Is South Africa ready for World Cup 2010?

This is one of the questions I ask myself quite often. And my answer is: it’s still a long way to go!

I came to this conclusion when having a look at the following points:

  • Stadiums: I’ve so far seen five stadiums and all have one thing in common: construction companies are still working. But let’s have a closer look…
    • Soccer-City-Stadium: this stadium has been renovated completely. It’s the stadium that has most work left to be done. Streets around it are still being built and most of the stairways do not yet exist. The stadium itself is ready.
    • Ellis-Park-Stadium: the stadium is ready. Some minor work is still ongoing.
    • Loftus-Versfeld-Stadium: it’s the same like for Ellis-Park-Stadium.
    • Green-Point-Stadium: around the stadium work is still going on
    • Nelson-Mandela-Bay-Stadium: Although they are already playing a football match in the stadium next weekend, the area around the stadium needs a lot of work.
  • Transportation:
    • Public Transport: New bus stops have been erected in Johannesburg. Several hundreds of buses have been bought (although they still look very old…). But I doubt that they will be enough to transport 94.000 people to Soccer-City-Stadium or 70.000 to Ellis-Park-Stadium.
      The Loftus-Versfeld-Stadium already has a railway station. So, I guess that it is capable to transport the spectators to the stadium and back.
      Cape Town: Green Point bus terminal is there but not yet in use. On the nearby Main Road buses are circulating but they will not be able to transport all fans.
      Port Elizabeth: Um, is there anything near the stadium? I only saw the stadium from one side, so I cannot tell if there is anything like a bus stop.
    • Streets: The highways around Johannesburg and Tshwane are still being upgraded. I don’t think that work will be finished by June. The existing highways have not the best standard. Especially when it’s dark and raining, it’s nearly impossible to see the road marking. Holes in the streets don’t make driving easier. Very positive is the fact that there are road signs for the hotels on the highway as well as in the city.
      The streets in Cape Town are much better than in the Jo’burg area. Driving comes close to what I am used from Europe.
      Port Elizabeth’s streets are something in between Jo’burg and Cape Town. Sometimes they are really good, sometimes they are crap.
  • Safety: If you ask white people everything is extremely bad, if you ask black people it’s not too bad except from some areas. My personal feeling is that you really have to know where you can go and where not. Tourist areas are quite safe, in all other areas you have to be really careful. Even in the city centre of Tshwane I didn’t feel very comfortable. But if you follow some rules, you will be fine.
    In Cape Town, the general impression is that it is safer than in Jo’burg or Tshwane. But still you have to be careful.
    Port Elizabeth: Well done! Place the stadium into a warehouse district where you cannot feel safe at all. I didn’t feel comfortable at all when getting to the stadium (and I was in the car!).  Port Elizabeth CBD is said to be quite dangerous (good chance of  a robbery…).

On my trip, I will be in two more host cities (Cape Town, Port Elizabeth). What will the situation there be like?

Post updated with impressions from Cape Town.

Post updated with impressions from Port Elizabeth.

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5 Responses to “Is South Africa ready for World Cup 2010?”

  1. Ivo says:

    Maybe not quite ready, but if they are building as fast as the Chinese did, then they are going to finish in no time. Watch out n take care

  2. Lukas says:

    The might make it on the last tick. It’s still four and a half months to go.

  3. Ivo says:

    I guess so too, you would be surprised how much can be done “last minute” if the pressure is on… that’s how must people work I reckon.

  4. Micha Kloeti says:

    Hey Luki

    Coole Fotos von den Robben…*grins* So hätte ich auch gerne mein Weekend verbracht, aber leider ist es hier arschkalt und schon seit Wochen unter Null grad! *bibber*

    Die bauen sicher alles so einigermassen fertig, aber wegen der Sicherheit hätte ich am meisten Sorgen. Was mit der Nationalmannschaft von Togo passiert ist, kann vielleicht auch in Südafrika passieren! Die sollen endlich mal alles sicherer machen!

    Pass gut auf dich auf und geniess vorallem die schöne Natur- und Tierlandschaft von Afrika.

    Liebe Grüsse

    Micha

  5. Lukas says:

    Sie versuchen die Sicherheit mit extrem viel Polizisten zu gewährleisten. Leider sind die Polizisten meist korrupt. Ich denke, in Kapstadt sollte es keine Probleme geben. Jo’burg und Tshwane bin ich mir nicht so sicher.

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