Sunday, August 30, 2009

Polokwane - The Quiet Host City

This piece from The Guardian takes a look inside Polokwane, one of the host cities of the 2010 World Cup -- and one that is likely low on the must-see lists of tourists.

"You are the only guest," smiled one of several waiters competing to sweep my plate away. This, after all, was Polokwane, a sleepy city at the opposite corner of South Africa from Cape Town – and at the opposite end of most tourists' to-do lists.

...Yet there, not too far away on the horizon, was one of the host stadiums for next year's football World Cup, probably the biggest international event in Polokwane since the Anglo-Boer war.

Beautiful game-watching in the World Cup city of Polokwane
The Guardian
August 27, 2009