In Tearing Ourselves Apart on July 16, 2010 at 7:29 am
THE first time I heard about plans to expel foreigners from SA after the World Cup was in December last year. I was conducting research on an African National Congress (ANC) branch in Katlehong at the time, and the person who alerted me to the plans was a branch member. He said residents, including ANC members, were talking openly about a plot to send foreigners packing. Read the rest of this entry »
In Cities on July 13, 2010 at 11:49 am
A South African comrade reflects on the impact of the World Cup industry on ordinary South Africans.
Whether 2010 is the “best World Cup ever” (according to FIFA President, Sepp Blatter) remains to be seen. However, it will certainly go down as one of the most interesting, which may have less to do with drama on the pitch and more to do with the political and social reactions off it. While most left-wing analyses of the event, including many of my own, have focused on the negative impacts that 2010 will have on ordinary South Africans, the wildcard in all this has precisely been the way in which ordinary people have reacted to the biggest tournament in the world. Read the rest of this entry »