Tag: FIFA

  • When crime stopped paying…

    The biggest benefits of the 2010 World Cup are those that are still to be discovered.  Like… crime in South Africa can be beaten! And if FIFA’s presence has been a heavy cost in other ways, maybe their Big Brother demands on government (which just played silly buggers with criminals up to now) will show […]

  • The Bonanza that bombed

    It is surprising and disturbing that, based on results to date, less than 25% of the accommodation establishments polled have seen any increased benefit from hosting the 2010 World Cup.  Or that 75% say bookings for the World Cup period are the same or far lower (45%) than for the same period last year. These…

  • Profile of 2010 World Cup Fans

    Forecasting is either tempting fate and an act of utter foolishness, but then some crystal ball gazing (with the benefit of wisdom and experience) may shed some light on our forthcoming visitors. Well, the first prediction is a relatively easy one. Two-thirds of all fans, or spectators at matches, will be South Africans. That’s who…

  • 2010 and a Can of Worms

    Good and bad has come out of the whole rooms4u saga and the conundrum of the “official South African accommodation and bookings portal.” The good was renewing an old aquaintance with Sindiswa Nhlumayo,  the deputy directory-general of tourism.  She brought a bit of clarity to the whole issue. The ‘bads’ were several.  Firstly, the Department…