By Marius BezuidenhoutSouth Africa was awarded World Cup 2010 on 15 May 2004. The main opponents were Morocco and Egypt. The spectacle will be hosted in June/July 2010 in 9 South African Cities in 10 stadiums. Cities include Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein. Building of the stadiums has just started. Tickets for the World Cup tickets will be advertised in 2008.
Although this is still 4 years away, it is best to start making plans now. Whether you are visiting from abroad or live in South Africa, you will need to make plans for when the tournament begins.
South Africa draws thousands of international visitors each year. Combine this with the 2010 Football World Cup - billed as the biggest sporting event of all time - and you have a situation in which masses of people are going to be trying to book a limited number of flights, accommodation, tickets and more. Hotels around the stadiums have already set about 80% of their rooms to officials from around the world and so forth. If you are planning on staying in a hotel or anything of the sorts, you had better book as soon as possible. Even 4 years in advance the hotels are becoming fully booked!
In the 12 years since democracy, South Africa has staged more successful high-profile international events than many developed nations. South Africa hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the 1196 African Cup of Nations, and the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
The World Cup will provide an improved and advanced infrastructure, increased tourism through global exposure and referrals, the creation of permanent jobs and focused entrepreneurship, and probably the greatest benefit being the pride of a nation united under a rainbow.