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Written by Julie Cunningham Beyond the angst about whether South Africa will pull off a successful soccer World Cup next year is a more profound question – can the competition bring the races closer 15 years after the end of apartheid? Organisers of the competition, Africa’s biggest sports event, are hoping for a moment akin...
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Written by Ian Macdonald The world has now seen South Africa is ready to stage the 2010 World Cup finals which kick-off on June 11 next year, world soccer body Fifa said on Monday. On a scale of one to 10 South Africa’s readiness for the 2010 showpiece, following the current successful staging of the...
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Written by Julie Cunningham Image: www.10and5.com Wild coast: an image from Clint Strydom’s Real Heroes collection, part of the 2010 Fine Art Collection From stark photographs of African children chasing a home-made soccer ball to sleek bronze footballers sculpted in mid-kick – the buzz around the 2010 World Cup has also made its way into...
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Written by Ian Macdonald South African media on Monday gushed over the opening of the 2009 Confederations Cup, describing it as “spectacular” and “electrifying” despite the poor peformance by the national team Bafana Bafana. “Dazzling Confed Cup start, appetiser for 2010,” hailed Business Day newspaper, while The Star’s banner headline said: “Bafana miss but SA...
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Written by Ian Macdonald South Africa is well-prepared to stage the Confederations Cup from Sunday onwards, one year ahead of hosting the World Cup, an advisor for the ruling football body Fifa says. “I believe the country is well-prepared. We will have the odd problem in organising scheme, just as it was the case 2005...
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Written by Ian Macdonald Africa waited decades to host its first soccer World Cup and when it comes, it’s during an unprecedented global economic crisis. The recession has impacted every country, raising fears for the planet’s most watched sporting event, which kicks off a year from now on June 11. Yet not even the worst...
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Written by Ian Macdonald The stadium that will be used for the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Soccer City near Nasrec, is about 92% complete, the stadium’s project director Mike Moody said on Wednesday. “The stadium construction is progressing well and ready for handover in October. We are busy with touch-ups in...
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Written by Ian Macdonald Fancy world-class football in South Africa alongside a trip to the Victoria Falls or a Namib desert safari? This is possible, according to FIFA 2010 organisers and regional countries that want Africa’s first ever World Cup to spill over into South Africa’s neighbours. “The idea is that this soccer World Cup...
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Written by Ian Macdonald The French Gendarmerie and French National Police have partnered with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to train local officers in crowd control ahead of the 2009 Confederations Cup. Twelve French police officials are presently in the country to assist with training at five SAPS training centres and will remain in...
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Written by Ian Macdonald Michael Martinel, Supervisory Special Agent of the Washington’s FBI said it was important to prepare South Africa to respond to these challenges. “We are here to give the City of Johannesburg some training on terrorism financing and money laundering in anticipation of the world cup so that they are in a...
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Steuart as a Speaker

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Steuart has done some 500 talks on South Africa's progress since 1994 and SA's prospects for the future'