What does the 2010 world Cup mean to me as A South African?
I close my eyes, and think of the South Africa I grow up in as a young girl, and envisage how it will come alive for the first time for the whole world. This is what my mind paints. ”The sounds of women (omama belilizela) ululating, the man screaming (laduma) “it’s a goal”, boys (abafana) whistling, the girls singing and the colour of Mnzansi coming alive accompanied by the sfussball_kleinound of the vuvuzela”. What a blinding explosion of colour I see! This is what, in my minds eye’s, I so clearly see and this is indeed what the world will see, feel and taste when the kick of begins.
However, this is just my view. On the very same experience, different views are held, by economist, critiques and politicians. See, the picture for all this intellectuals, academics and analyst is more complex then my simple country girl imagination. Economist, they see prosperity and a major economic boost, and on the other side, critiques, predict the escalation of crime, moreover, politicians perceive an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations, who can blame them really?
I do agree that there shall be some economic benefits when the different currency exchange hands in our shores. Nevertheless, to us “country bumpkins” we will not feel it the economic boom I mean. Well, in the view of crime, this is a hypocritical view of any country you have only seen on television. One thing for sure the South Africa I live in, is a place rooted in the sprite of “Ubuntu” (Humanity). But I will let all the soccer lovers that will grace our African Soil experience it for themselves it’s a well keep secret “Ubuntu”.
One thing that is very clear, is that for ordinary South African it’s about a game we all love that pulls together son and fathers, that fill up shibeens on weekend, a game that cross colour, but most importantly Africa as the stage for the world in my life time WOW!. The FIFA 2010 world Cup to me means one thing, and that is that all Africans will share the love of the game, despite there social class or the events impact on the GDP and for once Africa will unit the world.
Nompumelelo Maisela, Mai 2010