2010 good for S-African businesses

08/12/2009 at 12:17 10 comments

To South Africa, the 2010 World Cup will be more than just a series of football matches between 32 qualified countries: it will be a tremendous boost to the country’s economy.

Some 500.000 people are expected to flock South Africa between June and July 2010, whom all will need accommodation, food, and transport, and  who will buy souvenirs, plane tickets from the one host city to the other, and of course tickets for the different football matches.

It is said that during the third phase of the ticket sales which kicked off on Saturday, 219,162 ticketing requests have been received via FIFA.com. Ticket prices for group matches range from €12.50 (for South Africans only) to €101, except the group match which has higher-level tickets costing €285. Tickets for the final will cost between €95 and €570.

Local businesses and small enterprizes are looking forward to 2010, which follows an exceptionally hard 2009 that dominated by the economic crisis and a harsh recession. Some say they are benefitting already.

Bafana Bafana T-shirts are for instance selling like hot cakes, shop owners have said in an interview with Eye Witness News. “They are basically skyrocketing, tourists are coming into our shops and getting a lot of Bafana Bafana t-shirts,” one shop owner said.

“The Bafana jersey is sold out; we are only left with t-shirts. Sales have taken flight,” another exclaimed.

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Miriam Mannak is a freelance journalist and photographer in Cape Town, South Africa. In the next coming months she will be following the developments with regards to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The content on Twenty10soccerworldcup, text as well as pictures and photographs, is copyrighted. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and owner (Miriam Mannak) is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Miriam Mannak and Twenty10soccerworldcup with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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