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I took some great pictures during the 2010 world cup match between Algeria & England in Cape Town. Check them out! http://ow.ly/20FD2
Are you looking for affordable accommodation in Cape Town during the 2010 FIFA Wold Cup, but struggling to find what you are looking for? Are the high ratescharged by some hotels and B&Bs a bit too much to handle? One of Africa’s premier universities, the University of Cape Town ( UCT), might be the answer to your problem: the university, with residences situated a mere 10km from Cape Town’s city centre, will be opening its doors as Africa’s largest accommodation hub during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
With Cape Town’s brand new 2010 world cup football stadium completed, the visitors center has reopened its doors for soccer enthusiasts who’d like to see the stadium from up close.
Tickets for the 2010 World Cup semi-finals and final have sold out, as well as for the matches between England and the US (12 June), England and Slovenia (23 June), Italy and Paraguay (11 June), and Brazil and Portugal.
The 2010 Local Organising Committee and FIFA have decided to extend the deadline for South African journalists who seek media accreditation for the 2010 World Cup. The original deadline was January 3. It has not been decided what the new deadline – which applies only for South African based journalists and media organisations – will be. ** Watch this space **
The first football match in Cape Town’s brand new world cup stadium between Ajax Cape Town and Santos on January 23, went without any major hick-ups. And that is good news – very good news! Well done, Cape Town!
The list of base camps for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa becomes longer and longer. So far, only Australia, England, Serbia, Ghana, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Paraguay, Argentina, South Africa, Slovakia, the USA, Cameroon, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands / Holland, and South Korea revealed their base camps. Other teams of the 32 qualified countries have joined them: Switzerland, France, Spain and Paraguay.
If it is up to France and the municipality of Knysna, South Africa’s favourite lagoon town and one of the hotspots along the Garden Route will be turned into Little France during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Strange? Not in the least, as the French national football team – Les Bleus (“the blue ones”) – has declared Knysna as their 2010 world cup base camp. To prepare themselves for a French wave in June and July 2010, Knysna’s tourism workers are being subjected to intensive French lessons. Because the French are famous for many things, but not their fluency in English
If one would believe travel agents in and outside South Africa, South Africans living abroad should ditch the idea of visiting their native country during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South African at home should also refrain from seeing games. Overbooked hotels, unavailable car hire and impossible airports some of the reasons. Nonsense says tax and specialist advisory services firm Grant Thornton South Africa.
One of the perks being a journalist, even a freelance journalist like I am, is that you get to do things and see things before the public does. Today, I had a sneak peek of the Cape Town Stadium – one of the 2010 world cup venues – from the inside.
Although many of the 32 qualifying teams have already chosen their base camps for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, many still need to make up its mind. And time is running out, as the teams have until 31 January 2010 to confirm where their will base themselves during the event.
Many people have asked me this question over and over again: What are the distances between South Africa’s nine different world cup host cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Rustenburg, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane). I therefore made a distance chart (in km) to give you an indication.