Jabulani balls also made in Asia?

04/03/2010 at 12:35 8 comments


With an overall unemployment of 25 percent and a youth unemployment exceeding 40 percent, South Africans are in dire need of jobs. Together with the skyrocketing unemployment rate, more than 50% of the South African population lives in poverty. In the meantime, the manufacturing of the  official Zakumi mascots – which could have been a huge source of employment – are made in China. Now it seems that Adidas is manufacturing its  Jabulani footballs in Asia too!

The latex bladder of the so-called Grip and Groove football which comprises eight thermally bonded 3-D panels, is apparently made  in India, and thermoplastic polyurethane-elastomer is produced from Taiwan. Furthermore, the ethylene vinyl acetate, isotropic polyester/cotton fabric, glue and ink are made in China. The location of assembly and manufacturing of the Jabulani ball is a bit more vague, but various online sources mention Pakistan and of course China. What is clear is that none of them mention South Africa as the production hub for the official 2010 world cup ball.

Look, I love the world cup. I am the event’s biggest fan. I cannot wait for the thousands of soccer fans to come to this wonderful country, I am dying to watch the games, and am counting the days before Africa erupts in the biggest party the continent has ever hosted.

But this was supposed to be a world cup for and by Africans. I might be wrong, but it seems that South Africans who are dying for work are missing out badly. And that actually irritates the hell out of me, because everyone seems to benefit from the event – from big corporate companies to the government, from the sponsors to FIFA – but not those who need the extra buck the most.

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  • 2. soccer world cup dates  |  05/03/2010 at 19:29

    I never read this stuff in any blog or newspaper but nice sharing

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    • 3. Miriam Mannak  |  07/03/2010 at 19:32

      That you havent read means people are not looking in the right corners. I have seen official Jabulani balls and they arev made in China. That is what the small print says. And I added some links that refer to the info I mentioned in my blog post.

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  • 5. Term Paper  |  10/03/2010 at 09:36

    A great article indeed and a very detailed, realistic and superb analysis, of these books, very nice write up, Thanks.

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  • […] Jabulani balls also made in Asia? With an overall unemployment of 25 percent, with youth unemployment exceeding 40 percent, South Africans are in dire need of jobs. Together with the skyrocketing unemployment rate, over 50% of the South African population lives in poverty. In the meantime official Zakumi mascots are made in China. Now it seems that sponsor Adidas is manufacturing its Jabulani footballs in Asia too! […]

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  • 8. Sean Moore  |  08/06/2010 at 15:22

    Hey, I couldn’t agree more! I work for an African football charity called Alive & Kicking. They employ over 150 local employees in Kenya and Zambia making balls that are then donated to children.
    We, too, have marvelled at the fact that, during an African World Cup, FIFA would dare used balls made elsewhere.
    Check out our blog at ballsforafrica.wordpress.com or our webstie at aliveandkicking.org.uk.

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