World Cup Soccer! - There is such a zest for life! - things are so refreshing and new! South Africa Â– Nelson Mandela country Â– our icon of the Rainbow Nation, known affectionately as Madiba Â– the country is abuzz with an excitement that is almost tangible.
There is such a zest for life! - things are so refreshing and new! South Africa – Nelson Mandela country – our icon of the Rainbow Nation, known affectionately as Madiba – the country is abuzz with an excitement that is almost tangible.
Six years ago they actually said it would not happen. That was then. 2190 days later some mind boggling positive things have happened, inter alia:
TEN World Class Soccer Stadiums have either been built from scratch, or refurbished to meet with FIFA requirements.
Three World Class Air Terminal have been built or totally refurbished
A high speed, state-of-the-art Railway has been built, and has been licensed to go fully operational.
Rapid bus transport systems introduced and running in Johannesburg and Cape Town
Hotels, Guest Houses, Game ranches have been built or jacked up.
But for now, let us just focus on the stadiums:
Green Point Stadium - Cape Town
Moses Mabhida Stadium – Durban
Soccer City – Johannesburg (will host the opening & closing matches and ceremonies)
Ellis Park Stadium – Johannesburg
Free State Stadium – Bloemfontein
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – Port Elizabeth
Mbombela Stadium – Nelspruit
Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace – Rustenburg
Loftus Versveld Stadium – Pretoria
It is not surprising therefore that around the world, supporters are finalizing their plans to travel to Africa's first-ever FIFA World Cup.
You can even register to be a member of the FIFA Football Club: CLICK HERE so that you can connect with football fans across the world, and this will allow you to:
- Make comments on breaking news, and read about football's biggest issues
- Make friends in FIFA.com and message them directly
- Personalize FIFA.com by selecting your favorite leagues and national teams
- Create your own Avatar
- Predict results, select your fantasy team, and challenge your friends
- Join in the wealth of prizes and special offers
- Change your personal space into the language of your choice, from English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.
The King Shaka International Airport: CLICK HERE
The rapid bus transport system:
Oh, and whilst you are there, why don't you see if you can emulate local phenomenon – Diski Dancing, and why it is taking off:
ALL that is just for starters, because what is on offer in South Africa is so diverse, it is not surprising that so many people agree, once they have been there, that it is indeed a “World in One Country!”
Much more to follow, as we move along, including the wonderful wines, the range of cuisine not available anywhere on the globe, the wild life, the diversity of the plant and insect life....so please watch this space!
Photos by courtesy of www.fifa.com