ctrp344 The Effects of the World Cup on South Africa

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After all the glamour and hoopla surround the World Cup in South Africa, what about the actual costs and benefits of such an event for South Africa. The construction of massive new stadiums, the infrastructure projects, the tourism… was it everything people hoped? Was it everything FIFA promised? Where did the money come from? And do the benefits outweigh the costs?

Chris Bolsmann, Lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of Aston (UK) has been following the topic since before SA got the world cup. He has been speaking and writing about the real costs of such a tournament for the nation. He joins me on the program from South Africa.

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2 thoughts on “ctrp344 The Effects of the World Cup on South Africa

  • July 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm
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    unfortunately “you” Will not be audible in the media, because it messes with major conglomerates want the filth did not know them

  • July 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm
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    I would have been interested in Chris’ views on the way FIFA, IOC etc. come into countries and subvert the local judicial systems or introduce new laws using the local government as surrogate. Examples are the FIFA “kangaroo courts” in SA and the so-called free-speech zones in Vancouver for the recent Winter Olympics. G20 are another organization that do this with, for example, the recent meeting in Toronto producing hundreds of arrests on spurious charges and a new secret “stop and search” law.

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