Will the World Cup 2010 Make a Difference to South Africa?

An intereseting article on Hugh Masekela, a South African born trumpet player who fled apartheid South Africa in 1960. He returns to South Africa to make a series of short documentaries on the country today. Part of the focus is on the impact hosting the 2010 Football World Cup will have. Here is a quote below:

“I’m not going to lie to you and tell you I can’t sleep at night because the World Cup is coming to South Africa,” he said. “I don’t look at it as a miracle. All these things revolve around people who can afford to go to the World Cup. There are 47 million people in South Africa, maybe 20 million of them are dirt poor; I don’t think the World Cup is even going to touch them. The realities of South African remain, regardless of big events”.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/17/sports/soccer/17rhoden.html

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