Monday, July 12, 2010

South Africans: Was World Cup Worth it?

With the 2010 World Cup now over, locals are asking the inevitable question: was the World Cup worth the effort and investment?

The government certainly seems to believe so, which a cynic might point out is hardly surprising given that many of the governing elite and their friends and families treated the World Cup as an opportunity to party for a month at the taxpayer's expense. But this is not a time for cynicism, especially since there are clear indications that the goodwill South Africans of all colours and classes exhibited towards each other during the honeymoon period after 1994 has made a welcome comeback as a direct result of the World Cup.

South Africa: Was the World Cup Worthwhile?
Business Day
July 12, 2010