Britain to watch England play said that a perception of high costs had largely stemmed from exaggeration mostly in the British media, who had portrayed mountainous flight, hotel and food expenses.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:17 pm

Imagine if a FIFA World Cup stadium in Germany had been named the Adolf Hitler Stadium. Would Germany have permitted that?


Would they just have glossed over the names of those responsible for the deaths of so many?

Why then will FIFA 2010 World Cup matches be played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium?

Peter Mokaba openly encouraged the murder of innocent South Africans and he influenced the South African Government to deny the existence of HIV/Aids.

More than 2 000 farmers have been brutally murdered because of what Mokaba stood for, and more than 10% of our South African population are HIV positive.

FIFA owes the families of the murdered South African farmers and the victims of HIV/AIDS an apology.

Send this letter to Fifa


Herewith I would like to express my dismay at the decision to allow international FIFA games to be played at the Peter Mokaba stadium. Mokaba was an inciter of racial hatred and a denialist of HIV/Aids. His actions has caused endless pain and suffering in South Africa. I request of FIFA to take steps to commemorate those who have suffered as a result of farm attacks and HIV/Aids in South Africa.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:19 pm

South Africa wins the World Cup ... of inequality
Monday, 14 June 2010.
Let them eat cake - the ugly backdrop to the beautiful game
By Sheri Hamilton, Weizmann Hamilton and Liv Shange

Nothing symbolises more graphically the ugliness that forms the backdrop to the beautiful game than all the scandals, corruption and greed surrounding the mega event on which the entire world's media is focused - the 2010 World Cup. The first to be held on the African continent, it is being presented as an opportunity to contribute to the development of sport and the economy. Through amongst others, "football Fridays" (when the national anthem should be sung by all and the national football jersey worn), and the special "diski" World Cup dance, it will brighten up the fading colours of the "Rainbow Nation", boost "nation building", provide redress for historical injustices, create jobs and help SA escape the effects of the global recession and kickstart economic recovery - a panacea for all social and economic ills.

However, even before a ball is kicked, SA has already beaten Brazil, winning the World Cup of inequality - the only cup it will win. The World Cup has sharpened the already acute contradictions produced by the increasingly desperate efforts of the political elite around the ANC leadership to rapidly become a rich black capitalist class and to impress Western and white capital which still overwhelmingly dominate the economy. Investment in vanity projects like the World Cup during the worst economic crisis since the 1930s depression adds insult to the injuries the working class is suffering. In fact, the expenditure will worsen prospects of economic recovery because of increased state debt and the displacement of expenditure on more socially and economically useful projects.
Even the promises made during the bid for the World Cup to use a sport historically supported by the black working class to leave a development legacy, lie as empty as the stadiums will be once the event is over. Only a handful of clubs, Orlando Pirates, Kaizer chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic attract decent crowds. As with every other of the government's alleged economic and social development programmes, the main motivation for the 2010 World Cup is to provide the elite opportunities for self-enrichment. Everything to do with soccer has attached to it a ‘for sale' sign.

The Mbombela stadium in Mpumalanga, widely seen as the most corrupt province in the country, was built on land acquired by a BEE consortium from a community for a couple of rands and unfulfilled promises of investment. Consumed by the insatiable ambitions of "tenderpreneurs", conflicts over tenders have brought ANC factions into bloody conflict with each other. Several leading politicians named on hit lists have been assassinated. The Mpumalanga ANC is split; the premier a target for removal but supported by powerful allies including the presidents of the ANC and ANC Youth League, Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema, respectively.


The almost R800 billion set aside for infrastructure development in roads, airports, highways and stadiums, is many times the amount spent on the World Cups by Korea and Japan (2002) or Germany (2006). Despite the then economic boom, return on investment for those countries has been, at best, negligible. The climate is much less favourable for SA currently. The total cost of SA's hosting the World Cup is unclear. Present estimates are 757% above the original guesstimates! Apart from the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems being introduced, World Cup expenditure displaces investment in projects with more meaningful and long-term benefits such as health and education. For example, World Cup-related infrastructure expenditure equals ten years of housing investment. Only 7% of SA's schools have functioning libraries. Yet for every seven seats in the new stadia a fully equipped school library could have been built. Much revenue generated in South Africa is siphoned off in returns on investment by FIFA and other overseas investors.

The main beneficiaries of local investment in infrastructure and stadiums have been the construction industry bosses. Between 2005 and 2006 their pre-tax profits sky-rocketed 56%. Company executive pay rose on average by 39%, the highest in all economic sectors. Profits of a top earner such as Group 5 rose by 73% and those of their Black Economic Empowerment partners by 21.6%. Murray and Roberts' CEO's remuneration rose 40% to R7.4 million/year.

Construction workers, on the other hand, officially earn between R1 144 and R4 576 per month. In reality many workers are paid far less - down to R5,50 per hour (half the minimum rate) (SA Labour Bulletin, Vol. 32, nr. 1). The majority of workers in the industry are not unionised and are employed on so-called limited duration contracts (LDCs). There have been 26 strikes on World Cup sites of which 20 were wild cat strikes. The strikes were complicated by the fact that the companies involved have BEE partners with prominent political profiles. These individuals could use their influence with union bosses to settle disputes without undue pressure on their lucrative profit margins. The short term nature of the jobs has done little for the training and skills development promised. At most 50 000 temporary jobs are likely to have been created once the World Cup; government had claimed it would bring 415 000.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:20 pm

FIFA will be laughing

FIFA will be laughing all the way to the bank with an expected €1.2 billion in media rights alone. Earnings for 2010 have already exceeded €1billion - a first despite growing concerns that ticket sales will fall well below target. Having been stubbornly indifferent to pleas to open ticket centres for over-the-counter sales, to make them accessible to the majority of SA supporters, FIFA and SAFA have been forced do so from April 15.

The irony is not lost on those protesting on the streets and the more than 2.8 million youth aged between 18 and 24 years who are neither working nor in any kind of education and training. Working class people are asking why the government has succeeded in completing the building of brand new stadiums in record time when they still don't have decent houses; why they have embarked on a massive highway improvement scheme when there is such rampant poverty. 900 000 in 2009 alone lost their jobs as a result of the recession taking the total to between 6 and 8 million jobless (35%). The government pleads financial constraints when it comes to delivery of basic services, houses, access to health and education. Yet it has found R30 billion to build stadiums and a further R757 billion for infrastructure development. Failing to address the crisis of homelessness, local government has instead embarked on quick "fixes" to hide street kids and other unwanted people (see accompanying articles).

The country is being drowned in a deluge of patriotism to numb working peoples' sensibilities towards the harsh class realities at work in the most popular working class sport in the world. Whilst the tiny elite of BEE tycoons and white capital make fabulous profits from World Cup contracts, the working class is being asked to accept their lot - poor wages, mass unemployment, poor service delivery and deepening poverty - for the good of the country as patriotic South Africans. Patriotism, as Samuel Johnson said, is the last refuge of scoundrels.

That president Zuma has fathered a child with the daughter of soccer boss Irvin Khoza not only shines a light on Zuma's moral and cultural hypocrisy, but for what it reveals of the intercourse between the ANC political elite and the soccer mafia to promote their mutual interests. The greed, corruption and naked self interest that lie at the root of the divisions threatening to tear the ANC apart are mirrored in the SA Football Association (SAFA) without the fig leaf of political pretensions.

Rivalry between the warring factions - led respectively by the Local Organising Committee's Danny Jordaan and the Professional Soccer League's Irvin Khoza - deteriorated to such an extent that it threatened preparation for the World Cup itself as both parties insisted on holding elections to the SAFA presidency before the event. The truce negotiated by Sepp Blatter and Zuma will hold until after the World Cup, when the all-out war for the presidency of SAFA and the billions that will fill the pockets of the winner will resume. So consumed by the opportunities for self-enrichment, is the SAFA bureaucracy - widely regarded as incompetent and corrupt - that they disregarded all advice to pour the billions that make SA football the richest on the African continent, into development. What could have been an opportunity to develop young soccer talent and more generally to let the World Cup leave a legacy of health, fitness and a sporting culture, has been subordinated to greed, the pursuit of power and prestige.

Bafana Bafana

The national team, Bafana Bafana, is now ranked in the lowly 80s having dropped like a stone from the heady days of the 1996 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) victory. The indignity of Bafana Bafana failing to qualify for the January 2010 African Cup of Nations in neighbouring Angola, meant the national team was deprived of playing against the type of tough opposition they can expect in the World Cup. Bafana are not expected to progress beyond the preliminary rounds. The team's preparations have been an absolute shambles. Emergency training camps in Brazil and Germany saw them playing against lower league and reserve teams. China cancelled the friendly match in Germany citing travel difficulties because of volcanic ash. In the end SA had to settle for matches against North Korea and Jamaica. After all these failed efforts to give Bafana Bafana at least the semblance of a football team worthy of the name, the team is left to rely on home support for inspiration to progress.


Marx said famously that religion is the opium of the masses. The same can be said of sport today. But as with all drugs, the effects of opium wear off. The ruling elite are using the World Cup like the emperors of the Roman empire, who tried to distract the attention of the masses from their miserable lives with "bread and circuses". But there could be protests during the event by township residents demanding basic services and taxi associations whose livelihoods are threatened by the new bus transport system in the major cities and by other workers as the World Cup coincides with the annual wage negotiations season. Whatever the outlook of union leaders, workers will not be blackmailed by accusations that they are unpatriotic for demanding decent increases. Street traders have already organised several protests against their forced removal from stadium precincts and even roads leading to them for the duration of the games. Even the Congress of SA Trade Unions, hitherto loyal choristers in the desperate attempt to whip up a phony SA patriotism, going so far as to call upon workers to fill the stadiums during the Federations Cup "dress rehearsal" to "avoid embarrassing the country", have had to protest against the draconian actions of local government against small traders. Cosatu was also forced to protest against the production of the World Cup mascot in Chinese sweatshops and the virtual colonisation of the country during the World Cup by Sepp Blatter and FIFA, whose salary is protected from scrutiny by Swiss banking secrecy laws. After the distraction of the World Cup, the intensity of the class struggle will kick up a gear.

Service delivery protests reached the highest level since 1994 in the first three months of this year and have spread to almost every part of the country, most intensely across Gauteng and Mpumalanga townships. Youth are leading residents in burning tyres, blockading roads and destroying government facilities in scenes reminiscent of the anti-apartheid struggle; expressing the massive frustration and resentment over the continued lack of services.

The ANC government is aping the insolence and contempt for the masses displayed by French queen Marie Antoinette whose infamous response to their demands for bread was to say ‘Let them eat cake!' In response to the demand for houses and basic services, the government appears to be saying ‘let them have stadiums!' It is time for a real alternative that will prioritise the interests of workers and youth and not those of the bosses.

to be continued...
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:21 pm

"No marches in 2010"

Unofficial directives from government departments and the Metro Police not to allow any street protests in the run-up to the World Cup have become obvious to social movement activists.

* As the Motsoaledi Concerned Residents we tried to get a permit to march in January, but the municipality kept telling us that because of "2010" and the fixing of the roads for the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), we cannot march, says Lucky Ngobeni from the MCR.
* It was the same for the Orlando youth group I'm involved with. Then when we had no choice but to embark on a protest without a permit, the police shot us with rubber bullets without any provocation from the community.

The Metal and Electrical Workers' Union (MEWUSA) had been trying to organise a march of Rustenburg mineworkers since November, 2009. The Rustenburg Metro Police kept on coming with excuses, until the workers and their community finally went ahead with a march anyway in early February, which however had to be terminated prematurely, as heavily armed police ordered the workers to disperse. When the workers attempted to move forward with a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, getting a permit was a nightmare:

* No one ever picks up the phone when we call the Metro Police, said a frustrated administrator. They have even removed the contact details for applications from their website.

It was only after the NGO Equal Education took the government to court for its ban on marches at the Union Buildings, that the Rustenburg miners could go ahead with the march (see article on page 5). Equal Education exposed in court that the Presidency's Director General Vusi Mavimbela had in November 2009 issued a directive that "all marches to the Union Buildings and the Presidency [will] be suspended until further notice" (Mail and Guardian, 10/03/17). Such a ban is illegal, but clearly just the tip of an iceberg as other departments or the police themselves have not yet been exposed for doing the same. In other words, in a time when police are ordered to "shoot to kill", public protests are criminalised. Anticipating the World Cup, the police has spent R665 million on 10 water cannons, 100 BMWs and 40 helicopters, in addition to millions on +/-50 000 extra police officers.

Out of reach

The recent PR-afterthought to hand out free tickets to all workers involved in the stadia construction does not take away the reality that taking part in this event is just a pipe dream to most South Africans. The majority of the workers who built the billion-rand new stadia would have to save several days of earnings just to be able to buy the cheapest possible ticket to a group stage game (R140). For the finals, a place on one of the best of the seats they built would cost the lowest-paid workers up to 7 months saved-up pay (a team-specific-ticket for the final costs R19 096). Millions of South Africans do not even have electricity to be able to watch games on TV.

Cleaning away street kids and homeless

Across South Africa, city authorities are busy with various so called "clean-up" efforts ahead of the Soccer World Cup. In the City of Johannesburg this entails removing 15 000 homeless people from the streets into temporary shelters out of town so that "we can be up there with the rest of the world" (City spokesperson Virgil James, Saturday Star 10/02/06). In Durban, street children are rounded up by Metro Police on a daily basis and dropped far outside the city; sometimes at "safe houses" or with relatives, sometimes just on the roadside. At the safe houses and shelters the children are kept with homeless adults, and very vulnerable to abuse according to NGOs involved. Most immediately find their way back to town. The trauma of the often brutal, repeated arrests leaves the kids increasingly vulnerable to coping mechanisms involving drugs etc, and disrupts rehabilitation programmes run by NGOs, such as uMthombo which is teaching Durban street kids to surf. (Mail and Guardian, 10/01/22)

Concentration camps for the poor

The City of Cape Town is evicting poor people around the city from their homes, rounding people up in Blikkiesdorp; what the City calls a "Temporary Relocation Area" made up of 1 300 3x6m tin shacks in the sand. People staying in informal settlements, hostels, squatting in abandoned buildings, and in the latest development, refugees of the 2008 xenophobic pogroms, are being dumped here. Many were forced to Blikkiesdorp as a direct result of staying too close to World Cup sites, such as the Athlone stadium which will be used as a training ground. The City's claims that the forced removals to Blikkiesdorp has nothing to do with the World Cup ring hollow as many others waiting for houses have been sidelined, brewing conflict. Blikkiesdorp is but one of countless examples of forced removals of shack dwellers across the country as it is airbrushed to according to FIFA's detailed instructions.

World class victimisation

Street traders have been targeted not only at, around and along the routes to soccer stadiums, but the FIFA-imposed by-laws also outlaw what they label "ambush marketing" - any vending other than by FIFA's corporate sponsors (e.g. McDonald's, Coke, Budweiser) along most busy major roads, and virtually all public spaces where tourists can be expected. FIFA has their own para-police force to enforce these rules. Street traders have always been harassed through brutal evictions and confiscation of goods, but across the host cities, the authorities have stepped up the attacks markedly in the past year and months. Vendors at Johannesburg's Park Station were brutally evicted on Human Rights Day. Vending at Cape Town's Grand Parade has been prohibited already from May 1. Street traders are overwhelmingly black African women who support many dependants with their earnings.

Women for Sale

The World Cup "clean-ups" have also meant more police harassment of sex workers. In times of recession, many had hoped for boosted incomes during the World Cup. Instead, more policing of the streets means more bribes to police officers, more arrests and more abuse and rape in the police cells. Hopes had been raised partially by the possible decriminalisation of prostitution following a review by the South African Law Reform Commission which was released last year, suggesting that prostitution may be partially or totally legalised, and regulated. If the government goes ahead with such changes, it will not be before 2011, however. While sex workers naturally hope that decriminalisation and regulation by the government rather than organised crime will relieve them of constant police harassment and stigma, and any such relief must be supported, the implications of such law changes for women's status and gender and class relations in general must be carefully examined also by socialists, trade unions and social movements broadly. There is a risk that government regulation, which was introduced in Germany ahead of its 2006 Soccer World Cup, legitimises the attachment of "for sale"-tags to women's bodies in general, while decriminalisation does not automatically remove social stigma and lower levels of police harassment still leaves other problems, such as drug dependency and gender based violence, unresolved.

Human trafficking, present-day slave trade, is an integral part of the prostitution industry. Women and children from rural areas in SA, other Southern African countries and Asia are recruited, often on false pretenses, or abducted and forced to work, most commonly selling sex. In response to the possibility of increased trafficking activity linked to World Cup-tourism, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe now claims that the law criminalising human trafficking, the drafting of which has been dragging since 2003, is to be "fast-tracked" ahead of the June kick-off.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:23 pm

2010-06-14 07:11

Durban - Armed riot police charged into hundreds of security stewards at a World Cup stadium hours after Sunday's match to break up a protest about low wages.

Police appeared to set off two percussive grenades, causing loud bangs, to drive the workers out of a parking lot under Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban hours after Germany beat Australia 4-0 in Group D.

Associated Press reporters saw about 30 riot police charge into the crowd to drive it out of the stadium. While calm quickly returned to the stadium, some of the security stewards, wearing orange and green jackets, continued milling around outside.

An AP photographer said police fired tear gas at protesters outside the stadium. A nearby street was littered with trash where the protesters were forced away. Concrete blocks had been pushed into a street.

About 100 police later surrounded a group of about 300 protesters on a street near the stadium and separated the men from the women. An AP photographer said he heard police tell the protesters they would be arrested for causing a public disturbance.

Left peacefully

The protesters later left peacefully after calm discussions with police. There were no injuries or arrests reported.

Repeated calls to police in Durban seeking comment were not returned.

A FIFA spokesperson declined to comment immediately and the local organising committee for the World Cup did not immediately respond to telephone calls and e-mails seeking comment. The police command set up in Johannesburg for World Cup-related matters was aware of the protest but had not received an official report from Durban.

Police were called to the scene after hundreds of angry stewards gathered to complain about their wages.

"We left our homes at seven in the morning and now it is nearly one o'clock," said Vincent Mkize. "In the dry run, they didn't want to tell us how much we would get."

Another of the stewards, Fanak Falakhebuengu, told the AP he had heard they would be paid R1 500 ($195) a day but were only getting R190 ($25).

"They were supposed to give us R1 500, that's what FIFA told us and they gave us R190. We are working from 12 o'clock until now," said another man who asked not to be named. He ran from police before he could give his name.

Many of the protesters were waving small brown envelopes that had held their pay. One handed to a reporter had the figure R190 written on it under "amount payable."

Others said they had been abandoned at the stadium after the match and would have to walk about four hours to get home. They said no transport was provided for them.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:54 pm

Arrests after journos robbed
2010-06-15 14:17

Nelspruit - Police have arrested three black men suspected of robbing four Chinese journalists in their lodge in Nelspruit on Tuesday morning, Mpumalanga police said.

"I can't tell you much because we are processing the three black suspects as we speak," said Captain Leonard Hlathi.

"We found stolen items in their possession, but we are still trying to see if these goods were those stolen from the lodge this morning."

The men were arrested between 05:00 and 06:00 on Tuesday.

"It's still too early to give you more information, what I can say is that they were arrested in different houses in the Lowveld area, said Hlathi.

He said they were being questioned by detectives.


The four journalists from China's national television network, the China Central Television, were robbed at a lodge in Nelspruit. One of them is based in South Africa.

The robbers broke a window to enter the lodge at 01:30. They woke the journalists and forced them to lie on the floor at gunpoint while they ransacked the room.

They took two laptops, eight cellphones, two cameras, a camera light and two bags of documents before fleeing on foot.

No one was injured.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:35 pm

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:57 pm

Poor ticket sales caused protest’
15 June 2010

A HOSPITALITY management company, whose angry workers protested in Braamfontein yesterday, said poor ticket sales were to blame for employees losing work at Soccer City.

“In Soccer City, we are specifically contracted to supply approximately 160 staff and they are then booked to work according to the requirements from clients, which are ticket sales in the suites,” Instaff director Peter Czakan said.

Instaff provides waiting and chef services at Johannesburg stadiums hosting World Cup matches.

“We don’t control the process of how many staff are required.” He explained that staff required depended on the game and ticket sales. “So the number would vary from game to game.”

Czakan said the company had a “fair idea” of how many staffers were needed for a match. “But sometimes there could be changes on a short term basis, like even hours before a game.”

The workers were apparently told that only a few of them were needed to work at yesterday’s match between Denmark and the Netherlands at Soccer City.

Workers described it as a breach of contract, The Star newspaper reported. – Sapa

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:00 pm

Dries Liebenberg en Retha Grobbelaar

Die polisie het gistermiddag laat te midde van uitkringende arbeids*onrus by WB 2010-stadions aangekondig hy neem veiligheidsmaatreëls by vier stadions tydelik oor. ( SOOS EK DIE KORRUPTE KLOMP KEN- SAL HULLE EERDER DIE OPROERIGES PROBEER "BRIBE" AS IN TOOM HOU!)

Dit is die stadions in Durban, Kaapstad, Port Elizabeth, en nou ook Ellispark, asook die internasionale uitsaaisentrum by Nasrec langs Soccer City, aldus brig. Sally de Beer, nasionale polisiewoordvoerder.

Die polisie sal moontlik ook vandag Soccer City se beveiliging oorneem.

Beeld het gister ook soldate by Ellispark gesien, maar dit is na verneem word deel van ’n groep deeltydse soldate wat in elk geval bystanddiens daar sou doen.

’n Vergadering tussen veiligheidsbeamptes en die bestuur van Stallion Security, hul werkgewer, het gisteroggend in Durban op ’n dooie punt uitgeloop.

Die arbeidsonrus het eergister in Durban uitgebars toe werkers wat by die Moses Mabhida-sta*dion gewerk het, tussen R190 en R205 vir ’n 12 uur-skof betaal is.

Hulle het personeellede met voorwerpe begin gooi.

Die polisie het die sowat 500 werkers met skokgranate, traangas en rubberkoeëls uiteengejaag.

Studentekonstabels van die polisie is inderhaas eergisteraand by die stadion in Kaapstad ontplooi toe werkers tydens ’n wedstryd begin staak het.

Personeel van Stallion Security wou op gister se vergadering met werkers hê dat hulle ’n onderneming onderteken om nie weer te staak nie, het mnr. Bongani Mqadi, ’n veiligheidsbeampte, gesê.

Die werkers het volgens hom geweier.

“Stallion sê hulle is kontrak*tueel deur Fifa gebind en betaal ons Fifa-tariewe. So nou sal ons moet wag om te hoor wat Fifa sê,” het Mqadi gesê.

Werkers het gisteraand by Ellispark onder meer die lied “Umshimi Wami” gesing, maar die “bring my my masjiengeweer” deur “bring my my geld” vervang.


Toe Brasiliaanse aanhangers vir die wedstryd opdaag, het hulle nie besef die werkers betoog nie en saam gedans.

Werkers het saam met hulle vir foto’s geposeer.

“Die base wil met vet sakke (vol geld) ná die Wêreldbeker sit. Hulle wil 4x4-voertuie met ons geld koop,” het ’n ontevrede werker gesê.

Volgens werkers is daar vir hulle gesê dat hulle hul dag se loon moet vat en padgee omdat hul kontrakte gestaak is.

Werkers in Durban en by Ellispark het gekla hulle moes kontrakte onderteken waarop hul vergoeding nie ingevul is nie.

Veiligheidsbeamptes het ook gekla dat hulle en veiligheidswagte wat die toegangshekke by Ellispark beman, minder betaal word as dié by Soccer City.

Mnr. Tebogo Lehlokoe van Stallion het gesê veiligheidsbeamptes is gierig: “Dis mos Fifa en die Wêreldbeker, so nou wil ons skielik R1 500 en R1 700 hê.”

Hy het gesê Stallion betaal werkers lone wat wetlik vir veiligheidsbeamptes neergelê is.

Volgens die polisie het hulle te midde van die staking 1 000 beamptes beskikbaar gestel vir beveiliging by Ellispark.

Fifa het gesê veiligheid is die verantwoordelikheid van die Suid-Afrikaanse owerhede, waaronder die polisie.

Me. Rehana Moosajee, burgemeesterskomiteelid vir vervoer in Johannesburg, het gister aangekondig dat die staking deur BRT-busbestuurders verby is ná deurnagonderhandelings.

Mag ek byvoeg dat die eienaars van Stallion wel JODE is!!
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Behoede jou as jy dors raak op die Gautrein
deur Danie en Erika – Kempton Park
2010-06-15 11:00
Ek maak gewoonlik ‘n punt daarvan om weg te skram van negatiewe kommentaar en glo dat indien mens nie iets positiefs het om te sê nie daar eerder stilgebly moet word.

Ek en my vrou wil egter net graag ‘n waarskuwing rig aan alle toekomstige Gautrein-gebruikers - om dors te wees is ‘n ernstige misdaad op ons splinternuwe Gautrein!

Met die opgewondenheid en heerlike warm gevoel van die suksesvolle afskop van die sokker-wêrelbeker en Bafana se pragwedstryd asook die Springbokke se uitpluk van die Hane se vere nog vars in ons gemoed besluit ek en my vrou Sondag om trots Suid-Afrikaans ons nuutste en eerste-wêreldse toevoeging, die Gautrein, te gaan ondervind. Soos ons verwag het het duisende ander mense dieselfde idee gehad maar ons besluit dit is alles deel van die pret.

Nadat ons by die indrukwekkende nuwe Rhodesfield-stasie moes omdraai omdat die kaartjiemasjiene blykbaar die gees gegee het weens die hoë aanvraag, besluit ons maar om deur te druk lughawe toe en teen ‘n premie vir R 200 per persoon Sandton toe en terug te ry.

Nieteenstaande die hordes mense en die chaos by die kaartjieverkooppunte ook daar is ons uiteindelik staande ingeryg in die treinwa op pad Sandton toe. Vandat ons by die lughawe aangekom het tot in Sandton het dit ons 2 ure geneem, maar niks kon ons opgewondenheid demp nie en het ons het eintlik die chaos en gestamp en stotery geniet. Sandton City en Mandela Plein was selfs nog groter chaos.

Dit het erger gelyk as die laaste inkopiedag voor Kersfees en die atmosfeer was waarskyknlik selfs nog meer feestelik. Nadat ons die innerlike bietjie versterk het het ons maar besluit dat indien ons nog dieselfde dag wil terugkom op die lugahawe ons die terugtog sal moet aanpak.

Met ons les geleer skaf ons toe elkeen ‘n bottel water aan sodat ons nie heeltemaal ontwater tydens die gewag en gestaan nie. Van Sandton af was dit selfs erger chaos maar ons het dit nogtans prettig gevind. Met die aankoms van die trein kon ons ons geluk nie glo dat ons ‘n sitplek kon kry nie.

Ons sak met groot behae neer en my vrou wil ‘n sluk water neem.

Net daar bars ons vreugdeborrel en word ‘n regtig prettige chaotiese dag totaal en al versuur en word ons hard daaraan herinner dat ons tog maar steeds in ‘n derde-wêreldse land leef. Met die oopmaak van die bottel water spuit my vrou per ongeluk ‘n paar druppels water op die plastiek rugkant van die sitplek voor haar.

Ek vee dit toe dadelik af met my sakdoek. Net daar kom toe ‘n vroulike treinpolisiebeampte aan en spreek my vrou aan. My vrou vra nederig om verskoning maar al wat wil opgee is die beampte. Ek wys haar toe daarop dat ek dit opgevee het maar sy hou vol dat sy ons ‘n boete van R600 moet gee.

Ek sê toe vir haar sy kan maar die boete skryf maar ek wil graag ‘n regte polisiebeampte sien sodra ons by die lughawestasie aankom om die saak uit te sorteer. Sy vererg haar duidelik vir my en storm uit na die volgende kompartement. Sy kom terug met ‘n manlike treinpolisiebeampte en ons stel ons kant van die saak aan hom.

Hy sê dat ons net jammer moes gesê het waarop ons sê ons het en hy bevestig dit ook so met die vroulike beampte. Hy sê toe dis in orde, maar die ander dame is duidelik nie tevrede met hierdie verloop van sake nie en verdwyn weer na die ander kompartement om versterkings te gaan haal.

Sy kom toe terug met nie minder nie as agt gewapende polisielede en drie ander treinpolisiebeamptes. Daar sit ons toe omsingel deur dreigende polisielede en skreeuende beamptes wat bo ons uittoring. Regtig intimiderend en ontstellend, om nie te praat van vernederend voor al die ander passasiers nie.

Ons word ondervra asof ons ‘n kriminele oortreding begaan het. Die vroulike treinpolisiebeampte skree op ons en dreig ons dat sy die mag het om ons van die trein af te sit.

Ek verwag enige tyd ‘n herhaling van die onlangse voorval op televisie in Pretoria waar ‘n wit vrou net-net aanranding vrygespring het deur ‘n hele peleton metropolisiebeamptes omdat sy gewaag het om te probeer om dubbel te parkeer. Net voordat ons by die lughawestasie aankom besluit een van die ondervraers dat hy maar ons kant van die saak en verskoning sal aanvaar en roep toe die ander tot kalmte en hulle gaan toe weg.

Na hierdie ondervinding dink ek nie ons familie en vriende en kennise gaan ooit weer van die Gautrein gebruik maak nie.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:31 pm

Government splurges R6million of your money on Cup tickets
15 June 2010
Anna Majavu

Gordhan’s directive ignored

THE government has spent another R6million on tickets for the World Cup, openly defying Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s directive not to do so.

South African Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry have bought tickets for their staff.

SA Tourism has spent R918000 on 180 World Cup tickets – at an average of R5100 each. One hundred of the tickets were dished out to staff. The Department of Trade and Industry spent a whopping R4738960 on 320 tickets, meaning that each ticket cost almost R15000.

The Department of Science and Technology spent R25200 on 10 tickets.

Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said that SA Tourism staff had been given 100 tickets paid for from a “staff fund” in recognition of their hard work on the World Cup.

Last week, Gordhan said he had not withdrawn a circular against using municipal funds to buy World Cup tickets. The circular advised municipalities to refrain from using municipal funds to buy World Cup tickets and T-shirts for councillors and their spouses and municipal officials “as this was in contravention of the legislation”.

The circular followed news that the SABC had spent R3,3million on tickets. Signal regulator Sentech spent R1,7million on 96 tickets, while the SA Post Office had spent R800000 on 500 tickets, according to a reply in Parliament by Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

He said directors-general could be instructed to pay the money back. DA MP Tim Harris said the government should have spared a thought for the “thousands of South Africans who have either been turned away from purchasing tickets, or are unable to afford them”.

“Many of these tickets were distributed to top managers and VIP investors who could all afford to buy their own tickets,” he said.

The Independent Democrats and Cope said staff who received tickets must pay the money back.

“The call for austerity measures was not heeded by these departments. They behave as if our country is not in a recession,” said ID leader Patricia de Lille.

Cope MP Phillip Dexter said: “Those who got tickets must pay this money back.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:37 pm

Bafana eindig yskoud
2010-06-16 22:26

Peet van Aardt

Kaapstad - Bafana Bafana bevind hulle nou in die knyp nadat Uruguay Woensdagaand op Loftus met hulle afgereken het.

Soos in hul wedstryd teen Mexiko, het die tuisspan by tye in die eerste helfte senuweeagtig en deurmekaar voorgekom. Hulle het maar min aangeval, en die kere wat hul wel skote op hul opponente se doelhok afgevuur het, het Bafana die teiken lelik gemis.

Hul teenstaanders het die een aanval na die ander geloods, en dit was net 'n kwessie van tyd voordat hulle die bal in die doelhok bêre.

Uruguay se gevaarman, Diego Forlan het in die 24ste minuut 'n skitterende doel geskop van ver buite die boks af.

In die tweede helfte het die tuisspan 'n hele paar aanvalle bederf deur die een swak aangee na die ander. Teko Modise het in die 68ste minuut 'n goeie poging aangewend, maar is deur Juan Castillo (doelwagter) gestuit.

Bafana Bafana se doelwagter, Itumeleng Khune het in die 76ste minuut 'n rooikaart gekry toe hy vir Luis Suarez in die boks grond toe gebring het.

Die skeidsregter het 'n strafskop vir die oortreding gegee, en Forlan het die Suid-Afrikaners se harte gebreek. In beseringstyd het die tuisspan nog 'n doel weggegee. Dit was aangeteken deur Alvaro Pereira.

Die eindtelling: 3-0.

Vir die Suid-Afrikaners beteken dit nou Frankryk en Mexiko moet Donderdag gelykop speel, en dat Bafana dan in hul laaste groepwedstryd die Franse 2-0 moet klop.

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