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Preparing for the World Cup

Next Friday, June 11th, South Africa will step onto the world stage as host nation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the international soccer tournament begins - welcoming 32 teams from around the world. South Africa was selected as the host six years ago, and has been preparing ever since, building five new stadiums, upgrading five existing stadiums, and building up public transportation, including a new rapid transit railway. Over the past weeks, the teams and their legions of fans have begun arriving while final preparations are made and and dress rehearsals held for the Opening Ceremony on Friday. The tournament takes place over a month, ending on July 11th. Collected here are recent scenes from South Africa as it readies itself to welcome the world. (39 photos total)

A fan waves a South African flag during a parade for Bafana Bafana, the South African national soccer team on June 9th, 2010 in Sandton, South Africa. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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799 comments so far...

very impressive!

Posted by MeighkgLeeH June 9, 10 12:40 PM

*yawn* soccer is boring and it wont get 1 second of my attention.

Posted by Jack June 9, 10 12:42 PM

SSSOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these pics are amazing and really capture the spirit of the season :P Thanks!!!

Posted by MarieEstelle June 9, 10 12:42 PM

I am already excited about the Soccer Wold Cup. I hope Germany will play a great tournament.
Great pics by the way, thank you for sharing.

Posted by Tom June 9, 10 12:43 PM

27 is quite cool.

Posted by masi June 9, 10 12:45 PM

" :*yawn* soccer is boring and it wont get 1 second of my attention."

Made me laugh since soccer got several seconds of his attention.

Can't wait for the games....

Posted by Richard June 9, 10 12:49 PM

I am so incredibly proud!!!!
Well done my country for everything you have done when everybody thought you can't (and doing it in STYLE!!!)!!
I am a Saffa till I die!!!

Posted by Christine June 9, 10 12:51 PM

#19... did he just punch a hole through that guy's head? Cool pics.

Posted by Chris June 9, 10 12:53 PM

I don't follow soccer but I'm still excited! Great photos as always!

Posted by Tomara Miller June 9, 10 12:55 PM

Fútbol or football !!!!!
Amazing pics!

Posted by Carlos June 9, 10 12:56 PM

I just cannot wait for this to start...

Posted by Shashikiran Srinivasa June 9, 10 12:57 PM

Great pics as always. I'm always amazed at the passion that is evoked in people by this sport.

#17 - you gotta be kidding me - mowing all that with a walk behind mower? Wow.

Posted by Robyn from Canada June 9, 10 12:58 PM

If you could just call it "Football" instead of "soccer".... I'll be happy.

Posted by Renaud June 9, 10 12:58 PM

Awesome - Let the Games Begin :-)

Posted by Cranky Goat June 9, 10 01:00 PM


Posted by CriSS June 9, 10 01:01 PM


Posted by Eugene June 9, 10 01:01 PM

guauuuuu arriba el mundial de futbol, adelante!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by henny June 9, 10 01:03 PM

Excellent pics !!

(ps : France will win ;) )

Posted by A French BP reader June 9, 10 01:03 PM

@ Jack - how ironic you took the time to view this post and comment in it too!!

I love South Africa!!!

Posted by w June 9, 10 01:03 PM

Holland will win it!

Posted by Gafitescu Daniel June 9, 10 01:04 PM

Vai Italia!!!

Posted by Dario June 9, 10 01:05 PM

To "Jack"...I doubt you typed your response in less than a second so you've proved yourself wrong.

Here's to the World Cup and "the beautiful game"!

Posted by Michael June 9, 10 01:06 PM

Personally, I'm fed up of hearing about the World Cup alread, and it hasn't even begun yet...

Posted by Lisa June 9, 10 01:07 PM

Beautiful photos! thanks for sharing.
from an excited South African!

Posted by swaeltjie June 9, 10 01:07 PM

So pumped -- let's go USA!

Posted by Colin June 9, 10 01:11 PM

Fútbol or football, Fußball or whatever you would like to call it.
It is and will always be a great game!

Posted by Tom June 9, 10 01:15 PM

# 27 blew my mind.

I am just counting the hours for the World Cup to begin. I am also looking forward for another amazing delivery from The Big Picture on the greatest sporting event of the world.

Posted by Jorge June 9, 10 01:18 PM


You just did...

Posted by joe June 9, 10 01:18 PM

Is it just me or is the school in picture # 7, an all white school?

I hope it´s just me.

Great pics and I can´t wait for the matches to begin!! GOOO MEXICO!!!

Posted by Xcess June 9, 10 01:21 PM

What beautiful pics !!! Thank's a lot

Posted by Marie Sophie Bock Digne June 9, 10 01:21 PM

I was in that crowd in Sandton today and it was great! I can't imagine a more jolly crowd, and by the sounds of it small street parties were spontaneously happening all over the country. I don't want to be anywhere else in the world. Join us. This is going to be fun!

Posted by Henry June 9, 10 01:24 PM

"*yawn* soccer is boring and it wont get 1 second of my attention."

Let me guess......American? :D

Posted by Razril June 9, 10 01:25 PM

Brilliant Pix! The vibe in Cape Town was electric today!

Posted by AstroDate June 9, 10 01:41 PM

These pictures are incredible. I'm starting to get super pumped for the games to start. I went out today and bought 5 football shirts!

Posted by Migrationology June 9, 10 01:42 PM

@Jack. Your comment = Fail. Think about it for a second.
Wonderful images! Cant wait! GO ENGLAND!

Posted by connor June 9, 10 01:49 PM

Xcess it is JUST YOU!!! Look at picture two! Everybody, no matter who or what came out to support one team!

Posted by Christine June 9, 10 01:49 PM

Nicely done, Alan!

Posted by Charles Apple June 9, 10 01:58 PM

Christine I´m glad there's diversity and union in supporting, I'm just pointing out the difference I see between pictures 7 and 8. Anyhow I cheer the diversity shown in the rest of the collection.

I'm just sorry because the bafanas will loose their first game against Mexico!!

:D very happy for the world cup!

Posted by Xcess June 9, 10 02:06 PM

Lovely pictures worthy of the greatest sporting event in the world. And I am sure that South Africa will be a worthy backdrop for the beautiful game. Two days to go...plan to watch every game !

Posted by Peter June 9, 10 02:11 PM


I am excited.

Posted by Melanie June 9, 10 02:15 PM

Hajra Magyarok !

Posted by Foci Szurkolo June 9, 10 02:19 PM

Beautiful pictures! So excited, looking forward to Friday!

Posted by Stephane June 9, 10 02:28 PM

Hup Holland!

Very nice pictures!

Posted by Tom June 9, 10 02:33 PM

Vamos Chile Mierda!!!!

Posted by ropob June 9, 10 02:35 PM

Amazing photos. I had such a lovely time in Cape Town. Johannesburg, not so much.

Posted by June 9, 10 02:39 PM

I can't wait for the games to start!! I hope you'll do a follow up to this with sports shots of the actual games and continuing festivities. These are fabulous!

Posted by JLJ June 9, 10 02:41 PM

Awesome pictures, tnx for sharing.

Posted by Alfonso June 9, 10 02:45 PM

Futbol - when players actually PLAY a full 90 minutes
Football - when players actually PLAY for 6 to 7 minutes over a course of 3 hours
(btw, I'm American and Futbol rules in our house!)

Posted by FutbolFan June 9, 10 02:46 PM

Awesome pics...

Posted by Srijith June 9, 10 02:46 PM

Shots No. 8 and 27 are great.

Posted by FreakinLoon June 9, 10 02:54 PM

all fired up!
hope i'd get to watch the opening.

Posted by mrwhitepatch June 9, 10 02:56 PM

Please please ban those vuvuzela so annoying...

Posted by Stephen June 9, 10 02:56 PM

Las fotos están fantásticas. Vamos Chile!

Posted by Alvaro June 9, 10 03:09 PM

Our, Slovenian team on photo 14. Awesome!

Posted by Anze Osterman June 9, 10 03:12 PM

Please don't call Jack American, that is so wrong, America is a continent with 36 country's and United States is one of those country's and more important United States is not America although they call them self American's ans so is everybody else, so some how all this stupidity should stop.
I was born in central America but now I am a Unites States citizen so we all need some education on this matter y que viva el futbol.

Posted by Pedro D June 9, 10 03:19 PM

Fantastic shots guys. I can not wait for this.

Posted by MisoSoup June 9, 10 03:22 PM


Posted by Anonymous June 9, 10 03:26 PM

Bafana! Bafana! Can you feel it?!?! It is here!!!

Posted by Andro Engelbrecht June 9, 10 03:26 PM

Ban the Vuvuzela?!?!??! Are u out of your mind?!?!?!

Posted by hat0r June 9, 10 03:30 PM

For the next month we will all be united by the Beatiful Game - SO proud to be South African right now. Awesome pics, thank you!

Posted by Jo June 9, 10 03:31 PM

#14 is the New Zealand team, not Slovenia.
Please give us more over the next month, like you did with the Vancouver Olympics.

Posted by phil h June 9, 10 03:34 PM

Vuvuzelas are a part of South Africa's culture. They deserve to be there. We got to see hotdogs at the 94 world cup.

Posted by Kevin June 9, 10 03:35 PM

Deutschland wird Weltmeister!

i'm so excited, 4 years are a long time to wait......

Posted by schnix June 9, 10 03:35 PM

La 7 escuela con alumnos blancos...
La 8 niños negros jugando en la calle...
Tampoco han cambiado tanto las cosas...

7# only white boys in the school... ???? nice country, no?

Posted by Toni June 9, 10 03:37 PM

Thinking about skipping school just to watch the first match! :P Cant wait for the World Cup to get started! :)

Posted by Tommy June 9, 10 03:38 PM

Too bad most of the matches I want to watch are played when I'm at work. :(

Posted by Brett Brenneman June 9, 10 03:47 PM

better girls than soccer...

Posted by michael June 9, 10 03:49 PM

Xcess, that school is a jewish school.

Posted by johannesburg girl June 9, 10 03:52 PM

I fear the non-stop drone of the vuvuzela in the throngs will distract from the play on the pitch and ruin an otherwise wonderful tournament.

Posted by Mikey June 9, 10 03:57 PM

#27 might be one of the coolest pics i've seen ever.

Posted by emily June 9, 10 04:04 PM

Go Brazil, Go !!!!!!

BRAZIL HEXA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Luiz Micheloni June 9, 10 04:08 PM

Go USA or Brazil.

Jack - You're an Idiot.

Posted by Bostonian-Asian June 9, 10 04:08 PM

Great pictures! Keep them coming! VAMOS ARGENTINA CARAJO!!!!!

Posted by eli June 9, 10 04:30 PM

To Jack "The Bored" American: What about baseball games? where the only people who plays its the pitcher. Thats a reason why americans are the most obese people on earth. Americans cant really compete well in international team sports, only in america-created sports like baseball, baseball, american football. Boredom means isolation, like the lonely pitcher playing alone.

Posted by jav June 9, 10 04:34 PM

What beautiful pictures! GO USA!

Posted by The L Unit June 9, 10 04:38 PM

futbol soccer una maravilla de nuestros tiempos... VAMOS MEXICOOOO YA NOS TOCA GANAR UN MUNDIAL..... ya nada mas faltan dos dias... yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Posted by mario de Tijuana, Baja California Mexico June 9, 10 04:47 PM

Great Pictures!!!


Posted by Diego June 9, 10 04:50 PM

Mexico will WIN the Fisrt One!!!!

Viva Mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by abraham j June 9, 10 04:53 PM

Vamos Sahara Occidental!!!

Sahara World Champion!!!!

Posted by Bundi June 9, 10 04:55 PM

Cant't wait to see the USA beat the crap out of England!

Estados Unidos!

Posted by Garrett June 9, 10 05:02 PM

Go Germany!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Wen June 9, 10 05:04 PM


Posted by LUDMILLA June 9, 10 05:12 PM


Posted by Xcess June 9, 10 05:15 PM

Someday perhaps I will care...

but not today.

Posted by Little Rock Luke June 9, 10 05:17 PM

I'm a poor french!!! So perhaps i will see only one match!!! (they're very bad)
Don't like very much football but love world cup!!!
It's the first one for my 6 years old footballer so he's very excited! Fortunatly he loves Brasil because they have "too much stars on their shirt!" so more than one match to see!!!
Great shots!!! Sport is better than war even it's football!!!

Posted by Claire June 9, 10 05:26 PM

Beautiful pictures of The Beautiful Game!

Posted by mileslarboy June 9, 10 05:34 PM

Proud, proud, proud!

Viva Bafana Bafana, viva!

To all those who are currently visiting us in South Africa, or will be joining us in the near future, I wish you a safe and awesome experience! We are excited to have you with us!

PS, It's winter here right now, but in Durban, you can still swim in the ocean!

Posted by munkychunks June 9, 10 05:39 PM

I forget it's for Jack @2. American football is only present in the north of america but FOOTBALL is present all around the world!!!
Allez la France!!!

Posted by Claire June 9, 10 05:51 PM


#14 is Slovenian team..!!
NZS = Nogometna Zveza Slovenije (Football Association Slovenian)

Posted by Tadej June 9, 10 06:05 PM

to #20, and why do you think Holland will win it all ;-)

Nicve pictures, happy to see them and hopefully it will all go fair and square. Winter soon starts in South Africa little chance of snowfall though. No I am not giving the weather forecast, ha!

Posted by Leslie June 9, 10 06:09 PM

Sublime collection of great images from all over South Africa that really sum up our preparations for this fantastic sporting event.

Posted by Bronson June 9, 10 06:40 PM

Go Brasilllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by nadia carol June 9, 10 06:48 PM

#27 is amazing !!! stunning!!!

Posted by aniu June 9, 10 06:54 PM

What does a dutchman do, after Holland has won the world cup??


He turns off his play station and goes to bed.

Posted by Jimmy June 9, 10 07:09 PM

I wish I had taken some of those photos. Thanks! Keep them coming

Posted by Marta June 9, 10 07:20 PM

I was looking at the kits in #7 and realized all of the children (I think) are white, as well as those in the audience.

Then I scrolled to #8.

The legacy of apartheid is survives. Let us hope that even a sporting event like the World Cup can bring greater and lasting change to South Africa and union between the peoples who inhabit it.

Can't wait for the games. Go Germany!

Posted by Tim June 9, 10 08:04 PM

to #2 - too late Jack, already spent time on it !!

Posted by Rom June 9, 10 08:05 PM

Great Shoots

Posted by SADEEM June 9, 10 08:14 PM

I can't wait! This just makes me SO much more excited! I love world competitions

Posted by Linda June 9, 10 08:16 PM

I'd like everyone who moans about the world cup and make a point to tell everyone how much they hate football to stay indoors for the whole tournament, please. That way, you don't have to come into contact in any way with the most popular sport on the planet, and I don't have to hear you whining.

Posted by Mike June 9, 10 08:22 PM

Truly the Greatest Game on Earth!!

Superb pix yet again.....

Posted by ben June 9, 10 08:34 PM

There is no doubt. Football is the most beautiful sport in the world! I hope Netherlands wins the WC2010! Let's see what happens! Great pics by the way! Hey, and don't waste your time with people who don't understand this game, because they don't know how to play it anyway.

Posted by Diegotool June 9, 10 08:41 PM

Amazing and inspiring pictures! Go Brazil!!

Posted by carol June 9, 10 08:50 PM

south africa, so proud of you ! hope all goes well as you've so well planned. you're a great host! and I count on you being gracious when the Lions of Cameroon roar and win !

greetings from Florida, USA,

Posted by Joan McKniff June 9, 10 08:55 PM

The most popular sport in the world, despite some of its fans.

Let the football world cup begin!

(amazing pictures!)

Posted by Antonio June 9, 10 09:09 PM

#27 so cool!

Posted by Anonymous June 9, 10 09:10 PM


CAMPÉON DEL MUNDO 1924, 1928, 1930 y 1950.

Posted by William June 9, 10 09:49 PM

Awesome photos! I love the excitement!

Posted by Hanna June 9, 10 09:54 PM


Posted by jia ding Wang June 9, 10 09:56 PM

Go, Brazil!!!!

Posted by Jackie Hess June 9, 10 10:10 PM

Amazing pictures !!

Now go take some of the dutch squad aswell ! With their beautiful orange shirts ..... ^_^

Posted by Rene June 9, 10 10:25 PM

@96: those are not racial divides but social class divides (ie. rich vs poor) which is, yes, mostly a legacy of apartheid. There are more than likely non-white kids in that school; you're just seeing one photograph. But have no doubt that the many different races and cultures of our country are being united by this historic event. It happened with the Rugby World Cup in 1995 when we successfully hosted the competition (and won), and it's happening again now. Nation-building is an important outcome of this event for our country and its diverse people.

Posted by coda June 9, 10 10:25 PM

Just 1 word. MESSI.

Posted by diego+11 June 9, 10 10:43 PM

very nice indeed. Go brazil and U.S

Posted by king June 9, 10 11:36 PM

mexico vamos a ganaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarr

Posted by lissandro June 9, 10 11:44 PM

so sorry for Sudafrica team , , ,its gonna lost the first game, cant wait any more time , , let the game , ,beggins!!!! , , ,by the way, ,awsome pics , , lik always

Posted by ventura June 9, 10 11:49 PM

Mexico will defeat SA on the first match! Vamos MEXICO !!!!!

Posted by Edgar Jandette June 10, 10 12:01 AM

Vai Brasil

Posted by Lauro June 10, 10 12:09 AM

Let's Gooooal!

Posted by Benjamin Sunding June 10, 10 12:19 AM

wow .!

Posted by shin jea doo June 10, 10 12:26 AM


Posted by thehun June 10, 10 01:20 AM

I see Slovenia really got a great group for publicity :) Since we play USA were all over the web.

I hope its a great World Cup!

Lets go all teams, and let the best win!

Posted by Tim June 10, 10 01:35 AM

Wow! Great photos.
May the best team win.
We salute you South Africa.

Posted by @swahiliAt5th June 10, 10 01:40 AM

If you're still not feeling it... then there' no hope for you!!!
It is HERE.. I am proud to see South Africans unite for this historical event

Posted by Nchabeng Phoku June 10, 10 01:51 AM

Slovakia Go Go Go !!! :-)

Posted by Deanmo June 10, 10 02:01 AM

This is gonna be amazing. I cant believe it. South Africa has prepared well. Well done! We just have to continue the support for Bafana and the rest is up to them

Posted by Andre P June 10, 10 02:09 AM

@ 96... Halfwit!! It is a Jewish school. The only black jews left are in Ethiopia... Supporting Germany you should know that. Get over yourself and appreciate what a wonderful country South Africa is with all our cultures, colours and creeds. Viva peace, tolerance and all the things (like sport) that make us realise that worldwide we have more in common to celebrate than to fight about !!!

Posted by matan June 10, 10 02:33 AM

My heart swells with pride to be South African. Ke Nako... I'm going to the opening ceremony and first match on Friday.....yeah baby.....

Posted by Victor June 10, 10 02:45 AM


Yes, let the games begin.

Posted by Khatchin Langel June 10, 10 02:51 AM


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Posted by Matej June 10, 10 02:56 AM

The pics are AWESOME in its AWESOMENESS.
Everybody who is here (SA) during the Cup will know that we have the Spirit and keeping it friendly.
Viva Bafana Bafana Viva!!!

Posted by Angus June 10, 10 03:02 AM

Amazing shots, really excited for the games to start! This has really united our beautiful country and I am so proud to be a South African!

Posted by Jessica June 10, 10 03:07 AM

These pictures are amazing. I am soooo proudly South African today and always.

Posted by Lee-Ann Mayimele June 10, 10 03:07 AM

I cant wait!!!!!

Posted by Azzurri June 10, 10 03:09 AM

je veux un vuvuzela !

Posted by Alizé June 10, 10 03:14 AM

Tim @96. The school in the photo is King David in Victory Park . It is a primary school for the Jewish community who wish to celebrate their culture and pass it onto their children. It is encouraged in South Africa the same way that tolerance for cultural differences is now in your Germany .Just like your home we have our hurdles and will continue to work on them. We welcome the world. And I hope your German team enjoys the stay.

Posted by Uri June 10, 10 03:26 AM

if u ain't feeling it yet, something's seriously wrong with u....

ZUID AFRIKA..................................

Posted by Mahlatse June 10, 10 03:30 AM

To Xcess's comment posted June 9, 2010 01:21 PM (post no 29)
The reason the school is "all white" is because it is a Jewish Day school and has nothing to do with race.

The energy in South Africa is amazing at the moment and can't wait for the kickoff tomorrow! Viva South Africa

Posted by Proudly South African June 10, 10 03:30 AM


Posted by Laurens June 10, 10 03:38 AM

So proud to be a South African. A beautiful country, full of beautiful people hosting a beautiful game and showing the world that while Africa has a way to go, we can play ball with the rest of the world.

Posted by Lulubelle June 10, 10 03:41 AM

Such beautiful pics!!!

At least after the world cup the whole world will see that we don't have Lion's and Hyena's in our back yards.

And we all live in houses.... some in Mansions.... others in apartments - not shacks in the bush.

And all of us speak ENGLISH!

And we all drive nice cars: Toyota's... BMW's.... Mercs... and yep Ferrari's

Welcome to South Africa world - You're gonna love it here!!

Posted by SA Fanatic June 10, 10 03:53 AM

Boston Globe, as a South African I want to thank you for Showing your people these Pictures! Makes me Proud to call myself a South Africa! Well done!

FYI there is no such thing as all white schools or all white anything here, everyone has equal rights, everyone Just doesn't have the same cash flow. The Pic above was taken @ King David, this is a Jewish School and that is probably why there are no Black people.

Posted by Michael Kirk June 10, 10 03:55 AM

As Salaamu Alaikum, Peace be Upon U, Shalom, Om Shanti, Vrede, Ukuthula,

May PEACE Prevail in South Africa
With Love, Care, Compassion and most of all INTEGRITY

Posted by Saydoon June 10, 10 04:01 AM

Tim And Xcess.. Maybe you should get yout head out of the racial sespool and spend more time with open eyes. Why does everything have to come down to RACE. You should be ashamed for even thinking that way...............

Posted by Wolfbane June 10, 10 04:08 AM

Dear Visitors,

Welcome to the real world of South Africa. It's not a jungle and is far from the adverse publicity given by some of the international media. We have a beautiful country. Come and experience it (even to those who have emigrated for "brighter and safer" countries.

Devan Pillay

Posted by Devan Pillay June 10, 10 04:09 AM

amazing pictures. I can't waiting to the kickoff : )

Posted by Mario June 10, 10 04:11 AM

With regard to picture # 7. The school is Jewish and I do not know of any Blacks in SA who are Jewish.

Posted by Heather June 10, 10 04:12 AM

I am a South African and joined in the parade yesterday....I was an AWESOME MOMENT that cannot be replicated...True FANS and not followers...The VUVUZELAS will is part of South African soccer culture and will become part of many more soccer cultures around the world after this tournament. If you can't take the sound, get ear plugs BUT DON'T DISS THE VUVUZELA.
The foreign visitors are already mesmerised by South Africa and the Mexico soccer squad will be mesmerised by BAFANA BAFANA on Friday...

Posted by Colin June 10, 10 04:18 AM

King David is a Jewish school, there are very few black Jews in SA. It is also a boys school so you might notice there are no girls there either

Posted by Debbie June 10, 10 04:19 AM


Posted by FAITH June 10, 10 04:20 AM

Simply............. Ayoba!!!!! it is here!!!!

Posted by phumla June 10, 10 04:21 AM

BG, where pics with final Cup of Stanley? A? It's better than f... soccer...

Posted by michael June 10, 10 04:22 AM

Brilliant Pics! Thanks for sharing!!!
An excellent showcase of South Africa!


Posted by Lynette Pullen June 10, 10 04:52 AM

where on Table Mountain Reserve is that?

Posted by jezebel June 10, 10 05:02 AM

Shapa Bafana Bafana Shapa!!!!!!!!

Love the pics, especially the ones taken in the townships...they bring memories. Yes, there are STILL schools where all the students are white / black...legacy of apartheid in some instances (e.g. language, culture), and a matter of choices available to the parents in others (e.g. location, finances).

Come tomorrow afternoon, we'll be having Mexico for lunch!!!!!

Can you feel it; it's here!!!!!

Posted by Qminati June 10, 10 05:07 AM

WoW!!!!! Awesome pics! Getting excited! :-)

Posted by Sowmya Narayana June 10, 10 05:08 AM

All I hear from some people is BLAH BLAH BLAH. Get into the spirit of the game guys. Even if you haven't watched a single game of football/soccer in your life this is the WORLD CUP. If we cant stand united behind this event then how are we ever going to stand united against the negative things of this world???

Wake up and smell the football fever!



Posted by BrattStar June 10, 10 05:11 AM

Go Bafana Bafana!!!!!!! South African and proud of it!!!!!!!!

Posted by Eff-Marie June 10, 10 05:13 AM

Amazing!!!! Go Bafana, Bafana

Posted by Bianca June 10, 10 05:15 AM

school in #7 is a Jewish school

Posted by Andrew June 10, 10 05:16 AM

this is incredible!!!!!!!! so excited!

Posted by kimberoo June 10, 10 05:19 AM

@Tim #96

As Coda (#112) says the social divides in SA are more obvious these days than the racial ones. That said, apartheids legacy will still be evident for many years to come - we're working on it though!

But, to clarify things with regards to the picture #7 - The shot was taken at King David School which is a Jewish school in Johannesburg. Skin colour is of no consequence in this case - religious belief and practice is.

Posted by Greg June 10, 10 05:20 AM

Amazing pictures. I am African - a VERY proud white South African. Soccer is not my game BUT for this one in a lifetime experience I am the biggest soccer fan. You go Bafana Bafana. Once again one nation united!

Posted by Esther Swart June 10, 10 05:21 AM

About photo #7 - it's a Jewish school, so perhaps not surprising that they are "white kids", since relatively speaking there are few "black Jews" in the world, and proportionatelu fewer in SA
Nay, said the Nay-Sayers, but they could no longer be heard as they were drowned out by the Ella Ella Ella Vuvuzelas :)

Posted by tiny June 10, 10 05:32 AM

To all those commenting on the lack of ethinc diversity in picture 7 please note that King David Victory Park is a Jewish faith school in Johannesburg so yes, most of the pupils will no doubt be white because Jews in South Africa are often of Russian or Lithuanian descent. Africans in South Africa are usually Christian or they follow a traditional African religion

Posted by Terri June 10, 10 05:35 AM

Go Canada !!! no wait are they even qualified... :)))

Posted by Louise June 10, 10 05:37 AM

@ Xcess ...The school in picture #7 was taken in King David Victory Park. As far as I know it is a Jewsish school...its not all about race.

Posted by Anon June 10, 10 05:38 AM

SO Cool to see these pics taken in my neighbourhood, my city, my hometown and my beautiful country! Viva Mzanzi - It's heeeeeere!

Posted by Elma June 10, 10 05:39 AM

Wow, thank you for this. It's incredible. This has made me so much more excited.

If you are visiting, welcome and enjoy your stay

Posted by Nicolas June 10, 10 05:45 AM

OMG - we are looking at awesome picures of an international event hosted by a country that was said could not do it (And we proved them wrong) and getting comments on racial devide and apartheid. Get with the program people. King David is a Jewish Shool - how many non-white people do you know that is Jewish? It has nothing to do with apartheid. Adopt the Jewish religion and go to the school. Otherwise look at the pictures and enjoy and refrain from making nonsensical comments. I do not particularly enjoy soccer - however will enjoy the world cup and hype around it and love the great photograhy. See the bigger picture.....

Posted by 007 June 10, 10 05:45 AM

South Africa has a long way to go and there are lots of government school which need to be improved upon and more money certainly needs to be invested into education. We are working on it but it will take decades to make a change. There is poverty in all countries, there is crime in all countries. We are struggling with the same issues they all do. Stop looking for the negative and notice what South Africa does have. This World Cup (as most sporting events seem to do) is uniting ALL South Africans (irrespective of social standing, income or colour). I'm not a soccer fan but I am a proud South African and yesterday at 12 noon every single person stopped what they were doing, went outside with flags, vuvuzelas, etc and supported our team by blowing on vuvuzelas, blowing car horns etc. It was awesome. Cape Town erupted in joyous celebration!!!! A word of advice - if you think the vuvuzelas are noisy - buy a set of earplugs!

Posted by Lisa June 10, 10 05:48 AM

Football is undoubtedly the most popular game in the world. And FIFA World Cup is the biggest sport event in the world. Yet there're many Americans who think that football (the one with a round ball) is boring.
I wonder why....

Posted by Mamat from Malaysia June 10, 10 05:49 AM


Posted by Maria June 10, 10 05:49 AM

Awesome!!!! It's Here!

Posted by Sjura June 10, 10 05:50 AM

you go south africa,,the feelings awesome....THIS IS HISTORY.WE ALL STANDING UNITED TOGETHER.GO SA.GO SA.

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 05:51 AM

wonderful pictures capturing the whole atmosphere of this very special occasion. xx

Posted by jacqui McGuicken June 10, 10 05:52 AM


Posted by chicken June 10, 10 05:57 AM

Very nice pictures! Thanks

Go France, Go Ghana, Go Ivory Coast, Go Algeria, Go Ivory Coast, Go Nigeria, Go South Africa. Good luck to all teams. We'll have a nice WC 2010. !!!

Let game begins!
Allez les bleus! From Paris

Posted by Serigne June 10, 10 06:04 AM

@ 96.... You are such a CHOP!!! If you had bother to do a bit of research you would know that King David school (Pic 7) is a Jewish school!!!

Dont try get all Julius Delema on us!!!

Posted by I Sigerson June 10, 10 06:06 AM

german team will win

Posted by Petrus June 10, 10 06:07 AM

One month, 64 games, 32 teams, most of the best players in the world.
Hope this world cup will be amazing and not boring like Italia (1990), Japan/Corea (2002) or in the US (1994). And I'm sure it will be!
Bring it on!

Great pictures by the way. I imagine we will get some others during the competition.

Posted by -Twist- June 10, 10 06:09 AM

South Africa has a lot of potential to win this world cup,because of the spirit and the support that we all have for the Bafana Bafana,Hallala Bafana Bafana.Make us proud!!!

Posted by Ruth Madi June 10, 10 06:10 AM

Go Portugal!

Posted by José June 10, 10 06:11 AM


Posted by Pauline. June 10, 10 06:11 AM

Lekker lekker SUID AFRIKA!

Posted by Lizelle Lotter June 10, 10 06:12 AM

Hi all

For your info. The School in #7 is a Jewish religious school...hence all the whites, Dont judge till you know the facts!

Bring on the world cup! Viva Bafana Bafana Viva!!!



Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 06:13 AM

Beginning exciting times..wonderful fairplay..

Posted by hakan akkaya June 10, 10 06:18 AM

To the person who spoke about it being an all white school...get over yourself and stop looking for absolute rubbish!

wow wow great pics - from a very proud capetonian! :D

Posted by Claire Goodier June 10, 10 06:25 AM

Thank you to the Boston Globe for capturing this great event so beautifully - as the game itself, you have really made my day!

Posted by play_games_not_war June 10, 10 06:30 AM

I am so proud!!!

Good Bafana:)

Posted by Proud South African June 10, 10 06:32 AM

That school @7 is only representing one school. Our country has become so diverse ever since apartheid you can see it in schools, colleges, work, everywhere. We are all South Africans, no matter the colour of your skin.

Im proud to be a South African, and I hope our guests will experience the country I love in the best manner poosible :D


Posted by Db June 10, 10 06:33 AM

The vibe in Sandton was awesome yesterday and I feel proud to be truly South African. I find the point raised about race disparities in South Africa really annoying as the World Cup is meant to be about uniting people across the world from all races and nations through soccer.I would like to point out however that the 'white school' in picture 8 is a Jewish school.Logic tells us therefore that the children would therefore be predominently white.So please before you judge the race issues in SA you need to know the facts.
Anyhow that aside I am proud to be South African and proud of our hosting this awesome event

Posted by S June 10, 10 06:35 AM

A bit of info to Xcess. Comment 27 about pic #7. King David is a Jewish school. In S.A. the majority of Jews are 'white'. The 'black' Jews of Africa are in Ethiopia. Not SA. Don't make a racial thing of this, PLEASE.

Posted by Just me June 10, 10 06:44 AM

Awesome photos! Should be a great month of soccer and culture. Go South Africa :)

Posted by Dylan June 10, 10 06:46 AM

Go Holland!!

Posted by albert June 10, 10 06:48 AM


Posted by Samantha June 10, 10 06:48 AM

@ #7, King David= a Jewish school.

It's going to be a fun month. Welcome all to SA.

C'mon Bafana.

Posted by Clarification AGAIN June 10, 10 06:52 AM

Awesum scenes..
Let the games begin

Posted by Harry June 10, 10 06:53 AM

What a wonderfull day for South Africa...we are a rainbow nation and let's always remember that

Posted by Mareli de Kock June 10, 10 07:04 AM

The Reality is uppon us as South African's .... We are proud........ Welcome "WORLD" Enjoy your stay and enjoy what we have to offer. bafana you go boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ronnie June 10, 10 07:05 AM

WOW this morning in JHB traffic I saw for mini buses of Slovenians parked on the side of the road waving their flags and taking pics, everyone in traffic started hooting, it was awesome!!!! the atmosphere is electric, vuvuzelas blast in the distance. Tomorrow is the 1st game between Bafana and Mexico this country will be in a euphoric frenzy. I SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT

Posted by ProudSouthAfrican! June 10, 10 07:07 AM

Go South Africa

Posted by Mashaan June 10, 10 07:07 AM

I feel so proudly South African right now.

Posted by MS June 10, 10 07:08 AM

Soak up every moment for the next month. Memories you will never forget.

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 07:09 AM

Beautiful Pics.
Go Bafana!

Posted by bobby June 10, 10 07:16 AM

thank you for the beutiful pics of our beautiful country. Your photographic eye rocks!!!. SOUTH AFRICA IS WHERE ITS AT. GO BAFANA BAFANA

Posted by mnazania June 10, 10 07:19 AM

Trots Suid-Afrikaans Proud to be a South-African!!Thanx for the great pics and I LOVE the first one!! Hope the World will enjoy their stay in our wonderfull country and learn our culture VIVA BAFANA STERKTE VIR DIE SUID-AFRIKAANSE SPAN!!!

Posted by Always behind SA June 10, 10 07:20 AM

Ayoba Ayoba It is Great to be a South African!
Feel it its here!

Posted by Pierre June 10, 10 07:24 AM

Proudly South African. Loved the atmosphere yesterday totally incredible

1, 2, 3 Kick off here we go!

Posted by Thirusha June 10, 10 07:24 AM

To all the visitors who are here for the SWC......... Welcome to our beautiful country and I hope you have an incredible time and you WILL be talking about it for years :-). To those who can't make it - we'll miss you.

To the idiots who make statements about racism and apartheid - come to SA and see for yourself we are not all like that!

Enjoy SA - I promise that you will be back :-)

Posted by Colleen June 10, 10 07:30 AM

United we shall stand ..............................................
Go Bafana Bafana !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Hilda June 10, 10 07:31 AM

WOW...we hearing, smelling n seeing it.....It is indeed here......Aweeeeee!!!!!!!

Posted by Segametsi June 10, 10 07:33 AM

I am truly proud to be a South African! The photo's are amazing, but even more amazing is the joy its bringing to people, their hearts and minds are changing, like the rugby world cup did for us - the soccer world cup will do so much more, whether we win or lose.

Posted by Louine Berry June 10, 10 07:36 AM

PROUDLY South African!

Posted by Brett June 10, 10 07:44 AM

Philip, is here!!!

Posted by Edward June 10, 10 07:45 AM

Some of these pics are astonishing - and we are now hours away from kick-off, can hardly contain the excitement :):):) Come on England :-)

Posted by Phil June 10, 10 07:52 AM

Any mexicans who want a good SA connection.. drop me a mail!

Posted by SA dealer June 10, 10 07:53 AM

SA let's go.Mexico is nothing.They are underdogs.Lets show them.Alfred -Malawi

Posted by Alfred June 10, 10 07:58 AM

We are one, we are proud. 2010 is the year for Africa to be heard and seen. We will most definitely deliver the goods - a successful World Cup. Halalalaaaaaaaa!!!

Posted by Lunga June 10, 10 07:59 AM

Go Bafana bafan !
VIVa south Africa !
Sam Tshabalala

Posted by sam tshabalala June 10, 10 07:59 AM

I new it!....We in South Africa are strong at our weakest moments.
All the negative comments are gone.
We are united as one behind our team and the organizers.
Lets enjoy the next month.

God Bless Africa

Posted by Helge June 10, 10 08:00 AM

Go Bafana bafana !
VIVa south Africa !
Sam Tshabalala

Posted by sam tshabalala June 10, 10 08:00 AM

This is what we call national support!!!!! Its GUARANTEED AWESOMENESS ;) This should be part of history and example to others on how to support your country even when you don't know anything about soccer and even if they don't win. Ayoba South Africa Ayoba!!!!

Posted by Melinda June 10, 10 08:01 AM

@29 Força Portugal!!!

Posted by João June 10, 10 08:01 AM

Yeah I think enough of us have lambasted the ignorant Americans, who have never been to our country but seem to be able to write a novel on what a crap place it is.
Maybe they're just pissy at having another country steal the limelight for a month out of the year.

America =/= the world. I'd rather be literally anywhere else.

PS: USA '94 sucked.

Posted by Piston June 10, 10 08:01 AM

Well done Boston Globe on portraying the tangible excitement that the whole of South Africa, Black, Coloured, Indian and White population is feeling. This is the biggest and best thing to happen to us, we are proud of what we have achieved, and are behind Bafana Bafana all the way. What happened yesterday (9th June) is the tip of the iceberg compared to what this event will do for our fabulous country and it's wonderful people. Come and feel the vibe as well as our reknowned hospitality and see our beautiful country.
To @96 learn the facts before you criticise others and come see for yourself.
Viva Bafana Bafana and to all the wonderful South Africans keep it up. I have never felt more patriotic and proud.

Posted by Noel June 10, 10 08:01 AM

Feel it!!!, it is here

Posted by Vischell Padayachee June 10, 10 08:02 AM

marvelous photos........

Posted by Chandra June 10, 10 08:02 AM

@Tim - stop being so racially inclined. Why do you even notice that?

Posted by George June 10, 10 08:07 AM

MasSive.... Good luck South Africa... Watch out world South Africa is here... Hoza world cup....

Posted by Hugh E. Lubbee June 10, 10 08:09 AM


Posted by Naomi June 10, 10 08:10 AM

why are there no pics of the dutch national team there the best !!!!! HOLLAND!!!

Posted by Pattie June 10, 10 08:11 AM


Viva Bafana Bafana!


*Woot Woot!*

Posted by TigerMunky June 10, 10 08:12 AM

I've never been so proud of my country! The Ayobaness is contagious! Get over the racial this, that and the next thing and just FEEL IT COZ ITS HERE!!!!

Posted by Katie June 10, 10 08:16 AM

Forca Portugal!

Posted by Anabela June 10, 10 08:18 AM

KE NAKO !!!!! ITS HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by DOMINIQUE June 10, 10 08:18 AM

GO AFRICA GO! South Africa you are winners regardless....well done and and thank you for making AFRICA proud! We can do it over and over again and who knows we can even win the big CUP! God Bless Africa! God Bless SOUTH AFRICA!

Posted by DO Nairobi, Kenya June 10, 10 08:19 AM

The Vuvuzela has only recently been adopted by local Soccer supporters. Traditional support was wonderful rhythm and singing, not the hideous hideous noise of the Vuvuzela, which sounds like a goat being lesd to slaughter.

Posted by Peter June 10, 10 08:21 AM

Vamos Portugal !
...já por aqui andamos há mais de 500 anos, a taça é nossa !
Grande parte dos paises que disputam estes jogos nem sequer existiam !
Viva Portugal, vivam todas as nações do mundo !

Posted by Bartolomeu Dias June 10, 10 08:23 AM

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The World Cup will remain on African soil.
Thatazonke Bafana!

Posted by Basil Makhata June 10, 10 08:24 AM

If the standard of the football is up to the standard of the photography then we are in for a real treat.

Posted by Michael Fisher June 10, 10 08:24 AM

the human spirit will truimph, the world has come home.

Posted by Mbongeni June 10, 10 08:25 AM

It will definately be a great WC. Many can learn and benefit from this event. Particually Africa, the whole continent. Africa has a great football potential, and great future. I hope Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Cameroon, and Algeria makes it to the second round.

Posted by Nima Dorje June 10, 10 08:30 AM

Hierdie Wereld Beker gaan befok wees!

Posted by Oom Piet June 10, 10 08:31 AM

God bless this beautiful SA and his visitors from allover.

Posted by gerry June 10, 10 08:31 AM

Why are the Caucasian kids titled "primary school" whereas the black kids are titled "local" despite both groups being from S. Africa? This seems blatantly inappropriate.

Posted by Peter W. June 10, 10 08:36 AM

The biggest sport in the world is mentioned with the wrong name in the US.

There is no soccer. The correct name é football.

I suggest you to change the name of your strange football, played only in USA. With the hands !!! Why don't you call it handball? Or Helmet-ball?

Regards from BRAZIL !!!

Posted by Rodrigo Siqueira Souza June 10, 10 08:36 AM

Go South Africa make us proud.
I’ll be there tomorrow at the opening match, the atmosphere is electric here. If you not in SA believe me you missing out BIG TIME!!!

Posted by Simon Jones June 10, 10 08:41 AM

These are FANTASTIC photos that capture the spirit of what is happening in South Africa at the moment. I am so proud to be part of it all... and I don't even LIKE football!!

Welcome to our shores, all visitors. Hope you have a wonderful, happy and safe stay!

Posted by Annie June 10, 10 08:43 AM

Welcome World to our beautiful country - South Africa!
We are so proud to be hosting the most beautiful game in the world for the 1st time on African soil. Now let the games begin ...

Posted by Ricardo Teixeira June 10, 10 08:46 AM

Hierdie Wereld Beker gaan befok wees!

Posted by Oom Piet June 10, 10 08:48 AM

"It's time for Africa". The energy in SA is electrifying and uplifting. We are counting the minutes to the opening event. Waka waka eh eh.

Posted by Loren Anthony June 10, 10 08:49 AM

To all our visitors!!! Welcome and enjoy!!! May you take very special memories home!

Posted by June 10, 10 08:49 AM

WOW, WOW its amazing....

Posted by Tebogo Hlatshwayo June 10, 10 08:51 AM

Viva Bafana Bafana Viva....Let the games begin. South Africa has outdone itself. BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY!!!

I'm for BRAZIL tho

Beautiful pictures by the way.

Posted by Jenz June 10, 10 08:53 AM

I was in Sandton yesterday to support our team. What a vibe ... what a truely incredible experience. To my fellow South Africans ... let us keep this feeling of unity and comradship going long past July 12th. We are one nation supporting our one team. Go Bafana Bafana

Posted by Norma June 10, 10 08:56 AM


Posted by TOHEEB June 10, 10 08:57 AM

@ Posted by Tim June 9, 10 08:04 PM - You are an idiot!

Posted by Jacques June 10, 10 08:58 AM


Posted by Roberta Fonseca June 10, 10 08:58 AM

This event is huge and well done to SA for the planning and the effort that was invested.

Posted by Thobeka June 10, 10 08:58 AM

South Africa will keep it for the Continent

Posted by QueenE June 10, 10 08:59 AM



Posted by Leandro C Elias June 10, 10 09:00 AM

Proudly South African! Kenako!
We are ready!!!

Posted by Andrea June 10, 10 09:04 AM

We can hear the Vuvuzela's all the way here in Namibia, we are proud of you RSA....Afrika United!!!!

Posted by Lazz June 10, 10 09:04 AM

Go South Africa!!!!! Awesome photos

Posted by RomonaMc June 10, 10 09:08 AM

Go Bafana Bafana!

Your country is behind you 100% :-)

Posted by ZHM June 10, 10 09:10 AM

Lee Grobler

thank you for your help
do your thing as an IT support person.

Posted by Fanie Scholtz June 10, 10 09:10 AM

Awesome Photos!! Thanks!

From Joburg, South Africa, Africa with Love! For those of you lucky enough to visit our shores during the biggest football party eva!

WELCOME!! Ke Nako!!

Greetings and Love from a super Proud South African!!!

49 Million South Africans vs 11 Mexicans!! We going to make chakalaka out of the Mexicans :)

Go Bafana! Go!!

Posted by Moosa June 10, 10 09:11 AM

C'MON GREECE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 09:19 AM

This is amazing! I am proud to be ama South African! :)

Posted by Anthea Coltman June 10, 10 09:23 AM

Hmmm, anyone else wanna comment about pic #7 being 'racist' because only 'white' kids are depicted :D (may as well call it sexist as well, since it's an all-boys school). I would've thought that the mere fact that the school is named "King David' would've given away that it's a Jewish school.

It still amazes me that everyone harps on the so-called racism in South Africa... all because of a little word called 'Apartheid'. There is racism and persecution all over the world - in the past and present, an no doubt into the future as well. The USA had KKK in the south, Germany had persecution of Jews as well as war between east and west, Korea divided between north and south, etc.
South Africa is still a very young democracy... anyone in SA yesterday @ noon would've see the MASSIVE inroads we have made in the last 16 years.


Posted by Mike June 10, 10 09:24 AM

I'm feeling it?

Mzanzi for sho'

Posted by Mangi June 10, 10 09:25 AM

Beautiful photography showcasing the Beautiful Game, in a spectacular country. Saturday prediction - England 3, US 2 with England coming from 1 - nil down. GO ENGLAND!!!!!!!

Posted by emarel June 10, 10 09:26 AM

Proudly South African!

Posted by Crystal June 10, 10 09:30 AM

Well done SOuth Africa - I am Australian living here in Johannesburg and I feel proud for all of you. Viva South Africa. Lynne

Posted by Lynne June 10, 10 09:31 AM

Welcome to South Africa
hope all those who thought we have lions roaming around the streets eat your mouths off....
Viva South Africa
with love from Soweto
Linda K

Posted by Linda Khanyi June 10, 10 09:31 AM

Amazingly beautiful photographs - sitting in South Africa and wondering how other South Africans across the seas are feeling - not being part of this wonderful occasion ?

Being in Johannesburg yesterday was like having the Rugby World re-played all over again. United by Sport.

Posted by Jennifer June 10, 10 09:31 AM

To all the photographers - the most stunning photographs of our amazing, beautiful, excited country and nation! - Thank You! The spirit here is so awesome and we are so very proud. Keep capturing and focusing on the 'positive' of our RAINBOW NATION! There is good and bad in every country in the world, so lets not feed the negative, it only gives it power. May the best team win!!

Posted by Nichola June 10, 10 09:33 AM

GO BAFANA BAFANA. Hi Youll, if anyone here wants a tour of Soweto for free (all the hot spots and sites) gimme a shout, I've lived there my entire life.

Posted by Thibza June 10, 10 09:39 AM

Awesome pics! Looking so forward to being part of history. Going to the first game tomorrow evening in Cape Town and thereafter five more matches to attend. We are really privileged as a country. What a great honour !!! Love you South Africa !!!

Posted by Sonya Collison June 10, 10 09:43 AM

I would hate to live anywhere else - Mzansi rocks

Posted by Jenny June 10, 10 09:48 AM

ayobanes ! kuzofiwa ! abafana laba! niya basaba na - hayi asibasabi siyabafuna!

NAZO!!! CHISA!!!!!!!

Posted by LINDA June 10, 10 09:48 AM

WOW! I am left in complete awe after seeing the pictures. These pictures are so amazing.

A fanastic welcome to all the visitors visiting South Africa and we hope you stay will be memorable one and more.

Posted by Venus Green June 10, 10 09:48 AM

1 2 3 Viva L'Algerie!!!

Posted by Algeria June 10, 10 09:49 AM

Awesome !!!!!!!!!!! what a spirit, it's inbelievable and it's here, we can feel!
Go Bafana....... Go !, you can do it! We are behind you all the way thru.

Proudly South African & what a great Nation we are.

Posted by Roslyn Doorasamy June 10, 10 09:52 AM

The vibe in South Africa is amazing. I was in the middle of Cape Town city and it is unbelievable, i have never seen so many yellow jerseys and South Aafrican flags. The spirit of sport is here.

Posted by Impie June 10, 10 09:53 AM

Amazing!!!!!Well done South Africa

Posted by Naslea June 10, 10 09:54 AM

Its time for soccer mania.... The usual life can take a backseat now!!

Cheers to all d fottball fans.....n all d best to all d participatin team.... n hope they all give us a fair and excitin dosage of football...

Posted by Jasdeep June 10, 10 09:56 AM

I love that the players train with yoga- (side arm plank)!

Posted by rosemaryzamore June 10, 10 09:57 AM

Fantastic Pics ! Wish i could be back in SA for this amazing event - I was there for the Rugby World Cup which was amazing !

And LOL at the replies towards # 96 - someone called him a chop' , haven;t hear that word in years .

Posted by Si Pee June 10, 10 10:01 AM

Bafana Bafana .......despite all your differences u unified us as a nation

Big up Boys good luck with that Mexicans Tequila Dronkies

Posted by Wesley June 10, 10 10:04 AM

Wow Feel it. It's here!!!!

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 10:07 AM

#27 is beautiful... wow....

Posted by j tothe j June 10, 10 10:07 AM

Wow, such beauty, such spirit. I am so proud of my people. Let us keep this going. We have broken the ice, the Rugby in Orlando was just a start. Great things lie ahead for our great nation and all its people...

To all the visitors, heita hola, sharp-sharp. Have a lekker stay in awesome South Africa, feel the gees :)

The comments here give me goosebumps... Go SA, Vha a zwifunana we.

1ove, Bafana Bafana!

Posted by khathutshelo Ndouvhada June 10, 10 10:08 AM

Viva Mexico.

Posted by evert June 10, 10 10:10 AM

Nice pics of the most boring sport ever.

Posted by etienne June 10, 10 10:11 AM

this cup belongs here fo the next four years. HALALA BAFANA BAFANA

Posted by Tinyiko June 10, 10 10:11 AM

Kaka is gorgeous!

Posted by Schala June 10, 10 10:11 AM

I'm so proud to be South African, United we stand as South Africans and welcome the world to Mzansi. We are all behind Bafana Bafana, we know you will do us proud. Well done to our brothers and sisters that have been working tirelessly to ensure we make a success of the biggest sporting event in the world.


Posted by Khethiwe Nkuna June 10, 10 10:11 AM

This is what it's all about.
Proudly South African. UNITED WE STAND

Posted by Charlotte June 10, 10 10:11 AM


Posted by Lorraine June 10, 10 10:11 AM

Scrolling through the comments made me realise how little we all know about each other's culture and history - and how biased the international press is! "South Africa = race issues"; let it go guys, we have!

Don't forget the Springboks are playing France on Saturday, make the gees bigger!

Posted by Soccergrinch June 10, 10 10:13 AM

I feel more patriotic now than ever before!
We may have spent billions on stadiums, and our nation may not make a profit from hosting the tournament, but hopefully the gain in national pride and unity will far outweigh the cost!

Posted by Dave June 10, 10 10:15 AM

What a fantastic mixture of how brilliantly South Africa has prepared for this event and the patriotic feeling one gets when going through all the photos.
I'm looking forward to being part of this historic event!!!! Go Bafana ....Go!!!

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 10:20 AM

Fantastic photos I especially like the young girl on top of the mountain looking out over the sea and the boy with the ball in the sunset.

Posted by Pam Thomson June 10, 10 10:22 AM

feel it its here

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 10:23 AM

I could not be more proudly South African than I am at this very moment! It is so AWESOME to have all the nations unite! The vibe in SA is undescribable! Feel is HERE!!!

Posted by Erica June 10, 10 10:23 AM

#27 is a beautiful pic! Really looking forward to the games. I think the Netherlands will win ;)

Posted by Bob June 10, 10 10:25 AM

The best years of my life were lived in South Africa.Thank you to all South Africans e all the best in future.

Ollie de Oliveira

Posted by Valdemar Oliveira June 10, 10 10:27 AM

BAFANA BAFANA all the way... I'm proud to be a South African

Posted by Bryan June 10, 10 10:28 AM

photo #39 - clincher. great shot.
an awesome and beautiful game!

Posted by john June 10, 10 10:31 AM

Thank-You to the Boston Globe - again! :) You guys reflect the magic of so much around the world in the most beautiful of picture-essays! Lovely, lovely stuff. Thank-You for portraying our beautiful country in such a light!

Life is Love, Love is Life - Feel it! Live it! Love it! :) ENJOY!! :)

Posted by Nick Armstrong June 10, 10 10:32 AM

It is The National FOOTBALL Team... Not Soccer team....
WOW, This is why I count living in this country as a privilage!!! Welcome home world :-)

Posted by Tashyka June 10, 10 10:35 AM

I am so proud to be part of this xxxx to all the people behind the scenes WELL DONE you have come together and inspired the world x

Posted by Romy Marais June 10, 10 10:37 AM

I am so proud to be a South African! I am so proud to an African! I am pleased to welcome the world here! Welcome brothers and sisters!

Let peace reign over the world at this time! Enjoy the Soccer!

Mr Blatter and FIFA, thank you for the continued support in this country and continent!
The photos are just beautiful!!!

Posted by Botshelo Kheletsane June 10, 10 10:42 AM

Shame, shame, shame....

Much more money spent in world cup than in AIDS investigation in a population with 20% of VIH infected.....

Posted by Dani June 10, 10 10:43 AM

United we stand !!
brillliant photo's, lets show them what we're all about !!

Posted by dawn June 10, 10 10:44 AM

Mzanzi,for sure ,cut the crap about colour, and race and whatever bothers you.. let us enjoy an historical event and allow us to wallow in it,till long after too,looking at the amazing pictures, tells you, we have a great looking country ,so be patriotic and do the right thing,support our boys.
Bafana Bafana,,you make us proud.....(behind you guys all the way)

Posted by Wendy-leigh Kolbe June 10, 10 10:47 AM

I thought it wasn't possible to feel anymore proudly South African than I already do - until I saw those pictures! Great job Boston Globe. Thank you for showing the world what we already know. Thank heaven it's only 'one more sleep' because I don't think I could handle anymore anticipation. Feel it! Its (finally) here!

Posted by Alison Evans June 10, 10 10:50 AM

Bafana Bafana! Behind you 100%. Can't wait! We gonna show the world what we made of :D

Posted by SA Supporter June 10, 10 10:51 AM

Ke nako, even though my home town is been denied all the chances to celebrate world cup. We are still 100 % behind Bafana. United we shall stay with Bafana. shapa Bafana shapa

Posted by Kgosi wa Itsoseng June 10, 10 10:56 AM

this is the Messi`s Championship

Posted by John June 10, 10 10:58 AM

I do love Sout Africa alot but i am so sorry thet is Portugal time.Love you Sout Africa Bafana Bafana you or the second best.Siabonga Mufueto.

Posted by Antonio Pinto June 10, 10 10:58 AM

What amazing pictures, I am so proud of my country!
Well done to all South Africans for making this happen - we are hours away from kick off. Can't wait!

Posted by Lauren June 10, 10 11:07 AM

There is such an abundant amount of GEES in the air

We should be able to carry this unity over to parliament in every country in the world

Go Bafana Bafana

Posted by rhona ullman June 10, 10 11:10 AM

World Cup: Let's make it better with a good energy!!!!!!!! It's party time!!!!!!!
Brazil! Brazil! Brazil!

Dunga, you have to leave the Brazilian Football Team!!!!! You don't to listen brazilian peoples!!!


Marcello Lanzoni

Posted by Marcello Lanzoni June 10, 10 11:11 AM

Fotos nota 10...........muito lindo

Posted by Rogerio Patrao June 10, 10 11:11 AM



Posted by Alberto Rodriguez June 10, 10 11:14 AM

Pics are outstanding!!! Im greek/south african! VIVA GREECE.. VIVA BAFANA BAFANA !!!!!!!!!!! woooooooooohooooo! The vibe is electric!

Posted by Sassy June 10, 10 11:19 AM

Listening to the permanent drone of vuvuzelas as I type this ... goosebumps.

Posted by biobot June 10, 10 11:20 AM

nice pics but the dutch will win

Posted by joost June 10, 10 11:21 AM

No land more beautiful than South Africa, no land more hospitable, no land more positive and patriotic, no people more open and warm. Great pics of incredible results of all the preparation. WELL DONE SOUTH AFRICA !!! You deserve all the credit now, and we all give it to you generously. (Hope you enjoy the silence of the great outdoors after the vuvuzela's have quietened down!) Love you my country even tho haven't a clue about soccer - but will be learning ;-))))))

Posted by Di June 10, 10 11:27 AM

A big thank you to the father of the nation for making this a reality. We love Madiba!!!! Long live Nelson Mandela. May the Madiba magic rub off on our boys during this world cup. This is a lekker country.

Posted by Keith Banks June 10, 10 11:28 AM

Fabulous pictures! Great job Boston Globe..."Go Bafana Bafana Go". It's now your time to shine South Africa....

Posted by Neela Naidu (Vancouver, Canada) June 10, 10 11:33 AM

YAY, it is finally here! I am bursting with pride - YES South Africa, we can do it! These pictures bring tears to my eyes! Let the world see who we really are and stop all the old fashioned rhetoric and negative comments. I am not working for the next month and will watch as much as I can! May the positive spirit remain forever, long after the WC is over!

Posted by Debbie June 10, 10 11:35 AM

these are fantasric photos
lets hope that every thing goes as smooth and a happy time is had by all
Good Luck to all the teams

Posted by Enid June 10, 10 11:36 AM

If the game of football is about moments of individual and collective about these pics depicting another chapter in our South African history of brilliantlly individual and collective moments...from the release of Mandela to his inauguration as President, to the winning bid 6 years ago, to yesterdays overall feeilng of - " it is finally here," to tomorrow's [11 June] opening specatacle of the African Edition of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, to the succesful hosting of and the closing ceremony where we South Africans will individually and collectively all be able to say..." not withstanding a global economic meltdown which would have been a good excuse for anyone, we could have told you that we would have been in the position to say this...we could have told you world..we as South Africans, we make the impossible things real..we told you so from the outset..." then there is still the music too..see

Posted by Raphael Wyngaardt June 10, 10 11:41 AM

It is here, anyone who can't feel the excitement & the buzz must be dead. Our moment to shine is NOW, GO BAFANA GO we are 100% behind you, wishing you all the best & I pray that God will bless our national team throughout the SWC.

Posted by Yvette Londt June 10, 10 11:41 AM

The world can critise us ,but we can bring you back to where you came from......where it all started before,...the mother continent,..Mama Africa...and yet, we welcome the world with open arms to share and celebrate one game of many colours, hard feelings all you negatives out there....die koppie gaan nerens nie,dit behoort aan 'n set....die currie cup,die coffee cup,die tea cup,die cricket cup en nou die soccer cup.
Enjoy it with us,and find out what we are all about.
Make the circle bigger..ouens en vrouens.
Love you all

Posted by Wendy-Leigh Kolbe June 10, 10 11:43 AM

#36 is my winner.

Keep it up guys!

Posted by stu June 10, 10 11:44 AM

Absolutely fab pics!! and I am sure many more to come that will blow our minds. SA is really excited about welcoming everyone even if you visit through the Internet or TV looking glass. The excitement right now is electrifying!! AYOBA!!!

Read this article - it will give you a better perspective.

Posted by Vinessa June 10, 10 11:46 AM


Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 11:49 AM

South Africa will proof to be World Class ON and OFF the peach ...
Go Bafana Bafana!!!! Make us proud!

Posted by Jan Pietersen June 10, 10 11:55 AM

The world can critise us ,but we can bring you back to where you came from......where it all started before,...the mother continent,..Mama Africa...and yet, we welcome the world with open arms to share and celebrate one game of many colours, hard feelings all you negatives out there....die koppie gaan nerens nie,dit behoort aan 'n set....die currie cup,die coffee cup,die tea cup,die cricket cup en nou die soccer cup.
Enjoy it with us,and find out what we are all about.
Make the circle bigger..ouens en vrouens.
Love you all

Posted by Wendy-Leigh Kolbe June 10, 10 11:55 AM

Podemos!! Vamos Spain, the World Cup will be us. Beautiful pictures, hope everything goes fine but I'm afraid the country is not ready for this.

Posted by Yes, we can June 10, 10 11:57 AM

Se o Brazil não ganhar, qualquer um será comemorado, exceto Argentina e França.
If Brazil does not win, no one will be celebrated, except Argentina and France.

Posted by Diogo June 10, 10 12:08 PM

WOW, WOW its amazing....,What a wonderfullllll

Posted by Kanchan Adhikari (NEPAL) June 10, 10 12:10 PM

Beautiful pics..just seeing all these pics makes me so homesick..

Posted by Sylvia June 10, 10 12:35 PM

It's amazing.....awesome......beautiful

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 12:36 PM

These amazing pictures say it all. I am oh so very proud to be South African. Go Bafana!!!

Posted by Jeanette Chapman June 10, 10 12:37 PM

btw its not King David school for your information its The Kings School, according to the caption. Go South Africa make us all proud.

Posted by m perelman June 10, 10 12:37 PM

Funny - all the bad stuff has gone away and all that remains is all of us beautiful South Africans united, now all we have to do is get rid of crime and we have the best country with the best people in the world.
I now know the meaning of the word GEES its in my heart Soula, Benone

Posted by soula foord June 10, 10 12:38 PM

This time is ours! How great it is when a nation discovers there really is Madiba Magic time for Bafana, so let's be glad that this time, glad that THIS TIME ....IT'S OURS!!!!!

Posted by elrees June 10, 10 12:41 PM

@Rodrigo Siqueira Souza

Actually the sport is officially called "association football", even FIFA officially uses this term. The term "soccer" was actually created in England as a slang for association football.

Canada, USA, Australia, and New Zealand mostly use the term soccer instead of football.

Posted by GoUSA June 10, 10 12:43 PM

So Proud of all the players...GOOD LUCK TO ALL...Absolutely amazing..

Posted by Jenni Potter June 10, 10 12:46 PM

Wow... these are awesome photos! So proud to see our precious daughter in one of them!
GO BAFANA BAFANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Freddie and Melanie van Rooyen June 10, 10 12:47 PM


Posted by AJITH HARIPERSAD June 10, 10 12:49 PM

SPAIN, SPAIN, SPAIN, BRAZIL, ENGLAND/ARGENTINA, GERMANY, GHANA, NETHERLANDS & THEN CAMEROON in that order. Please make reference to this on 11 July 2010 and send me comments on my email only then please not at any other time.

Posted by Qawe laMaqawe June 10, 10 12:58 PM

WOW #14 looks like it came straight out of a fashion editorial. Nice suits.

Posted by Thomas June 10, 10 12:58 PM


beautiful pictures!

Posted by Nasrin S (CA, USA) June 10, 10 01:02 PM


Posted by Ralph June 10, 10 01:07 PM

so scheene Fotos, eene Lecke
man möschte glei dabeisein

Posted by krischan June 10, 10 01:13 PM


Posted by ALLAN P - THE MOVER June 10, 10 01:14 PM

WOW! Awesome pictures.....KDVP concert was particulary amazing having both our kids Eytan (Grade 3B) and Ilan (Grade 1 S) performing...heartwarming and fantastic

Posted by Fran June 10, 10 01:22 PM

Brilliant! We are awesome!

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 01:31 PM

Excellent photos, depicting the exciting spirit of the entire SA nation.

Posted by Ralph & Martine Israel June 10, 10 01:36 PM

South Africa as the host country is gonna put on a great show!! Well done!

Brasil all the way baby! We're taking our 6th title home!


Posted by Brunno June 10, 10 01:39 PM

A superb production BOSTON GLOBE! Thank you so much. You have brought the realisation that we Southh Africans are closer to each other than what we thought. Bless the originators!

Posted by David Lawrence June 10, 10 01:44 PM

South Africa is my home.Its diverse,harsh and incredibly beautiful.We are a nation that focusses on the real issues and with education,health and crime top priorites we become what we desrve.However with our mineral wealth and
infrastructure the Chinese tiger is ready to spring.The west at present is paying for its greed.I urge the West to take a hands on approach to assist SA before it is lost.Begin by understanding our people.Dollars help but do it with degnity,patience and you will be rewarded.Your culture,tradition will make SA a model country.Common VP Biden , Pres Obama and PM Cameron come south and see for yourself.

Posted by aLAN mONTGOMERY June 10, 10 01:45 PM

South Africa, stand up!!!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!

Posted by Phumza Bongi Mnyaka June 10, 10 01:52 PM

Amazing photos - we share your pride. So excited for South Africa.

Posted by Rochelle Derman June 10, 10 01:59 PM

@Alan Montgomery - They don't really care what happens in Africa. In my opinion the West simply looks after the West.

Posted by John Currie June 10, 10 02:21 PM

So beautiful.
Well done.
Great spirit.
Would love to be there.
Go well.

Posted by Beverly Joffe June 10, 10 02:23 PM

Well Done South Africa! You look Awsome. Now "Smile Pretty" for all the cameras of the world. GO BAFANA BAFANA!!!

Posted by Bertha Wellington, Jubilee Journeys & Celebrations June 10, 10 02:24 PM

it the vectery blakes

Posted by dereje June 10, 10 02:26 PM

Fifa and our Reps- you restored our South African Pride and put us on the World map.
Excellent-no words can describe
Bafana Bafana- let our dreams come true

Posted by Eddie Pillay June 10, 10 02:26 PM

United we shall stand - I'm so incredibly proud of our country and our people.

Posted by Vanessa Nel - Johannesburg - South June 10, 10 02:31 PM

United we shall stand - I'm so incredibly proud of our country and our people.

Posted by Vanessa Nel - Johannesburg - South June 10, 10 02:31 PM

Shine On South Africa......Be Proud!!! Love these photos! We will be watching from our perch in Texas.

Posted by Lori Freer June 10, 10 02:45 PM

Thank you for the beautyfull welcome South Africa,

11 july it will be orange all over Johannesburgh

greetz from Holland

Posted by eef June 10, 10 02:53 PM

Who said we won't be ready to host the biggest tournament on Earth. Here we are ready to stage the greatest sport event. We definately have skills and talent in this country. Proud to be SOUTH AFRICAN.
Impressive photos.

Posted by Augustine June 10, 10 02:53 PM

wish i could be there - proudly south african

Posted by pam June 10, 10 02:55 PM

wow amazing it just makes my heart drop lol smiley face yo its me emmmanuel eman cya later

Posted by Emoney June 10, 10 02:56 PM

Beautiful pictures! I think I can imagine the great atmosphere these days, although i'm living in Germany far, far away. But being host of a world cup - that's just stunning and fantastic.
Have a nice time and GO GERMANY =)
Thanks for the pics and keep capturing!
Best greeting from Germany

Posted by Thomas June 10, 10 03:03 PM

Thank you South Africa, for standing together! Thank you FIFA for bringing the nation closer together!

Posted by BROID June 10, 10 03:26 PM

Stunning! Proud! No other words to describe them!

Posted by Mandy June 10, 10 03:37 PM


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Posted by yasmin June 10, 10 03:47 PM

re: #297 etienne: have you ever watched american football?

Posted by seb June 10, 10 03:51 PM

Your photos have made my African heart smile:-)) THANK YOU!!

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 03:56 PM

This is absolutely fantastic...I am an Indian and was never into football that much...have come here on a work assignment and feel myself to be extremely lucky to be here at this time...the enthusiam and the excitement I have felt here be it office, streets, malls whatever is simply unbelievable and this has forced me to take interest into soccer for good and I am extremely delighted to be a part of it...I can feel it:)...
All the best Bafana!!!

Posted by Deepak Kumar Sharma June 10, 10 03:58 PM

We seem to care more about a leather ball then, poverty, war, the environment, why don't we start caring about the world and each other!!!!!

Posted by diane kilgour June 10, 10 04:13 PM

We are proud South Africans that live in Aberdeen Scotland and we have been following every news report or story about the football and wish we were back home now to experience the "GEES" that is evident in this most beautiful country. Thank you for such magnificant pictures for all to enjoy. As you all stand united, enjoy yourselves and know that there are many of us that cannot be in South Africa with you now but you are in our thoughts and hearts.


Posted by Linda Rooney June 10, 10 04:15 PM

The stage is set for South Africa to prove all critics wrong. We have only one chance but it's going to last "one whole long month". The spotlight will be on us as a nation. The eyes of the world will be open and a spark will be in their hearts that will start a fire burning to wanting to learn more of this incredible nation. We will do our utmost to ensure every visitor is made to feel at home away from home and will go back home with only good memories of the greatest soccer experience ever. Forever "Proudly South African" - Billy in Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu Natal.

Posted by Billy Naidoo June 10, 10 04:24 PM

What atmosphere, what a feeling that we have all waited for the last 6 years ------------it is awesome, our heads are held high ---------we are so proud to be hosting the World's biggest sport event ----World Cup Soccer 2010------------go boys and just enjoy and welcome to everyone from all over the world -----------fans, visitors , have a fantastic time in our wonderful country ---------needless to say in our most magnificent city CAPE TOWN!!
Thank you Madeba for bringing us this amazing event.

Posted by joan June 10, 10 04:26 PM

Africa is such a beautiful country!!!

Posted by nutso smart June 10, 10 05:00 PM

WOW!!! Go South Africa!
'Proudly South African' - Laura in Austria

Posted by Laura Chapman June 10, 10 05:14 PM

Playing a ball in the shape of a BALL only with your legs (mostly FEET) = Football

Playing a ball in the shape of a distorted EGG mostly with your HANDS (and kicking it on seldom occasion) = Handegg

Your welcome ;)

Posted by VdV June 10, 10 05:18 PM


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Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 05:35 PM

Why bother to comment ALL of U who who use this GR8 moment as a political platform

Posted by Jono June 10, 10 05:59 PM

awesome picturws i wish be there :((((((((

Posted by DannyRev June 10, 10 06:10 PM

Just see the pride in these comments!!! Show me another country that is this proud!!!!
I love South Africa and will forever support my country!!!

We are not just ready to host this world cup, it will be the best one ever for reasons that can't be copied by any other country!!!!

Want to see a nation united? Look at picture #2 with thousands of people in it and stop looking at picture #7 with only a 100 or so and it represents a very specific situation (Jewish school).

I love you my country!

All the FOOLS who try to find fault - you suffer in solitude because everywhere else I look, i see a happy and proud nation.

#394, Linda are you at all related to Wayne?

Posted by Christine June 10, 10 06:22 PM

Don't know whatelse to type. Those fabulous pictures made me cry. What a world!!!

Posted by osii June 10, 10 07:06 PM

I'm homesick

Posted by Anonymous June 10, 10 07:09 PM

Beautiful pictures

Posted by Mary June 10, 10 07:19 PM

can't wait for the football!!!

btw it's not soccer it's football

Posted by emm June 10, 10 07:27 PM


Posted by EMMANUEL MICHAEL June 10, 10 07:41 PM

17 has to be done for the photographer. Nobody in their right mind would use a lawn mower that small to mow a soccer field. Can you imagine how worn out you would get just walking back and forth emptying the catcher?

Posted by Matt June 10, 10 08:34 PM

" Pra frente B R A S I L, salve a seleção!! "


Posted by Livia June 10, 10 09:31 PM

I Pray for the South Africa & know we can behave Now is the time to prove ourself GO AFRICA GO

Posted by Jenny L June 10, 10 09:46 PM

I am so happy that the whole world is seeing why I love South Africa so much!!!! I am far from home right now but could cry just at what I feel from home all the way over here!

There is love of life and community, determination, and such spirit amongst Southern African people, which no one can take from us & any naysayers just make our spirits stronger & tougher!

Thank you Boston Globe for capturing our moment so well!

We have done it! Can you feel it! It is HERE!!!

Posted by Mzansi Lover June 10, 10 10:08 PM

Amazing pics, so proud to be Souh African

Posted by Hellen McMaster June 10, 10 10:25 PM

Finally some great positive images of our beautifull land.
You go guys you have every right to feel proud.

Posted by natalie tanne June 10, 10 11:25 PM

Good Luck Bokke

Posted by Moshe Ben Zvi June 10, 10 11:27 PM

Beautiful photos. Makes me proud to be a South African.

Posted by Elaine Bing June 10, 10 11:39 PM

Great photos of my home country. Although I have lived in the US since 1976, my heart remains in sunny S.A. Good luck for the World Cup.... don't let this great opportunity go to waste. When it's over, get on with life and try and make a difference, otherwise the World Cup will be for naught. Stop the violence and stop the spread of AIDs.

Love you South Africa.... most beautiful country in the world and the best people too. Nothing like a South African's warmth and genuine openness.

Posted by Linda June 10, 10 11:52 PM


Posted by Gail June 11, 10 01:22 AM

I am so0o0o0o proud to be South African!!!! never thought I'd get excited to the sound of Vuvuzelas everywhere, the atmosphere is AWESOMENESS and cool pics by the way :)

Posted by Malika Abrahamse June 11, 10 01:34 AM

BAFANA BAFANA !!!! bring it home for your MAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Valentino! from down under. June 11, 10 01:46 AM

The BEST sport in the World!!! I'm looking forward to watcing the best play... ;-)
Pic. #27 is awesome!!!
Way to go HAWKS!!!! The Stanley Cup is ours!!!

Posted by Sam June 11, 10 01:53 AM

Go South Africa.... Today we rock the world. Go Bafana we are proud... very very proud

Posted by Bruce Harris June 11, 10 02:06 AM

The day has finally arrived and the vibe is absolutly electric here in the city at only 7:00 am. It is only going to get better.
This almostphere and positive attitude of all South Africans can only get stronger and should last well after the World Cup. We behind you all the way BAFANA...

Posted by Rhugtaz June 11, 10 02:20 AM

Those were brilliant pictures really depicting a country of proud and happy citizens. I hope those sentiments will sustain well after the world cup ends. Maybe the citizens will come to realize that all people are one and equal and can enjoy the benefits of life as well as the hardships in a harmonious way.

Posted by Pam Los Angeles June 11, 10 02:23 AM

These pictures are just the beginning. We'll have many more at the end of the tournament. I was in Joburg last week and in Durban now and let me tell you I've never experienced an atmosphere like this before !!!!

Posted by James Minnet June 11, 10 02:23 AM

That is my South Africa:)
Today I am the happiest woman alive.

Posted by Michelle JHB June 11, 10 02:34 AM

Feel it it is here . . .Philip is here lol . i cant wait to knock off and go to see soccer . am proud to be south african

Posted by Jennifer June 11, 10 02:36 AM

Good Luck to South Africa! I am proud and homesick!!!!!

Posted by Sue June 11, 10 02:38 AM

South Africa ....................... the place to be right now.
I am EXTREMELY proud to be a South African. We can and should be proud of South Africa.

To all those people who have bashed us since being awarded the tournament, eat your words china* (*china is a S.A. term of endearment)

Now, Let the games begin,

Posted by Larry June 11, 10 02:41 AM

Absolutely Awesome Pictures! South Africa is more than ready.....

Posted by Mpho M. Mogami June 11, 10 02:42 AM

To ALL THE WORLD.... Can you Feel IT !!!!


Posted by Achmat Joseph June 11, 10 02:43 AM

It is finally here, I can feel it....very proud to be a South african

Lets show the world that we can do it !

Totally loving every pic !

1 luv

Posted by Garth Williams June 11, 10 02:43 AM

Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures!
It is happening today! Well done South Africa!
God bless our Country!

Posted by Charl van Rooyen June 11, 10 02:50 AM

Proud to be South African! World, welcome to South Africa for a soccer crazy time!

Posted by Craig Levy June 11, 10 02:51 AM

Yeah - Visit South Africa while it is still a viable country!! Cos when it is over, only then will we realise that we have bankrupted ourselves.
Good luck to our Bafana Team .......... especially tonight!!!

Posted by Debby June 11, 10 02:52 AM

Rise & Shine South Africa
Brilliant photos!
I'm lost for words!
The whole world can see that!
We've really made the circle bigger!
Big-up Mzansi!
You deserve it!


Posted by Bongiwe Sidane June 11, 10 02:53 AM

Congratulations to all who made it happen from Madiba to the building labourers who built the stadiums. To those who worked day and night to meet deadlines and the families who supported them in their work to show the world that South Africa can be all things to all people within their beloved country. Have a SAFE and HAPPY world Cup - well done everyone.

Posted by Sheila Fradl June 11, 10 02:54 AM

Go Bafana
Show Dem !!

Posted by dani rubin June 11, 10 02:54 AM

Thanks for these pics. The opening match is today and the spirit here in South Africa is unbelievable. We have prepared long and hard for this moment, It feels almost surreal that it is here now. The parade in Sandton this week was amazing, and we had smaller parties joining in the cheering for our home team all across the city. Go Bafana - We feel it, it is here!

Posted by Candice Jones June 11, 10 02:59 AM


Posted by Nicolas van der Merwe June 11, 10 02:59 AM

These pics give me cold chills of elation, much the same as the '95 Rugby World Cup, at the mere thought of our country once again coming together to share our spirit with the rest of the world. Our people, the African people absolutely emulate the tradition of this tournament. Ke Nako Africa, show dem!!!

Posted by Anthea Campbell June 11, 10 03:07 AM


Posted by HESTER SMIT June 11, 10 03:11 AM

Feel it - it's HERE!!!! I'm so proud to be South African!!!

Posted by Rachel Johnson June 11, 10 03:11 AM

Awesome!! They only way to describe it!!

Posted by Jassi June 11, 10 03:17 AM

Go South Africa proudly South African!!))))

Posted by Udo June 11, 10 03:17 AM

This event is about elevating South Africa in the eyes of the world. The brand and goodwill is enormous and shows what we are capable of and can deliver on. It also brings us all closer to one another and shows that we have more in common than not. This will be memorable and the energy created like no other. Love you SA.

Posted by John Kennedy June 11, 10 03:19 AM

As they say, the Rainbow Nation has come alive and these pics show a nation in unity. Thanks for the great pics.

Posted by Robert Wintle June 11, 10 03:19 AM

Proud to be South African and just as proud to be African! I always new we could do and now we are proving it. Just what SA needed, a common goal to bring as all together again. When we forget our differences we are one of the greatest nations in the world! Let pray that some foolish individuals don't spoil it for the rest of us and that this would be the beginnig of much greater things!!
My ticket ist booked and I can't wait :-)

Posted by Johan Kotze, Austria June 11, 10 03:20 AM

The spirit of unity - what a joy. Love and laughter abounding in the magic of fellowship. Madiba magic reigns huge today and I am proud to be a South African and feel the blood of Africa coursing through my veins.

Posted by Simone Smith, Cape Town June 11, 10 03:22 AM

Bafana Bafana , i am behind you allthe way and i believe that you will take us to the end of the world Cup.We believe that this cup will remain in South Africa,

We really thank God for giving us this opportunity as a country.
We support you even with our prayers.

ViVa Bafana Viva.
Do us proud..................

Posted by Nthabiseng Tshabalala June 11, 10 03:24 AM

Go Bafana

Posted by Dylan June 11, 10 03:24 AM

It has never been a better time to be in South Africa.... this is just confirming what we already know. Thank you Boston Globe for showing the world what we really are. Good news also sells

Go Bafana!

Posted by Thea June 11, 10 03:25 AM

I am proudly South Africa the land of milk and honey

Posted by Anonymous June 11, 10 03:27 AM

So proudly South African - opening concert was fantastic and the starting game is going to be even better!!! Blow your vuvuzela and stand as one for Bafana Bafana!!!!!

Posted by Bronwyn EM June 11, 10 03:28 AM

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you GOD, the world, my fellow South Africans, every single person that made this possible, I THANK YOU! To be here in SA, amidst the excitement has got to be the most amazing feeling. BAFANA BAFANA, all the BEST! To the rest of the WORLD, welcome to our WORLD, May we exceed your expectations, inspire you and instill much love in your hearts during your stay in our country!

Posted by Ruanne June 11, 10 03:28 AM

We are a country in union!!! I am proud to be a South African, go BAFANA. Going through the photos brings tears to eyes. My bloed is groen en my huis is Suid Afrika. Come boys you can do it!!!!!!

Posted by Marian du Plessis June 11, 10 03:29 AM


Come join us - its not too late

Really looking forward to the big game tonight

Posted by Rob June 11, 10 03:30 AM

I'm ashamed to be a South African. Without the white people this world cup would have been a total failure. In 15 years the government could not provide housing/food/shelter/services for the poor, but in 6 years they could spend billions on the Soccer World Cup. Ho pathetic can a nation be

Posted by Thandile June 11, 10 03:31 AM

Growing up on a farm in the heart of South Africa.. green and gold is in my blood! I love this country and I'm so proud the world will see it through such an occasion. VIVA Bafana Bafana!

Posted by Bevan Ducasse June 11, 10 03:35 AM


Posted by CS June 11, 10 03:36 AM

I dont know why they have to play ...

Spain has already won

Posted by Stranno June 11, 10 03:37 AM

wow i got such a lump in my throat looking at these.
the country stands united :)

Posted by samantha maber June 11, 10 03:38 AM

South Africa has made the impossible possible. Who would have thought a mere 20 years ago, that this would be possible? Mzansi fo sho!!!

Posted by TM June 11, 10 03:40 AM

Good luck to the boys...Go Bafana Go

Posted by Johan Weideman - Botswana June 11, 10 03:42 AM

Wow South Africa...we are now able to show the rest of the world what we are all about. We are a nation that has weathered the storms of life and this has made us stronger and more aware of the worlds plights. We have become more tolerant and sensitive to other peoples issues as a result. So proud to be a South Africa.! Go Bafana Bafana! Cape Town

Posted by Gail Ross June 11, 10 03:44 AM

Proud to be South African,
WELL Done!
JHB is off the hinges ;)

Posted by Roxane Spider June 11, 10 03:44 AM

So proud to be a South African and a Capetonian. Go South Africa show the world who we are!!!

Posted by Milicia Healing June 11, 10 03:46 AM

Re a le rata bafana bafana. le re tlisheditje monate ka gae!!!! we wish you all the best for today's game.... we will be watching you!!!

Posted by Martha Khukhi Mokgehle June 11, 10 03:46 AM

Amazing photo's, Go South Africa and Bafana Bafana

Posted by Sharlene June 11, 10 03:50 AM

Thank you for the GREAT pictures!!
I am proud to be South African and VERY happy that Boston Globe helps spread the good news from South Africa!

Posted by Ian Cloete June 11, 10 03:50 AM

I am Proud to be a South African! I am proud to be the child of teh soil... Let us have a Fun month and celebrate humanity let this world cub be the 1st step to unifying human kind! Let us show the world the real south African spirit.... Let all the scaptics eat their words! AYOBA SA AYOBA!

Posted by Thulisile Mjoli June 11, 10 03:51 AM

South African people rock! we are having the best time here! the vibe is massive! ========

Posted by Andre Greeff June 11, 10 03:52 AM

Wish I was at home - so so proud of our awesome country - good luck today Bafana Bafana!!!
What incredible pics.

Posted by shelley June 11, 10 03:58 AM

I'm not white nor black, I'm African-South African and proud of it... HELL YEAH! Soccer feaver is all around us, one nation together. I cant wait!!!!!!

Posted by Phillip Becker June 11, 10 03:58 AM

WICKED PICS, now lets take the positive spirit and carry that into everything we do on a daily basis. This is a GREAT country and can become the best place to live on the planet!! Go BAFANA!!!

Posted by Willem Karsten June 11, 10 03:59 AM

Absolutely awesome the power of sport and how it can unite a nation! Not wanting to be a pessimist, but my sincere wish is that these feelings of unity and patriotism continues long after the final game is played. Viva SA Viva! Viva Bafana Bafana Viva!

Posted by Ravi GP June 11, 10 04:06 AM

WOW and then WOW again!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Roelia June 11, 10 04:07 AM
479. Proud to be a South African and Im 150% and more behind Bafana Bafana...all the BEST guys!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Khauhelo June 11, 10 04:10 AM

@ Xcess, I have read all 450 comments here and you have managed to come across as the most narrow-minded and least informed, well done, you deserve a prize. Our schools are racially integrated, and have been for quite some time. Photography is about capturing a moment, if demographics aren't properly represented in each and every shot it says more about where people chose to stand than segregated school systems. Just saying.

The vibe in Jozi is pure awesome, the vuvezelas have been going since six o clock this morning. I'm definitely proud to be a South African. I've tried Europe, but there's no place like home. For all of you ex-pats, come home it's fantastic here!

Posted by Axions June 11, 10 04:13 AM


Posted by RASHAAD June 11, 10 04:18 AM

The World Cup had united South Africans as one, better than any politician could. We are one and we are going to support Bafana Bafana win or lose, they are ours. GO BAFANA BAFANA

Posted by Anonymous June 11, 10 04:18 AM


Posted by RASHAAD SULIMAN June 11, 10 04:19 AM

Spectacular. These photo's are capturing the essence of what is to be a truly historic World Cup.
VIVA Bafana Bafana Viva.

Posted by Pearson Pillay June 11, 10 04:20 AM

All player hate Jabulani..

I think about conspiration where team of South africa has played the ball over time and for a long private time maybe.. :D

So they know pretty well how to handle the ball well.. :D

anyway, VIVA HOLLAND...!!

Posted by dennis June 11, 10 04:22 AM

Beautiful as usual, just goes to show how beautiful South Africa is and i am proud to say that, " I AM A SOUTH AFRICAN....


Posted by DANIEL PORTHEN June 11, 10 04:28 AM


Posted by Deeple June 11, 10 04:29 AM

Interesting white Kids at primary School are performing on stage in South Africa - kicking football - in front of audiance of white parents. Whereas, black kids are shown kicking a football in the ghetto.

Posted by Singh June 11, 10 04:29 AM

I am not a soccer supporter at all, but all that has been happening in SA is enough to make anyone proud. I will be backing Bafana, simply because of what this tournament will bring to SA's education etc.

You have to love the spirit in SA

Posted by Tertia Naude' June 11, 10 04:30 AM

I am a proud South African..! Cape Town welcomes all of you..!

Posted by CapeTown Tooner June 11, 10 04:33 AM

Let the games begin..... so proud to be South African, I love my country...
Go Bafana, Bafana

Posted by Pam June 11, 10 04:34 AM

Woohoo!!! Go South Africa!! Such an exciting day today guys! I can hear vuvuzelas all day :P

I think it's money spent well, we need more unity with all the hate being spread by malema and to african foreigners trying to make a decent life here.

2 more hours then off to join the celebrations! Extremely proudly SA today!

Posted by Taryn June 11, 10 04:34 AM

It Is Here :) make us proud boys :)

Posted by Proudly South African June 11, 10 04:35 AM

Shivers run down my spine... I am here and you CAN certainly FEEL it!

Posted by Ayobaness June 11, 10 04:37 AM


Posted by CALE June 11, 10 04:37 AM

Europe can keep its cash... South Africa has a heart and Soul that no other nation can Match!

I wouldn't want to be from any other nation than right here!

Posted by Claudia June 11, 10 04:39 AM

These pictures gave me goose bumps, I am very proud to be South African!!
Well done to our beautiful country!

Posted by Daina Forsgate June 11, 10 04:39 AM

South Africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by JACO June 11, 10 04:43 AM

Go go Greece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by root June 11, 10 04:47 AM

Awesome pictures ! We are so proud to be South Africans.
Congratulations South Africa. We may have our faults but we are a Great Rainbow Nation

Posted by Hilda vd Merwe June 11, 10 04:49 AM

Let the games begin - so proud to be South African. We welcome the world. Viva Bafanba Viva!!

Posted by Dawn Jorgensen June 11, 10 04:51 AM

WOw i'm really proud to be a south african and may GOD bless the opening to our advantage.....Feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel it it is here........I love my country and BAFANA BAFANA will do us proud score will be 3 sa and 1 mexico....

Posted by Lionel Bll June 11, 10 04:53 AM

One Nation... the Rainbow Nation.. stunning pics.... so sorry about the crime.

Posted by Anonymous June 11, 10 04:54 AM

Very nice man i have joined the group and posted the latest action from Cape Town / Keep and eye at andlaurel will keep you posted on my way to the match and fanparks in Cape Town

Posted by Laurel Andrews June 11, 10 04:56 AM

This is the moment that all South Africans have been waiting for!! The catalyst that will surely unite us as a nation. Thank you Madiba and all that made this possible!!

Posted by Andy Payne June 11, 10 04:56 AM

Type your comment here....Good luck South Africa and may the sun always shine on you!
Greetings from Leitrim... Ireland.

Posted by Anonymous June 11, 10 05:01 AM

Beautiful and powerful!

Posted by Hannes June 11, 10 05:04 AM

TOTALLY AWSOMENESS!!! I love SA! Go Bafana Bafana!!

Posted by shane June 11, 10 05:05 AM

Working in Sandton, I saw it all during the street parade, what an awesome experience. If we could bottle all the energy being generated from people's passion, pride and joy of the world cup unfolding down here in beautiful SA, we'd never have to worry about Eskom again! As an import of 30 years, it's great to be part of a 2nd world cup - my 1st as a 12-year old child growing up in England in 1966. This is something quite different. As the saying goes, miracles take a little longer. The miracle of SA hosting a world cup, given our history. Let's keep this spirit of unity going, not just during the world cup but into eternity. Come on SA, come on England, and Hop Schweiz (in memory of my late mother). Go Bafana.

Posted by Kendra Sanders June 11, 10 05:05 AM

hello this country has been so blessed with all the talent & extremely good looking boys - but nothing replace the truly south african heart of a nation produly united.
viva WAKA WAKA viva

Posted by Jennifer Botha June 11, 10 05:10 AM

SO,SO Proud to be South African! cant wait to go back HOME!!!! S.A is the only country that can do the world cup proud

Posted by Nancy Becker June 11, 10 05:10 AM


Posted by Glendor Crouch June 11, 10 05:12 AM

OMG, I am proudly South African

Posted by Thabang June 11, 10 05:13 AM


Posted by SHANNON FARRANT June 11, 10 05:13 AM

I'm subdued melancholic person by nature -- but all that has gone. I'm so excited to a citizen of a country that hosts this epic event of "association football"

SA has been capable of pulling something like this the whole time. We've been hosting big sporting events for a long time. So let's simply rejoice.

We love you all and we welcome you all.

Posted by Ara June 11, 10 05:13 AM

COME ON ENGLAND, great shots again

Posted by neville chapman June 11, 10 05:18 AM

WOW! GOOSEBUMPS!! they just keep running up and down my spine today! around every corner there is something more to make me PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN!! AYOBANESS!!!
Cant wait for kickoff!

Posted by Tanya B (Cape Town) June 11, 10 05:20 AM

This is the most fantastic event ever hosted by South Africa, the stadiums are breath taking, a job well done indeed. And Spain I fully cheer you on, yeah yeah...

Posted by Raeesah Bulbulia June 11, 10 05:22 AM

Coool !!!!! please load pics from yersterday's kick off concert as well.

Posted by Babby khumalo (sandton jhb) June 11, 10 05:23 AM

I'm so proud that my tax money was used for soccer stadiums instead of food for the poor...

Posted by Andrew June 11, 10 05:27 AM

OMG.....we are AMAZING!!!! :)
YAY SA...they thought we couldn't do they Feel it...cos it is here!!

Posted by Thobi June 11, 10 05:31 AM

Finally the day has arrived, we have been waiting since 2004................Feelt it, It is here.
We are proud of you Bafana Bafana...make us proud.

Posted by Karabo June 11, 10 05:32 AM


Posted by Sinah Mothibe, Pretoria June 11, 10 05:36 AM

OMG.....we are AMAZING!!!! :)
YAY SA...they thought we couldn't do they Feel it...cos it is here!!

Posted by Thobi June 11, 10 05:36 AM

I am glad am in South Africa..... I cant wait for the kickoff, Sourh Africa is great :-D

Posted by Lelo June 11, 10 05:39 AM

WOW WOW WOW is all I can say and I am so proud to be apart of this amazing experience. Good luck to all the teams especially BAFANA!!!

Posted by Berdene June 11, 10 05:46 AM

South Africa siyaba ngena, I am so proud to be a South African.. Thank u tata Madiba, withouth you we would'nt be a winning country. Fifa thank you for giving us the opportunity to host this big event....Siyabonga

Posted by Celiwe Maphanga, Nelspruit June 11, 10 05:50 AM

im proudly south african im feeling it, it here, bafana bafana no matter what happen we are behind you all the way

Posted by kuhle makam June 11, 10 05:52 AM

Far away from home for many years now, but still my blood is GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO South Africa!

Posted by Jo June 11, 10 06:02 AM


Posted by Lydon June 11, 10 06:03 AM

I am South African and cannot wait to see this bunch of no hopers being the first host country to being booted out of the world cup during the group stages. Is it just me but I keep wondering why there isn't a quota system in place in South African soccer like all the other sports? Thousands of South Africans being murdered each year and all they can think of is sport, good luck with that attitude. These billions of rands could have been put to far better use than building useless stadiums.

Posted by Mario Garcia June 11, 10 06:05 AM

Thank you so much for posting this amazing gallery of stunning images!!

It really sums it up for we South Africans and I would suggest that all those with a negative view about the country and/or its abilities, keep them to your miserable self/selves for the moment. Allow this nation to enjoy the feelings of pride and gratitude that we ALL are feeling on this auspicious day.We welcome you all to our home that we love. Enjoy your visit, be it in person, or via the Internet. AYOBA!!

Posted by Louis van Coppenhagen, Johannesburg June 11, 10 06:05 AM


Posted by Anonymous June 11, 10 06:09 AM

Now those photos are really Ayoba! - they really capture the positivity in the air here in South Africa at the moment... I am so proud of my country and her people for standing together to get the job done, and for welcoming the world to our home with open arms and friendly smiles. To all our visitors, we hope you enjoy your stay and that you get to discover what it is that makes South Africa the greatest country in the world.
To our team, GO BOYS!!! Keep the cup in SA!!!

Posted by Skyrat June 11, 10 06:14 AM

Very well done South Africa, ( Danie Jordan and company ) one cannot but feel proud of this achievement.

Posted by Tony Afonso June 11, 10 06:15 AM

These are amazing photos, I really hope that you all have a wonderful time in South Africa, enjoy their hospitality and warmth, take in the beauty of the country, laugh with the Rainbow Nation.

In all this please REMEMBER the starving, the homeless, the tin-shantie towns,,Aids, the unemployed etc etc, use the financial rewards from the Games to benefit the people of South Africa.

Boston Globe you have done us proud with your photos. Thank you.

Posted by Wyn Pyper, Kent England June 11, 10 06:15 AM

Amazing -am proud to be a South African. Let this event not be disrupted by vilonence and unrully crowds. Lets be proud and wish our team the best.

Posted by Roshni June 11, 10 06:17 AM

go bafana bafana. Go south africa make us proud.
It is such an amazing feeling.

Posted by Lucia Bowker June 11, 10 06:18 AM

Great Pictures. I have to say that our national team came a long way. we bihind you guys100% no matter what

Posted by olimpio June 11, 10 06:23 AM

Even in Jupiter Industrain in Germiston, all I hear, is the constant drone of Vuvu's...

Extremely annoying... Yet pleasantly inspiring...

Go Bafana kick some Burrito ass!!!

Posted by Ettiene June 11, 10 06:25 AM

Hi South Africa we are so proud of you BAFANA BAFANA GO GET IT but shoe these vuvuzelas are driving us crasy by the time the world cup is over we aint going to have ear drums hahaha

Posted by Sally flynn June 11, 10 06:28 AM

Type your comment here...

Posted by Anonymous June 11, 10 06:34 AM

Beautiful Pictures. Lovely atmosphere in the country, and great for the
South African as nation.

Good luck and enjoy

Posted by A K Harif June 11, 10 06:36 AM

Beautiful Pictures. Lovely atmosphere in the country, and great for the
South Africa as nation.

Good luck and enjoy

Posted by A K Harif June 11, 10 06:37 AM

It's amazing to be part of this FANTASTIC event in our country, and living in a very BEAUTIFUL city -CAPE TOWN!! The opening party at the FanFest last night was wonderful, with sun setting behind Table Mountain after a clear, sunny winter's day - what more could we ask for (now it's up to you Bafana!!!) Glad to be here & proudly South African.

Posted by Chantal June 11, 10 06:37 AM

South Africa must address its crime and health issues. Spending hundreds of millions on soon to be empty stadiums will not change the world's view of a country in trouble. Ask the people who are leaving in their droves.
Best wishes to all the teams. I hope the final is not decided by a player taking a dive.

Posted by Terry June 11, 10 06:38 AM

Welcome World...... Hello Africa - Tell Me How You'r Doin' ...... GOOD LUCK Bafana Bafana................ We Love You...............

Posted by Janet Sedgwick June 11, 10 06:39 AM

This morning I woke up and realised that my country my people are happy!

Posted by Corne Piani June 11, 10 06:46 AM

Fevah Bafana, Make us proud

Posted by Richard June 11, 10 06:47 AM

Sharing our South Africa its what it is all about. Go Bavfne, Best wishes from SoZa! Travel

Posted by SoZa! Travel June 11, 10 06:53 AM

Proud of my fellow Africans!! You have done it, when everyone was against you and many including some in SA thought it could not be pulled off!! It shows that when there is a strong will & dedication & united efforts, anything can be done... this should be an inspiration for many other African countries! I am very happy for South Africa & all Africans, but sad to see that my home country (Libya) that has 10 times more money then South Africans, cannot achieve even 1% of this... Maybe One Day

Posted by Mansour Ali June 11, 10 06:56 AM

49 Million and 24 take on the rest of the World

23 Players 1 Coach

Go Bafana Bafana !!!!!!

South Africa can Only be the Winners

Posted by Manny Cachucho June 11, 10 07:03 AM

IT IS HERE!!! The vibe in South Africa today is phenomenal! Our team shirts are on, our flags are flying (from all our buildings...and cars!) and our vuvuzela's are praprapraaaaa-ing. The pride in our hearts for a Nation that ultimately always stands together can be felt in every South African today. We are a country united and I am PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN. For all the expats out there...we wish you were all here to feel, hear, taste and see your beautiful country at this time!!! These images are proof of this! AYOBA BAFANA BAFANA AYOBA!

Posted by Kerry - Johannesburg, SA June 11, 10 07:03 AM


Posted by RITA CUNHA June 11, 10 07:05 AM

im proud to be south african i feel the spirit with all of the nation

Posted by abigail moses June 11, 10 07:05 AM

well done South Africa you have made Africa so Proud,,we love you.

Posted by Mavis Mukosera June 11, 10 07:23 AM

Guys I am sorry to be watching this from London, wish I could be at home for the opening game and all the rest of the festivities. Bafana, lets see what you are made of!!! All our visitors, enjoy our wonderful country with all its variety and mak sure you tell everyone about us. also make sure you come back again.

Posted by Norman Sander June 11, 10 07:31 AM


Posted by CBON June 11, 10 07:31 AM

All very well.........South Africa must be proud....right now it is a huge undertaking. The same thing happened in the Rugby World Cup 1995. Since then endless corruption, violence, nepotism, theft. Now billions more have been spent on a one month feel good exercise. What worries me is the hangover after the party. Niothing will change for the average South African, the poverty, the crime, AIDS, will still be there. Sad.

Posted by David Taylor June 11, 10 07:39 AM

Proud to be South African! Will be watching from Islands in Malaysia but wish I was there - so proud of South Africa, the most amazing country with the most amazing, resilient spirit! Go BAFANA!!!!!

Posted by Leigh Allen June 11, 10 07:41 AM

Bakgat!!! Viva Boere-breins + Afrikan hande! Strange but true. ;-)

Posted by Freedom June 11, 10 07:47 AM

Wow, SA, GO for It !!! I can feel the spirit and wish we could be there, believe me al expats follow every photo end bit of news we can lay our hands on. We are proud !

Posted by Heila - Perth Australia June 11, 10 07:50 AM

Pictures are fantastic!!!! Well done Boston!!!!
Wishing ALL the teams good luck, good luck and more good luck!!!!
Wish I was there to enjoy all the great spirit and bonding that is going on between ALL the people of South Africa - JUST ENJOY EVERY MINUTE of the World Cup - you have worked so hard to achieve this moment!!!

#404 - it would be a bit difficult to fit a huge double decker bus and 1000's of onlookers (#2) into a small school gumnasium (#7) - your comment was SO unnecessary and quite honestly VERY distasteful.

Posted by Peggy June 11, 10 07:54 AM

Arrived at magnificent Joburg airport a week ago, keen to see plenty matches. Rented car, drove around, saw thousands of shanties tucked away, open drains, squalor, sick kids, resentful hungry people, no work. Black big shots in fancy cars, suburban whites in barricaded houses, heard gunshots, saw cars shooting red lights, suicide driving.
Back at airport waiting to board plane home (UK). Gave spending money to sick family near Soweto. Can't enjoy football in this contrived, false environment. Goodbye Africa.

Posted by Rob England June 11, 10 07:57 AM

11 June 2010 - 14H00: The atmosphere is electrifying!!! Almost every person I've seen today is wearing Gold&Green. This is awesome!!! Good luck Bafana Bafana....let the South Africa "Gees" carry you to victory!!! This has been a truely amazing all the people that have built stadiums, roads, Gautrainand manufactured as little as a screw for this amazing game. Well Done!! We can all be proud to be a South Africans today!!! South Africa salutes you....!! One Nation, One team and together we will stand and conquer!!!

Posted by Andries Scheepers June 11, 10 07:57 AM

Photo's are fabulous...Proudly South African...Wish I was at home...WELL DONE SOUTH AFRICA...We feel proud...

Posted by Saleem Buccas - Sydney Australia June 11, 10 08:08 AM

i wish one of the AFRICAN team wins the FIFA 2010 WORLDCUP especialy SUPER EAGLES of nigeria..and i also wish i will be there in south africa live to see the GAME........and for those picture they all look lovin and which makes me want to go to south africa............holla

Posted by dami oluyemi June 11, 10 08:18 AM

Awesome pictures and I am not even a soccer fan. Its great what S.A. is doing for the World Cup. I love S.A. I am Dutch but staying in S.A. a couple of months each and every year already for quite a number of years and I like the South Africans, if I had no Family and friends in my home country I could live here and enjoy it.S.A. has a great potential and you have it in your own hands to make something out of it. Go ahead.
Don't forget to score !!!.

Posted by Martin X.C. Maijer June 11, 10 08:49 AM


Posted by CLAUDIA June 11, 10 09:13 AM

I got chills they're multiplying/ And Im losin' control/Cause the power your supplying its electrifying..
Wonderful photos - the photographer is a true artist.

Posted by Candice June 11, 10 09:30 AM

Sooooooooo proud to be South African :)

Posted by Bruce Rowley June 11, 10 09:43 AM

488 In any other country the kids in the school and in the getto would maybe be the same colour and you would not comment on it as the school picture were in school time and the other after school time. In home photos of the 32 contries in these games the chances are that photos will be of German speaking kids in Germany, Irish speaking kids in Ireland, French speaking kids in France, Japanese speaking kids in Japan, but in South Africa it can be photos of ELEVEN different language speaking children-------very impossible in one school or one gheto as you call it. Get a life and find something good. You have good eyes and spelling.

Posted by Meyndert Bornman June 11, 10 09:47 AM


Posted by S June 11, 10 10:12 AM

my blood is green and always will be

Posted by Rob June 11, 10 10:13 AM

Awesome. Beautiful pics.

Posted by Ketty Luzincourt June 11, 10 10:55 AM

The most spectacular pics, captures the mood for the worlds greatest spectacle !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Aroon Idnani June 11, 10 11:01 AM

Well done South Africa. After all said and done about the countries bad reputation it holds, at this very moment I can truly say I AM PROUD TO BE SOUTH AFRICAN!!!! Let the games begin :) "The future depends on what we do in the present"...and I belieive that we can and will thrive to be the best country yet. It is said that You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. This is just the beginnning.......VIVA SOUTH AFRICA

Posted by Kimmy Govender June 11, 10 11:07 AM

Might as well enjoy it now!
From July 11th, the minority taxpayer starts paying for the massive budget overruns, incipient corruption involved and the euphoria given to the masses.

Posted by Ches June 11, 10 11:10 AM

briliant wish i was there maybe the next time every thing looks superb.

Posted by kenneth bryan bishop June 11, 10 11:47 AM

Eileen M Phoenix AZ

Wonderful and exciting. Wish I was there! You did it SA and make us proud of our great country

Posted by Eileen M June 11, 10 01:16 PM

Fevah sinayo! We've got the FEVAH! Jozi was rocking today...strangers blowing vuvuzela's at each other and smiles all round. And what a match! Kuhne is the MAN! I'm so proud to call SA my home, and despite all our challenges, there is NO PLACE I'd rather be.

Posted by Stacey Dlamini June 11, 10 01:35 PM

south africa is the place to be !!!
Im proud and SOUTH AFRICAN

Posted by jon June 11, 10 01:44 PM

We were told we couldn't do it, we did. We were told we wouldn't be ready, we were..These pictures tell it all. We are united and proud. I love my home.....SA is my home!!!!

Posted by Debbie English Cape Town June 11, 10 01:44 PM

Portugal Portugal!!!! fantásticasFfotos como sempre mas portugal vai ganhar ^^

Posted by Tiago Jesus June 11, 10 01:47 PM

All the way from Germany - we watched together at my studio, the Rainbow Dance Factory - and cheered !!!!!!!!!!! Great Game, that 90tieth Minute blew me !! And yet a good start - an EQUAL Start - that´s what we are aiming for in the new SA - isn´t it?? EQUALITY !! Still, I don´t mind if we take the cup at the end !!
Despite all this -
My heart weeps for the Mandela Family ! God Bless And Comfort You!!

Posted by Hazelle Kurig June 11, 10 01:58 PM

There's oil in the gulf, but I do enjoy soccer.

Posted by Tom June 11, 10 02:16 PM

South Africa, you did well in todays game, Great Country, Great People
I am a Canadian and spent three years in RSA, miss that place so much!

Posted by Jay June 11, 10 02:18 PM

Beautiful pictures makes me miss South Africa! Good luck boys!

Posted by Este June 11, 10 02:37 PM

I would like to address Rob England,
Your judgements are rooted in ignorance. Don’t presume to know what my county is about after spending a week driving around looking through the windows of your comfy rented car.
Maybe you should have tried interacting with the people of this nation. You would have noticed that we are well on the road to moving on from the apartheid stigma that the rest of the world will not let us forget and keeps crucifying us for. I AM SICK OF IT.
I DID spend 5 years living in Europe and actually made the effort to embrace a different culture. Every country in the world has their good and bad, yours too. I will not go into the detail of the bad I experienced in your county. Firstly I feel it is in bad taste, doing it from this platform and secondly I find you get much more fulfillment from life when you celebrate the good and where you find bad to try and be part of the solution instead of being negative.

Arrived at magnificent Joburg airport a week ago, keen to see plenty matches. Rented car, drove around, saw thousands of shanties tucked away, open drains, squalor, sick kids, resentful hungry people, no work. Black big shots in fancy cars, suburban whites in barricaded houses, heard gunshots, saw cars shooting red lights, suicide driving.
Back at airport waiting to board plane home (UK). Gave spending money to sick family near Soweto. Can't enjoy football in this contrived, false environment. Goodbye Africa.
Posted by Rob England June 11, 2010 07:57 AM

Posted by Mariska June 11, 10 03:47 PM

Beautiful pictures, beautiful people and beautiful country. I'm happy for South Africa and the whole African continent. I will be rooting for my home team, Spain, but I also wish the best to the host team.

Posted by Celia June 11, 10 03:51 PM

We are proud of our country. South Africa still the best place in the world.

Posted by lulu padotan June 11, 10 04:18 PM

Every country has its problems and SA is no exception. Never the less it has made massive strides since getting rid of the hated "apartheid" without a bloody revolution. Nelson Mandela has shown the world how to respond to adversity, preached tolerance and understanding, and how to love your neighbour.
We need to support SA not only now with the World Cup but with future investment to reduce the massive rate of unemployment, to help in its fight against HIV/AIDS and to visit SA and to spend your holidays in the most beautiful and unique country in the world.
Try adopting a township school or contribute to an orphanage.
The children of SA are its future

Posted by Professor Brian Lieberman June 11, 10 05:20 PM

Thank you for being such gracious hosts South Africa, AYOBA.
I will be pulling for USA to do well. I hope RSA does well too. I can't wait to catch all the great matches. World Cup is FINALLY here!! Enjoy it world!

Posted by Carlos from Tampa June 11, 10 05:20 PM

Better you went back. If you can't see the happiness in that country and understand the impact of this event, then you are in fact wasting your time being there.

God Bless You for giving your money away... ever heard that old proverb (not verbatim but something along the lines of): If you give a hungry man a fish, you fill his stomach now. If you teach a hungry man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

This event is creating opportunities for thousands of poor people that not there.

Go home. better that way.

VIVA SOUTH AFRICA! I love you and will work for you forever!

Posted by Christina June 11, 10 05:35 PM

Napred Srbijo, samo napred

Posted by Brane June 11, 10 05:41 PM


Posted by ROSE DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA June 11, 10 05:54 PM

Viva South Africa. We welcome the world to our shores.

Posted by Eden June 11, 10 06:06 PM

So very proud to call myself South African. May this game unite our beautiful nation.

Posted by Tim Ramsden June 11, 10 07:31 PM

From Sydney I was glued to the TV, watching MY country achieve what so many thought could not be done! Well done, guys, you have made us all SO proud! All South Africans living away from home are united as one in our wish that this is only the beginning of a glorious future for South Africa!

Posted by Marion June 11, 10 08:26 PM

Today I went to a pub in Joburg to watch the opening match, having returned to SA from a long time abroad. I am so proud to be a South African, and I get the feeling this is a common trait among South Africans these days. After 19 years traveling and working around the world this is still my home and my country. What made me most proud is that today proved that South Africa is what it is - ultimately wonderful, free-thinking, kind and encompassing of all its differences and different people. Sure, we have our communities, but to tell the honest truth these days we all get along pretty well. Joburg is a multiracial and multicultural melting pot on the whole of the best possible nature. And no matter what Cape Town remains by FAR and away the most beautiful city on earth - no argument. The world is still living in the past, not South Africa any more. We are a democracy and we are all South Africans - today proved that. My Afrikaner friends initiated the national anthem and my black friends said they sang Xhosa better than they did - which is probably true since they were Sotho, but in fact given the private schools they went to they really only speak English most of the time anyway...

Posted by Mark June 11, 10 09:08 PM

You have done us proud South Africa. United you shall stand. Always remember how this has brought your nation together as one. Good luck Bafana Bafana.

Posted by Smith June 11, 10 09:42 PM

Viva! South Africa Viva!
You all have done well i am so proud. God protect you all during this fantastic event share your love with the world as they have come HOME. For my Brothers and Sisters still living in poverty and hardship my heart and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Novelyn Johannes June 11, 10 10:59 PM

So impressed with all the work and pulling together South Africa! Awesome pics, thanks from a new SA expat in Australia.

Posted by Liesl June 11, 10 11:26 PM

I love the world cup i remember when i was 7 years old that world cup and I was listning to the radio the scores and actually went to the game johanesburg is a wonderfull place toooooooo!!!!!!!!!

Posted by jacob June 11, 10 11:43 PM

Go SA,play your best and even if the results are not always what you want,you have done the country proud

Posted by Sandra Nel June 12, 10 12:46 AM

Well done Bafana Bafana... we are so proud of you. I wish I could be there for the feel good moments. Those wonderful photo's make me miss SA. Well done South Africa for putting together a fabulous spectacle!!

Posted by Erica Alheit June 12, 10 02:07 AM

Wow what great pictures I would be proud to be South African. It must be how I felt when the Olympics where in Vancouver. Very emotional and very proud of my city and counrty.
Way to go South Africa have a great World Cup experience!

Posted by Sharon Hughes June 12, 10 02:08 AM


Posted by mag June 12, 10 02:11 AM

Amazing....amazing.....Jo'burg is the place to be in supporting SOUTH AFRICA....they did us proud last night.

Posted by Anonymous June 12, 10 02:56 AM

Fantastic !!!!

Posted by Gerard Schumacher June 12, 10 03:05 AM

I wish to address Rob England. # 565. You are back in the UK now, having beaten a retreat from South Africa because your moral compass determined you go back home. Well now. You may wish to spend your time now travelling round UK's forgotten and distressingly sad council estates, crack dives, ASBO shelters and hoodie havens. Perhaps give them a few pounds of your money as you did the sick family in Soweto? Don't worry about being patronising. I'm sure the ASBOS will swell with gratitude...before giving you a good upper cut and filching your wallet and cellphone.
Rob, take it easy on your comments and save them for your own country. They need you, because if you are representative of Englishmen, your country is truly bankrupt in every way.

Posted by Kathryn Payton June 12, 10 03:46 AM

Bafana, Bafana! Awesome effort last night in the opening match. The first goal of the tournament and so close to a win. You guys have transformed your game and all credit to you and the coach. I am hoarse this morning, as are most of the fans that packed Perseverance Tavern in Cape Town yesterday afternoon.

Posted by Paul - Cape Town June 12, 10 03:56 AM


Posted by Cindy June 12, 10 04:13 AM

Exhausted but unbelievably proud after Friday's events. Man, that match was tense! Well done to our guys for 2 splendid performances yesterday and these photos are beautiful and capture so much of the wonder of this country. thank God I'm alive to be part of this!

Posted by Steve June 12, 10 04:22 AM

Well done for yesterday boys! You did us proud. South Africa is such an amazing country to live in. Wow!!!! (Ayoba)
Please, if you going to be negative about our country, try staying here for more than two seconds and get your facts straight!

Posted by Andrea June 12, 10 04:33 AM

Awesome pictures! We are all so proud of South Africa!
Let's keep it up and make our country great!

Posted by Moana June 12, 10 05:12 AM

More than proud to be a SOUTH AFRICAN !!! We are centered in the middle of the World Right Now ... All Eyes on our Nation... Nothing can Stop Us !! No Matter wether we Win,Loose or Draw Our Boys Bafana Bafana have swollen our Hearts Pride .... No words but Over Welmed !!!
Thank you Madiba !!!

Posted by 1cent June 12, 10 05:58 AM

Because I am in the UK for a few months and missing all the soccer fun, I am grateful for these amazing images which are a great reflection of the terrific vibe that is in the country at the moment. Thank you! Really am proud to be a South African!

Posted by Susan Gillett June 12, 10 06:18 AM

PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN, I am so proud of our country pulling off the preparation of the stadiums, roads, public transport... SA you rock. Go Bafana Bafana, we love you!!

Posted by Janine June 12, 10 06:20 AM

This looks like being the best world cup there has been - the SA people are behind the whole competition not just themselves. Shame they couldnt hold on for a win last night - i really hope they get through their group.
It must be great to be a SA right now !

Posted by john June 12, 10 06:28 AM

I've been robbed, smash and grabbed and I've had family murdered, and still I stay on, it's so easy to hate and so hard to love. Please let this unite us, we need this, I feel so proud to see yellow and green flying high, we can do this!!! Show the world what it means to be Proudly South African! God bless and keep us safe.

Posted by Sam June 12, 10 09:01 AM

good 呜呜都拉

Posted by Anonymous June 12, 10 09:18 AM

This is only the beginning for better things to come.I am proud to be S.African in Denmark, I can walk with my head up high and be in cloud 9:)
Awesome Pictures, absolutely breath Taking. This is our moment to shine fellow S.Africans.Good luck Bafana Bafana:)))))))

Posted by Shandre Kirsten June 12, 10 09:35 AM

We are just the most stunning, innovative, creative, friendly, smartest. spirited, cutest, sexiest, bleddie oulike people on the face of the earth. One nation after all!!! Yebo!

Posted by Jen & Elsa June 12, 10 10:12 AM

T%hankyou for this magnificent display. We are surely very proud to be South African, and we pray for our Bafana Bafana, as well as all other teams.

Posted by Anne Thomson June 12, 10 12:50 PM

From the day the stadiums were being build or renovated and untill the last brick was in place...... a superb job done.From the day concert and opening ceremony was planned and untill the last note was was superb. This WC proves we Can ALL live together in peace and hormony. A short while ago, us whites would have never gone to Soweto, and look at us now,... in Soweto with our Vuvuzelas,Makarapas & the SA flag. Thanks to all for making it happen. BOFANA BOFANA....GOOD LUCK AND KICK ASS. to all negative people......... go and suck some rotten eggs...

Posted by Marc Sweeck June 12, 10 01:13 PM

Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

Posted by Marc Sweeck June 12, 10 01:15 PM

Belgie is er niet bij maar toch PROVICIAT "Zuid Afrika !!!

Posted by Maes Jackie-Belgium. June 12, 10 01:45 PM

Well it's taken time to get here - but it's here. And it's been worth the wait! As those pictures show, the stadiums are just amazing - but what you don't see is the incredible amount of infrastructure that has gone on in the background to make it all happen. Stunning 1st goal Bafana Bafana showing the way. England USA now....... Go England

Posted by Christopher June 12, 10 02:11 PM

OMG i love all the pictures!!! very stunning

Posted by langitcrew June 12, 10 02:18 PM

Nice Photographs!!!

Posted by Ana Livier June 12, 10 02:54 PM

Wow, these pics are amazing

Posted by Anonymous June 12, 10 03:48 PM

It all looks amazing and I truly wish I was there to be a part of it. I get goose bumps every time I see images of all the excitement! I hope things go well all the way throught the tournament. Well done South Africa and good luck to Bafana Bafana and the Socceroos!!

Posted by Homesick in Australia June 12, 10 05:49 PM

ayobaness tina siyatshisa kakhulu eish

Posted by a mpofu June 12, 10 05:57 PM

The pictures are amazing and bring back some happy memories of South Africa.If only the crime and corruption would stop, it would be a perfect country.

Posted by Shirley Schwartz June 12, 10 06:17 PM

A proud South African, currently in Vancouver Canada, enjoying the spectacle of the emotion, absolute joy & solidarity shown in all the TV programs being flighted here from the World Cup. But I'm pleased I'm not sitting in a magnificent stadium being deafened by vuvuzelas!! GOOD LUCK BAFANA & KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! YOUR NEXT GAMES WILL HOPEFULLY BE WINS!

Posted by Naomi June 12, 10 11:13 PM

I now live in Australia, but looking at how South Africa have gone about preparing for this Soccer World Cup is amazing. It is my country of birth, and I will always love SA and miss it madly. God Bless Africa and all the very best for the wonderful times that lie ahead for this World Cup, and beyond!
Go Bafana Bafana!!

Posted by Michael Underhill June 13, 10 12:02 AM

Guess who will win the champion ?
it will be the turn of a South American team. either Brazil or Argentina will win ...:P

Posted by muslih zahir June 13, 10 02:45 AM

Great pictures. Keep on shooting such awesome pics and have a great time in south africa.

best regards from germany

Posted by Andy June 13, 10 03:51 AM

Let's Feel it! It is Here! ... IkamvaYouth's Ayoba winter schools begin on Monday!

Can you feel it? Excitement is building in the lead-up to IkamvaYouth's annual winter schools, which launch on Monday 14th June 2010. Amidst much flag-waving and vuvuzela blowing, ikamvanites (IkamvaYouth's inspiring learners and volunteers) are closing the gap created by an unequal education system in crisis.

Over 500 learners from some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged areas - Khayelitsha, Masiphumelele and Nyanga (in the Western Cape), Ebony/Ivory Park (in Gauteng) and Molweni and the greater Cato Manor area (in KZN) - will be embarking on a 2-week holiday programme to get the grades, information and support they need to access tertiary education and employment. Joining them will be over 100 volunteer tutors, mentors and workshop facilitators. IkamvaYouth's volunteers are mostly university students (many of them former IkamvaYouth learners), as well as international volunteers (from Brazil, USA, France and England) and subject specific professionals.

IkamvaYouth is holding five holiday programmes, which will be hosted by 3 universities - University of the Wetsern Cape (UWC), TSiBA, and Durban University of Technology (DUT) - the Masiphumelele library and the Siyakhula Centre in Ebony Park. All have generously availed their facilities and support free of charge.

“IkamvaYouth is a by-youth, for-youth innovative grassroots response to South Africa's education crisis. The Ikamvanites give us hope and make us feel inspired and proud,” says IkamvaYouth chairperson Leigh Meinert.

The schedules are packed with small-group tutoring sessions and up to six different workshops occurring at each winter school simultaneously. During the mornings, the focus is intensive academic intervention which is critical for improving learner achievement. Tutors work with learners in small groups, and provide real-time feedback in response to areas of difficulty identified through mock exams and testing. The afternoons are filled with a range of enriching workshops and excursions. This year, ikamvanites will engage in computer literacy classes, science pracs and workshops on a range topics including leadership developoment, HIV-awareness, creative writing, photography, debating, yoga and numerous other interesting activities such as online video conferences with Brazilian youth (the next hosts for the World Cup 2014). Learners will go on excursions to interesting places including Kirstenbosch Gardens and the Sci Bono centre. They will attend and participate in talent shows, photography exhibitions and soccer matches.

More impressive than the scope and quality of programme delivery are IkamvaYouth's results. In a country where the far majority of learners achieve far below grade level, IkamvaYouth's matric pass rate has been between 87% and 100% each year since 2005. More than 70% of the last two matric groups gained access to tertiary education (compared to the township average of around 5%).

“South Africa's education challenges are not insurmountable”, says IkamvaYouth co-founder Joy Olivier. “The world has watched us build world-class stadiums, and I'm hoping it will continue watching as we ensure our schools have libraries, science labs and windows.” While the World Cup highlights South Africa's extreme inequality and contradictions, it is also bringing people together. It's reminding us that amazing things happen here, of our unity and the fact that we can make a massive, consistent noise with vuvuzelas. We're not only hosting the world, we're developing the people who are going to make it a better place.

Ikamvanites are AYOBA! Come Join Ikamva Youth and be a part of equipping township learners for their future. ( for details).

Posted by Joy Olivier June 13, 10 04:05 AM


Posted by FRANK June 13, 10 05:52 AM

Rob England - You are a sad, patronising and ignorant excuse for a human being! we in South Africa have lived with the pain of what you saw and much, much more. Yet, we try to move forward and jaundiced people like you think that you can come along and judge! How truly sad I feel for you that you did not spend some REAL time with us in our country and learn some humility. Stay where you belong in your cold, sad and miserable world, whilst we enjoy the love that exists in our country - we will pray for you. We as South Africans will never give up, despite the judgement of those who have not lived through what we ALL have!

Posted by Vanessa June 13, 10 07:32 AM

Totally AWESOME!!!!!I love south africa!!!!!!!!

Posted by Urika June 13, 10 07:47 AM

Congratulations, South Africa, you have done it. What wonderful pictures. Would love to be there to experience it all.

Posted by Anthea June 13, 10 07:51 AM

I love all my fellow South Africans...we stand united in the green and gold....we, all of us of all colours, love each other far more than the UITLANDERS ( outsiders) know...all you negative thinkers who bad-mouth us, put all your bad vibes into a packet and burn it! In my deepest being, I hold the hands of all my Soth African BROTHERS and SISTERS and cheer our great country and our brave team. We are having JOY!!

Posted by Merri Bayne June 13, 10 09:29 AM


Posted by Anonymous TEXAS. June 13, 10 10:37 AM

What a good game South Africa played really well, good luck for the next game wish we could be there to join in the celebrations.

Posted by Cludia from Australia June 13, 10 10:43 AM

see u there...hola...!!! hola...!!!

Posted by pak nan June 13, 10 11:12 AM

What a wonderful vibe and atmosphere we are all feeling right now in South Africa. We are so proud and have achieved so much and come so far! What a beautiful country with fantastic people who are all united and giving 100% support behind this awesome event. WE DID IT!! To all our visitors, make the most of our country and enjoy everything that we have to offer. Thanks for the most amazing pictures!!! GO BAFANA BAFANA.

Posted by Sam vd Berg June 13, 10 12:19 PM

Never in my life have I been this proud of being a South African! Go BAFANA, will support you all the way!!!

Posted by Nellis Basson June 13, 10 12:37 PM

Great going South Africa - makes me homesick for Cape Town a city I love. Hope the goodwill among all peoples will continue. Hopefully this will be a giant step forward for South Africa

Posted by Shirley Goodman/Lazarow/Miller-Lee June 13, 10 01:24 PM

This is to Terry of post #547,
More South Africans return home than leave. As testiment to our pioneering and brave spirit we wander the world only to find that nothing beats the spirit in our african soil where poverty and crime are a reality; but unlike your attitude we true south africans dont wait for a solution just from governnment but have a society of capable individuals who be the chage they want to see in their communities.govt is one solution , we accept responsibility for our beautiful land and take action- unlike those that leave and critise from a distance,
terry your world can get on with it's opinion but south africans are too busy enjoying the overwhelming passion and energy that thrives in all our hearts and souls.

Posted by licia June 13, 10 01:32 PM

RSA rocks, Africa rocks, welcome world!

Posted by Catch June 13, 10 01:49 PM

RSA rocks, Africa rocks, welcome world!

Posted by Catch June 13, 10 01:56 PM

I am both happy and sad to see the beautiful pictures of the world cup preparation, many familiar sites/sights. Many bury their heads in the sand and will not admit the truth. I understand how much those who are stuck in South Africa want to believe that spending this enormous amount of money and resources on the World cup will create a long term and thriving economy, bringing sustainability to the region, rather than draining the economy of its resources.
There has been a boom as the economy has been focused on delivering the world cup to the exclusion of much else, hiding reality. It needs to be recognised that there is no need for all these stadiums after the world cup, the massive electricity and water needs, the cost of upkeep and higher priority needs make supporting these stadiums a big no no. It needs to be recognised that Mandela acted as a catalyst for change even though there is just as much racism from the new government who stir the pot. "pot call kettle black"
But that said, it is a tremendous achievement, I can only hope that it has not impoverished the resources of the country and put it into too much debt.
I think rather than look at the many negatives, perhaps some of the positives of spending the wealth of the country can be identified. Perhaps after the World cup there will be more demand for tourism, perhaps this will impact on the need to reduce crime and this may impact on improved education. Perhaps showing the world how beautiful South Africa is will discourage the destruction of its beauty and the government might come to realise that not all apartheid laws are bad. I do not agree with apartheid, but protecting the environment is not about apartheid it is about the future of South Africa.
Perhaps people will receive education in caring for their environment and it will not be about how many cattle they have but about protecting the resources of the country. Saving water and electricity, using greener fuels. Certainly there is a great opportunity to drive the country forward, I only hope that this opportunity will not be wasted, by more politicking.

Posted by Ben Ndabeni June 13, 10 03:08 PM

to those above who talk about 'white brains and african hands', pathetic.
it was nelson mandela who had the brains to end the stalemate and no surprise 3 of our 4 nobel peace prize winners are black. what a silly comment- straight out of the apartheid handbook- well, as black people we say- enough of that claptrap . and of course we dont think the world cup will solve our problems, david taylor, who would be so naive.? But, right now, we feel proud to be south african...and we say to the world, we who live on the southernmost tip are living here and loving it- despite the challenges.

Posted by Judith February June 13, 10 03:42 PM

This has been the most amazing weekend of fun and happiness and excitement shared by all in this beautiful country. Thanks for the great pics, Boston...
and all you ex-pats????..feel that's time to return and feel that pride from the inside of the country..... !

Posted by Ingrid June 13, 10 06:23 PM

I am extremely proud to be South African. We have a fantastic country with many wonderful people. This world cup will present us in our rainbow colours to the world stage. I pray that all goes well with the tournament. The opening ceremony was fabulous and I am pleased that South Africa scored the opening goal. WELL DONE BAFANA!! These are brilliant pictures. Wish I was there.

Posted by Brenda van Niekerk June 13, 10 06:27 PM

Good pictures,
This world cup is going to be good for Africa and it's future.
Anybody know where I can get some up to date pictures of the world cup with high definition?
Greatings from Québec canada!

Posted by Felipe June 13, 10 07:02 PM

Excellent - Loving pictures that can adorn any desktop

Posted by Hitesh June 14, 10 12:47 AM

Go on Bafana.i know you will make it.wishing all the best for the next coming games.Dont loose hope.the cup is going nowhere.

Posted by Kgabzela June 14, 10 02:07 AM

Well done SOUTH AFRICA!!! Those pics are are amazing. Go bafana bafana, make us proud!!!

Posted by Vanessa Chinsamy June 14, 10 02:15 AM

The mood is electrifying, proud to be a part of this beautiful nation. Its amazing how so many people from different cultures and upbringing can come together as one and make the 2010 FIFA world cup stand out. Well done South Africa and all the very best!!!!!!

Posted by Jules June 14, 10 02:25 AM

I am a South african and oh so proudly so in this great and defining moment in our history... to all those who are cheering South Africa on (not only the team but the people and the spirit of camaraderie) during this time ngiyabonga (translation : "Thank you" in Zulu)...
To those who aren't as supportive... we as, South Africans, will surge on creating more positivity and bridging the divides brought on by our history as we refuse to be defined by our past. We, as South Africans, do not have the luxury to judge you for the hypocrites (non-supportive observers) that you are as we will focus our energies in moving forward... However you should always bear in mind that "people in glass houses should not throw stones"...

Posted by Gugu Ngwenya June 14, 10 03:12 AM

Thanks Boston for lovely pictures. The battle against prejudice is finally being laid to rest. Citizens of the world can come together, embrace each other, have fun together and enjoy the beauty of Creation (as well as soccer) TOGETHER. For us South Africans it is time to recognise that we are GREAT. We may not have as much economic wealth as others, however we HAVE so much - we have the spirit. That is the strongest foundation for building this country. After the soccer world cup, may we use the same spirit to build our economy. Viva South Africa Viva

Posted by Vuvu Bengane June 14, 10 03:34 AM

I am very proud to be a SOUTH AFRICAN and that God has blessed me to live and be part of the this great moment and history in the making
The opening ceremony brought tears to my eyes. I was very overwhelemed
God bless MADIBA for making this Possible.

Posted by Mariam Naidoo June 14, 10 03:46 AM

The photographs are magnificent.Clearly a nation sharing an interest, sharing a people and a country.

Posted by Lewellian Matthews June 14, 10 04:18 AM

first time i heard that world cup is coming to SA,i felt........ WOW.i touched it and now im seeing it happening live.IM PROUD TO BE SA CITYZEN.

Posted by thelma June 14, 10 04:27 AM

no-one could be a prouder South African at this moment and time than ME !! It goes to show that it can be done. Nothing is impossible for us fellow South African's - we've been through enough to dwell and ponder about past issues, we've moved on and are living an AWESOME moment to be forever remembered in our history books :). Ayoba SA Ayobaness !!

Posted by Faye Wade June 14, 10 04:41 AM

"When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
So wave your flag, now wave your flag, now wave your flag"
K'naan - Waving Flag (Coca Cola Remix)

So enormously proud to live, work and play in our beautiful country! are amazing!

Posted by Janey June 14, 10 05:11 AM

Response to Rob, England (#565) : So you spent good money to come down to South Africa and watch lots of soccer. What happened to all your tickets ? You obviously have lots of money yet very little sense. Where did you drive to Rob ? I've been in SA for 28 years and must have missed the places you found. Do you spend your time in The UK looking for slums and poverty, 'cause I was there two weeks ago and there's lots of problems to be seen. Why didn't you go to The Pilanesburg National Park and see the splendour of Africa ? Shame for you Rob, shame for you !!!!!

Posted by Mickey Bee June 14, 10 05:13 AM

I love you great country, regular visitor for the last 10 years!

I was not really optimistic whether SA was going to be able to handle the WC2010, and the Vuvuzela noise is quite strange to European ears. But what SA has done is amazing and it is going to be a fantastic world cup!!

Well done, boets!!

Going to come down to SA for the last German game in group stage and will (hopefully) stay all the way to the final, and to be honest, I cannot wait!!!

Posted by Thommy June 14, 10 05:21 AM

I'm very proud to be a South African, this is really good.

Comment No. 565 by Posted by Rob England June 11, 2010 07:57 AM

You are sick moron and I wish your country dont even qualify for the knock out stages. What you are saying about our country is not true. We know you British people dont like our country and your media has reporting negetively about the progress and good work on preparation of the World Cup.

Posted by Sibusiso June 14, 10 05:21 AM

This massive event has united the Nation!!!. Reminiscent of 1995 Rugby World Cup but on a grander scale. The vibe in Jozi is absolultely amazing, flags fly from cars and houses, am glad to be a part of this feeling!!! Amazing stuff!

Posted by Mandy June 14, 10 05:22 AM

Rod England (565) and Ben Ngubani (656) you really are sad human beings....I am not a fan of 'Football" , Rugby is the game but the World needs to salute South Africa for a JOB WELL DONE - absolutely magnificent, my people are the best in the world and I am very proud to call myself a (South) AFRICAN, my colour does not matter we are all ONE and we work hard at being that, there are 4 generations in my family and proud of it - have been over to your part of the world Rob and I must say the English have never changed their opinions of themselves in all their still remain pompous, presumptious and petty....sweep your own doorstep (so to speak)!! GO BAFANA, BAFANA .

Posted by JUNE FROM JOZI June 14, 10 05:34 AM

I am not a soccer fan at all but this has been the most amazing time of my life in this beautiful country of ours. This has brought together millions of africans , so wonderful to see we all CAN get along, may this togetherness last forever. I cry for Bavana team to go all the way, Proudly S African. Beautiful photos, congratulations!!!!

Posted by Martie jelliman, Durban, South Africa June 14, 10 05:41 AM

Absolutely electrifying. World Class. I am proud to be a South African.

Posted by Liz Faught June 14, 10 05:46 AM

To Rob "England"

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.

Posted by harry June 14, 10 06:07 AM

There's never been greater pride and joy to being South African than right now..this surpasses so many events we've had in the past as a nation. I've never seen so much unity over "a game of ball"'s FANTASTIC :-)
SA Super rocks

Posted by Cat June 14, 10 06:07 AM

To the World that said we couldn't do it, I think South Africa have pulled it off brilliantly. Well Done!!!

Posted by Deborah June 14, 10 06:16 AM

Viva Bafana Bafana

Posted by Patrick June 14, 10 06:18 AM

0=============== Go Bafana...!!!

Posted by John - Hout Bay June 14, 10 06:19 AM

Rob England....I think you arrived in our wonderful country looking for the negatives,similar to your Sky News T.V.reporter and your awful Tabloid newspapers which we will prove wrong.Yes, we do have problems so why didn't you stay here, visit the entire country, and do something constructive other than handing out your spending money to a poor family.Did it make you feel good? What about all the families that did not benefit? Didn't think of that,did you!!!!
I visit your country annually and my observations make me realize your problems are only beginning.
We, who live and were born here will continue to make it one of the finest countries in the World.
Enjoy the World Cup from the comfort of your armchair.I hope your team gets a thrashing !!!!

Posted by Clive June 14, 10 06:21 AM

Photo No.15 is Fish Hoek, on the Cape Peninsula. It is where I grew up. Great to see it still looking so good. The pictures are fantastic. I now live in the UK and still miss it.

Posted by Deborah June 14, 10 06:25 AM

These pictures are making me cry! They help me know what it is to be a South African. I am so proud of my country and all we are achieving.

Posted by Wendy June 14, 10 07:02 AM

Go South Africa. You have done something truly amazing. This world cup will unite South Africa in every way. The aftermath of the world cup will be seen for many years to come, with many expats like myself, living in Australia, wanting to come back to visit our beautiful country, to see for ourselves how this wonderful nation of ours has been transformed by the world cup. South Africa, be proud, you deserve it. This is your time of glory.

Posted by Chris Dold June 14, 10 07:24 AM

we will sapport our local African Soccer teams in faver of the African soil!
To the visitors we also support you guy first support Home sweet home teams.

Posted by Lwazi Mngenela June 14, 10 07:32 AM

I am proudly SA! I feel the 'gees' (spirit). Attended the first match (France vs Uruguay) in Cape Town and experience was awesome! Thank you all. SA as the host you have been excellent - keep it up for the rest of the WC games.

Posted by Rayasu June 14, 10 07:49 AM

we are a long way from where we were and still a long way from where we ought to be, but the distance we have covered in 16 years is massive, Rob from UK, what have you done for your country to be where it is today? have you thought of why we are where we are today as a country? We will relentlessly continue building this country of ours from the ravage caused by those before us who thought like you, good thing you left because we don't need you in this Country of ours, good luck with everything mate.

Posted by Mahlatse wa ga Mathebula June 14, 10 08:50 AM

I felt privileged and blessed to be sitting in the stadium as we played Mexico. I was humbled by the passion of our country as we rallied behind Bafana Bafana. Looking back at all the tournaments in various sports we have staged, the opening match was by far the best match I've ever been a part of. From the screaming fans, synchronised vuvuselas, to the unity of our country!!! After all the long hours spent in JHB traffic, the chips on my windscreen from the roadworks, it was all worth it!! Go BAFANA BAFANA, NKA!!!

Thank you for the beautiful pictures and please continue snapping away!!!

To all the tourists, welcome!!! Have a fantastic time in our beautiful country and enjoy our warm winter!!

Posted by Michael T Lebona June 14, 10 08:51 AM

Hello Rob, I'm happy that you made it back safely to the UK where you belong.I bet your neighbours were very happy to see you.
A word of advice: Don't go to the next World Cup in Brazil, because you will once again be on the plane in 5 days.
Keep your blog in a safe place, because you will only have to change a few place names and then you can post it again in four years time. Just send them a cheque for the poor, sick family.
We will miss your sunny disposition and are truely sad that we will not catch you on your next whistle-stop fact finding mission to our country.

Posted by Pierre June 14, 10 08:57 AM

What most people dont know is that South Africa has hosted a record breaking 7 or more World Cup Events: Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Soccer World Cup, Golf World Cup, Womens Golf World Cup x2, T20 Cricket World Cup to name a few. Which other country in the World has managed that in 15 years? Thats we are proud to be South African!!!!

Posted by Neville June 14, 10 09:08 AM

Dear Rob England. # 565, I just checked SKY News website and found some headlines from UK you might want to look into when you get home.
All best & I wish you speedy return home.
PS If you have any more cash lying around send it our way :-)

*******Headlines on SKY TV website about the UK.**********

----The family of gunman Derrick Bird unites in grief at the funeral of his twin brother, David.

----Man Charged With Sex Attack On Girl, 10

----Four People Injured In Nightclub Shooting

----Top Economist Warns Of 'Double Dip' Recession

----Up to 44% of suicides committed by 10 to 14-year-olds are as a result of bullying, according to new research.

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Posted by Ryan June 14, 10 09:23 AM

# 565 It is good that you went back home, we don't need people like you here in our South Africa. Everybody is working towards a South Africa that all South Africans can be proud off and if you cannot see everything positive that has been done, good ridance.

We are proud to be South Africans, black or white, green or yellow.

The pictures above are awesome and inspiring.

Posted by Hettie Bailey June 14, 10 09:43 AM
696. cool pict here,,,that's tell side of the field,,,something make Africa is exist now

Posted by Danu Bratakusuma June 14, 10 10:01 AM

Wonderful...just wonderful photos...

of course, there are soo many pro's/con's to hosting such an event...but joy seems real...


Posted by Shalin June 14, 10 10:21 AM

I am an American pediatrician, proud to call South Africa my "second home." South Africans of all races are kind, generous people, rightfully proud of their country. South Africa's children are hopeful and excited about the future, no matter what their living situation may be. I've been comng to South Africa for the past 13 years, and I see a country that in many ways the rest of the world can learn from...including the real definition of compassion and forgiveness. Good luck South Africa in the World Cup. Thank you for welcoming the world to your beautiful home!

Posted by Gene June 14, 10 10:45 AM

went to soweto on the 10th for the concert, it was off the hook...the after party at the nearby house was held by a white guy:Paul.he played for everyone who came back from the stadium.It was amazing everyone was there, who enjoys versatile atmosphere of course, we partied til wee to all those who are finding S.A unbearable, please just leave our country in peace and dont post nasty comments, cos after all the joint effort put to make this a wonderful experience for everyone, you are just ruining the spirit for all!!
Halala Mzansi, you are the best!!!!!!!

Posted by Stouter#1 June 14, 10 10:57 AM

Thank you Lord for your Favour on South Africa we are a Blessed Nation But praises to GOD for HE HAVE A GREAT COUNTRY. VIVA BAFANA VIVA -- WE PRAYING FOR YA'LL.
message to Rob England....keep a pure white silk sheet infront of you "what do you see??? how beautifull is the pure white...! now prick your finger let off a drop of blood onto it "what do you see now?? the red dot of blood forgotten about the beauty u have just seen in the sheet...that is your mentality....change it there is bad in every country. it is what difference can you make to change it. Unfortunately you came to South Africa not to enjoy the World Cup but to see the bad in the country your motive was wrong you have found what u were looking for. Go visit someone and if you going to look for the dust in the house ...!!! ....yes you going to find a spot that the housewife did not dust off...... change your attitude.

Posted by Southy June 14, 10 11:08 AM

Rob England! You pretentious, judgemental, blinkered, jaded and sad little smudge of a man. Are you blind! Don't you see a proud, vibrant, progressive and modest country? A nation that imposed the worst and offered the best to it's people, hated and forgiven, fought and built, argued and agreed. A nation that holds the remains of some of humans earliest ancestors and has proudly lead the world, not only in heart surgery, but in human rights and human dignity. Nyabona?

SA is alone in having dismantled its nuclear weapons capability. How many other countries have rejected the use anti-personnel mines because of the endless, indiscriminate injury and suffering they cause?

The South African constitution is one of the finest in the world. Lastly, in all of recorded history you struggle to find leaders of greater wisdom, compassion, integrity and humility than the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mr Nelson Mandela. Nkosi sikilele iAfrica, Nkosi sikilele Mzanzi, Nkosi sikilele Madiba. Viva Bafana Bafana viva!!!

Posted by Colin, Jo'burg June 14, 10 11:10 AM

To Rob England ( comment 565 ), Pray tell how long where you here to make this assesment, and where did you go to hear the 'gunshots" A week!!!!!!!!!... hell I'm so very glad you have gone back to where you came from the UK.....your views seems like the pot calling the kettle black. whats more people like you who stay in glass houses should not throw stones..... I have a precious family living in the UK, they have been robbed, nailed by hoodies and are exposed to lazy people living off the doll not because they have to but out of choice....totally NAFI one would think.
Sound like you must have been in touch with that strange newspaper from the UK that says the England team are staying in Rustenburg and are been exposed to untold amounts of poisonous snakes whilst training ..... I weep for you my friend and pray daily for your country to catch a wake up call and smell the roses....On a more positive note, thanks to all the wonderful English people I have met over the years who have made South Africa their home and continue to contribute to our wonderful Rainbow nation in a very positive way

Posted by Eric June 14, 10 11:21 AM

Fantastic photos... great game...& the atmosphere is just tomuckinfuch... wow!!!! pity I could not convince my new Ozzi wife to postpone our wedding in Cape Town in Dec. '09 to June 2010 .. miss the Cape .... (30yrs now )

Posted by Archie June 14, 10 11:50 AM

Dear World Cup visitors, ( AND THE ROB ENGLAND'S OF THIS WORLD )

Now that you are safely in our country you are no doubt happily realising you are not in a war zone. This may be in stark contrast to what you have been bracing yourself for should you have listened to Uli Hoeness or are an avid reader of English tabloids, which as we all know are only good for wrapping fish ‘n chips and advancing the careers of large-chested teens on page three.
As you emerge blinking from your luxury hotel room into our big blue winter skies, you will surely realise you are far more likely to be killed by kindness than by a stray bullet. Remember that most of the media reports you have read, which have informed your views on South Africa, will have been penned by your colleagues. And you know what journos are like, what with their earnest two thousand word opuses on the op-ed pages designed to fix this country’s ills in a heartbeat. Based on exhaustive research over a three-day visit.
Funnily enough, we are well aware of the challenges we face as a nation and you will find that 95% of the population is singing from the same song-sheet in order to ensure we can live up to our own exacting expectations.
We are also here to look after you and show you a good time. Prepare to have your preconceived notions well and truly shattered.
For instance, you will find precious few rhinos loitering on street corners, we don’t know a guy in Cairo named Dave just because we live in Johannesburg, and our stadiums are magnificent, world-class works of art.
Which is obviously news to the Sky TV sports anchor who this week remarked that Soccer City looked ‘ a bit of a mess’. She didn’t realize the gaps in the calabash exterior are to allow in natural light and for illumination at night, and not the result of vandalism or negligence.
The fact that England, the nation which safely delivered Wembley Stadium two years past its due date, is prepared to offer us South Africans advice on stadium-readiness should not be surprising. The steadiest stream of World Cup misinformation has emanated from our mates the Brits over the past couple of years.
If it’s not man-eating snakes lurking in Rooney’s closet at the team’s (allegedly half-built) Royal Bafokeng training base, then it’s machete-wielding gangs roaming the suburbs in search of tattooed, overweight Dagenham dole-queuers to ransack and leave gurgling on the pavement.
In fact what you are entering is the world’s most fascinating country, in my opinion. I’m pretty sure you will find that it functions far more smoothly, is heaps more friendly and offers plenty more diversions than you could possibly have imagined.
In addition to which, the population actually acts like human beings, and not like they are being controlled by sinister forces from above which turns them into bureaucratically-manipulated robots.
Plus we have world’s most beautiful women. The best weather. Eight channels of SuperSport. Food and wine from the gods themselves. Wildlife galore. (Love the Dutch team’s bus slogan: “Don’t fear the Big 5; fear the Orange 11”).
Having said all that, Jo’burg is undoubtedly one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Just ask those Taiwanese tourists who got out of their hire car to take close-up snaps of tawny beasts at the Lion Park a few years back. Actually, ask what’s left of them. And did you know the chances of being felled by cardiac arrest from devouring a mountain of meat at one of our world class restaurants has been statistically proven to be 33.3% higher in Jozi than in any other major urban centre not built upon a significant waterway? It’s true. I swear. I read it in a British tabloid.
Having recently spent two years comfortably cocooned in small town America, I’m only too aware of how little much of the outside world knows about this country. The American channel I used to work for has a massive battalion of employees descending on World Cup country. It has also apparently issued a recommendation to its staff to stay in their hotels when not working.
Given that said corporation is headquartered in a small town which many say is “best viewed through the rear-view mirror”, I find the recommendation, if it’s true, to be utterly astounding. In fact I don’t believe it is true. Contrary to the global stereotype, the best Americans are some of the sharpest people in the world. The fact they have bought most tickets in this World Cup proves the point.
Of course I have only lived in Johannesburg, city of terror and dread, virtually all my life, so don’t have the in-depth knowledge of say, an English broadsheet journalist who has been in the country for the weekend, but nevertheless I will share some of my observations gleaned over the years.
Any foreign tourist or media representative who is worried about his safety in South Africa should have a word with the Lions rugby fans from last year, or the Barmy Army cricket supporters (lilywhite hecklers by day, slurring, lager-fuelled lobsters by night). They managed just fine, just like the hundreds of thousands of fans who have streamed into the country over the past fifteen years for various World Cups, Super 14 matches, TriNations tests and other international events. Negligible crime incidents involving said fans over said period of time.
Trivia question: which country has hosted the most global sporting events over the past decade and a half? You don’t need me to answer that, do you?
In addition. Don’t fret when you see a gaggle of freelance salesmen converge on your car at the traffic lights (or robots as we like to call them) festooned with products. You are not about to be hijacked. Here in Mzansi (nickname for SA) we do a lot of our purchasing at robots. Here you can stock up on flags, coat hangers, batteries, roses for the wife you forgot to kiss goodbye this morning and a whole host of useful merchandise.
Similarly, that guy who runs up as you park the rental car outside the pub intends no malice. He’s your car guard. Give him a buck or two and your vehicle will be safe while you refuel for hours on our cheap, splendid beer. Unless someone breaks into it, of course.
We drive on the left in this country. Exercise caution when crossing the road at a jog-trot with 15 kilograms of camera gear on your back. Exercise common sense full stop. Nothing more. Nothing less. If you want to leave wads of cash in your hotel room like our Colombian friends, don’t be surprised if it grows wings.
Bottomline. Get out there and breathe in great lusty lungfuls of this amazing nation. Tuck into our world-class food and wines. Disprove the adage that white men can’t dance at our throbbing, vibrant night-clubs. Learn to say hello in all eleven official languages. Watch at least one game in a township. You will not be robbed and shot. You will be welcomed like a lost family member and looked after as if you are royalty. Ask those Bulls rugby fans who journeyed to Soweto recently.
With a dollop of the right attitude, this country will change your life.
It’s Africa’s time. Vacate your hotel room. Join the party.
Waka waka eh eh.

acknowledged letter from a friend...

Posted by Eric Fookes June 14, 10 12:08 PM

South Africa....1 "goal" - live the glory, the glory is living the "goal"... You have made us Proud....Viva SA, Madiba, Bafana!!!
To all the visitors...enjoy our country, then go home and "make da circle(world) beeger"!

Posted by Renate' June 14, 10 01:13 PM

I love the World Cup, but I hate that VUVUZELA...

Posted by cmiuc June 14, 10 01:29 PM

Amazing photo's. Just what South Africa needs to become a united country. Hope it continues long after the world cup has finished

Posted by debbie June 14, 10 03:20 PM

To all those that are rising up to 'Rob England' he does not exist - he never did nor did he visit. He or she is cuddled up in his house share in a squshed south london flat with about 12 other disgruntled young south african folk hiding there because they can't find work her or don't like this or that. Rob England represents the very worst of south africa; the retreating paranoid young white (wo)man scared and jealous of his own country screwed up by his racist father no doubt - damage done.
@ Rob England - change your mind, come home its great here. If you can't change then jolly old England is all yours.

Posted by Andrew June 14, 10 03:45 PM

am really missing my country now that the World Cup is on & the atmosphere is electric. What exquisite pics ! Really cannot wait to visit my colourful country again. We are living in Italy for a few years but definitely plan to come back home ! Bafana Bafana - you have made us proud ! VIVA SA & the boyz

Posted by Lara June 14, 10 03:50 PM

Wonderful pictures. And what a brilliant job South Africa has done to pull this off. Centre of the world - again! It goes to show that all the critism and bad press regarding this competition being held in that country is all just hogwash - jealously and envy I would suggest by others. Go South Africa...fabulous

Posted by Robert Hutton, New Zealand June 14, 10 04:19 PM

@704 - Eric Fookes

Eric you legend you!!

I seriously want to publish your letter on our site in it's entirety. Please drop a note into the contact form at blabla dot coza or mail me via info at blabla dot coza, or via a reply comment here with some details and a yes/no.

Posted by Greg June 14, 10 05:56 PM

Amazing pictures !!! Congratulations !!!

Posted by Manuel Wug June 14, 10 06:04 PM

I don't really care what Rob from England has to say. However I find it odd how intolerant people are of others opinions. No where did he attack anyones' views. That was one persons outlook and that person has the right to express it. It's amazing. You #701 are a part of the problem in this world.

Posted by wigs June 14, 10 06:41 PM

Love watching the World Cup...well done South Africa you've done a great job in organizing the event..Good luck to Bafana Bafana...Cheers !!!!

Victor Williams.

Posted by Victor Williams June 14, 10 08:39 PM

MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ren Kan June 14, 10 08:53 PM

Nothing annoys me more when EX South Africans or one time Media visitors who run down the marvelous country that SA really is. Despite the much publicized difficulties the country has SA continually demonstrates that it can match anywhere in the world with their planning and preparation skills and above all their determination to enhance the country as a first world operator and create a Quality of Life as good as anywhere else. The 2010 world Cup development and organization once more proves we can match and perform ahead of all others when it comes bringing people of all Nationality, Faith and Color together and enjoy everything around them with a spirit unmatched by our critics. As a British Citizen now in Australia and an ex Pat who has lived and worked in SA on two separate periods in my life I am indeed never surprised at what they have achieved and look forward to the day when I can return to this magnificent country and its people. To Rob and Ben shame on you both.

Posted by David Flatman June 14, 10 09:36 PM

Fantastic pics - well done - makes me very homesick - despite having Biltong specially flown in for the event - sorry no Lion or Castle here - Tiger is a poor substitute !!

Here in Shanghai, China - all the top expat bars are showing the games live in wide screen TV even at 2.30 am !!

Great event and proud to be a South African


Posted by David Thornton June 14, 10 09:36 PM

we have been 31 years in sydney australia... cape town is still beautiful...although we are all well settled in sydney and cannot travel back to cape town ever again

Posted by grandmacool June 14, 10 11:29 PM

Excelentes imágenes!!! Me gusta el punto de vista de bostonnnn
Saludos de Argentina

Posted by diego June 15, 10 12:31 AM

WOW South Africa has suprised the whole world... I am proud to be a South African... Go Bafana Bafana... your country is supporting you. We know you will make us proud.

Posted by Lisa-Mari June 15, 10 02:14 AM

WOW Amazing pictures! so proudly South African!

Posted by Daksha Mahabeer June 15, 10 02:51 AM

Baie baie mooi!!!! Beautiful!

Posted by Luzanne June 15, 10 03:14 AM

Amazing pix, love it!
I was in Pretoria and Jo'burg on the 12th of June and was glad to see that the traffic was smooth and the place was peaceful.
Will visit again while my visa is still valid.

Posted by Willie C. June 15, 10 03:33 AM

I have never been a more proud South African than when we watched the opening of the games. Tears poured down my face and I could not beleive that we had actually managed to put it all together. My only hope and wish is that when the games are finished we can continue to make South Africa a world class country and stamp out corruption and crime. I hope the politicians don't let us down and work towards making this country a miracle for the world to see. Striking workers, be proud if you have a job and stop using the World cup for your own gain. The world is watching, don't mess it up.

Posted by Gina Boxley June 15, 10 03:45 AM

Watched with awe at the fantastic achievements made by South Africa towards this 2010 World Cup Soccer. Stayed glued to the TV screen as Bafana Bafana showed their skill and tenacity. It makes us proud to know that our South African Brothers and Sisters can do it despite the negativity. Suid Afrika - dus jou tyd om die wereld to wies wat Suid Afrika kan doen.
Hoe die blink kant bo.

Victor and Dorothy.

Posted by Dorothy Sam June 15, 10 04:13 AM

I am out of South africa for about 3 weeks now. These pictures realy made got me longing for my country, also the very possitive comments and words posted from all over the world,
Only negative was Rob England, I lived in London for 8 months, my comment on his is you are welcome to your England, in the time I stayed in london I have seen more open drains, rubish and broken up roads than ever in the worst town ships in South Africa.
I am proud to be a South African and we do not need your nose in the air British attitude in our contry or any country .

Posted by Hans Engelbrecht June 15, 10 04:17 AM

I confess that I wasn't all that supportive of our chances to get it right or on time and am sooooooo grateful to have been proven wrong! I was there for the Rugby World Cup and should have kept the faith. These pics prove what can be achieved when a nation pulls together.
South Africa, you ROCK!
Land of my birth, owner of my heart, your rythm beats in my veins.
Msanzi for ever!

Posted by Alli, Melbourne June 15, 10 04:40 AM

"I Feel it" - Do You Feel It?? It's here in all it's glory. I see he feels it and I know she feels it. And look over there, They Feel It, hell even she feels it. DO YOU FEEL IT? CAN YOU FEEL IT??? CAUSE I FEEL IT !!!!!!

Posted by Badger June 15, 10 05:18 AM

United we stand - divided we fall ! Just being, living and experiencing the world on our doorstep lends hope that somehow, somewhere, all the good that comes of this world cup will remain forever. There is crime in every country, it's just not so widely highlighted by the media. To be robbed at gunpoint of things you have worked so hard for all your life is not easy to endure, but in typical OLD SA tradition, we find ourselves picking up the pieces and carrying on when there's no other solution. Would I have emmigrated? Methinks not - I value my family and friendships across all nationalities and will just enjoy what's left of life to the full - right here in durban!!!

Posted by Liv, Durban June 15, 10 05:37 AM

I am a South African, and sorry to say, not a proud one.... I work in China, and on the very first day of the world cup, 4 Chinese journalists were mugged by a gang of armed robbers... Yes, South Africa is beautifull and I miss the mountain, family and friends, but never, never the crime, the violence, the brokeness.... Do you really think one event is going to miraciously change everything for the better? The other Western staff said that they could not stand the noise made by the vuvuzelas... they turned the sound off, and just watched the games. And it is NOT a South African tradition!!!! I am safe here, I can walk alone, and that at night. I can live a decent life. I won't be back.... not soon at any rate. And if you are interrested, I was ther when our sons blood were spent for South Africa. No moer...

Posted by Hanlie June 15, 10 05:44 AM

Dear Sir's In S.A.
Well done you have done a great job keep it up from a fellow South African have enjoyed watching and seeing the great pictures. Keep safe and enjoy wish I was there Good luck to all soccer fans and to the South African soccer teams win that's what you have to do win.
Regards JP.

Posted by Jenette Peskin June 15, 10 06:26 AM

A friend sent me the link to this page - it truly displays the excitement that has gripped South Africa in the run up to the world cup! In the past year, so many social divides have been overcome by our communities: I was one of very few "white" South Africans that watched the opening in Rustenburg with a 100 thousand other fans - the positive energy and sense of community was overwhelming. I met wonderful people and learned more about another amazing South African culture. Having travelled the world many times over, I can say that my heart and home is in Africa - I count myself privileged to live here. I agree that South Africa isn't perfect in every sense but I cant help but feel it is the minority who terrorize the majority. I look forward to the day where there isn't a threat of terror. I would rather live in South africa and fight towards this goal than live elsewhere and criticize remotely. To live in Africa means to be truly free; it does however require understanding, humility and often comes at great sacrifice. Thank you to all those people who worked tirelessly to showcase our nation to the world, we are all truly proud and blow our vuvuzela with pride and gratitude.Congratulations!

Posted by Lorin June 15, 10 09:22 AM

Brilliant photography and a great build-up to the World Cup. I am not a football fan but cannot help but be involved with all the excitement we are experiencing in South Africa.
I'm a Brit born and a South African by choice. I would not denigrate my mother country but hope never to live outside South Africa again - it gets into the blood.
Colin 701 made some great comment, as did Ben 656. Life in general comprises the good, the bad and the ugly - you need them all to experience the joy of the good!

Posted by Jill Redmond June 15, 10 09:57 AM

Most people believe that South Africa is dangerous. When I lived there, you are only in danger when you are being stupid. Much the same happens in North America, if not more.

Posted by paarl,wc June 15, 10 11:51 AM

Great photos. I am so proud. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world at this moment. We are with you, Bafanan Bafana.

Posted by Lorraine June 15, 10 02:09 PM

beautiful photo's that truly capture the spirit in our country! PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN:)

Posted by arifa June 15, 10 02:13 PM

I am a proud South African, hopefully these games will bring Nations together through more sporting events. The South African Government needs to put their resources into sewerage, water and energy for the under privileged. Its all well and good talking the talk how about walking the walk, its the 21st Century and still we see places like Tin City or Shanty Town as we know it. Enough said All the Best for the World Cup hopefully Oz will still be in the running as they did not do well against Germany.

Posted by S Carre June 15, 10 07:54 PM

just amazing pictures,,,the colours are mind blowing ,,thank you ,,for sharing them with us,,xxx

Posted by Thomas laporte June 15, 10 07:55 PM

These pictures are amazing and so is the the fact that South Africa has come such a long way from where all were negative and did not think that SA would be able to host an event of this magnitude. It makes me proud to see all these positive feedback from people all over the world. This is a giant step in the right direction and will be a building block in the structure to support ex-pats like me to return to South Africa. GO BAFANA BAFANA!!!!

Posted by Roelof June 15, 10 08:10 PM

Well done South Africa for kicking the World Cup 2010 to an incredible start !
God Bless Africa !
Can't wait to return for a long overdue visit.
Al Martinez
Bedford, Texas
United States of America

Posted by Al Martinez June 15, 10 09:21 PM

.The photos of the people who went out to support the campaign lets unite behind Bafana Bafana were beautiful.South Africa has done it.Africa has done it.As the new greating says "Feel it,it is here".

Posted by `poted by Nomzamo June 16,2010 04:40 June 15, 10 10:44 PM

I FEEL S L O V E N I A !!!

Gretings to U ALL !!! Go South Africa !!!

Posted by gregstr June 16, 10 02:06 AM

We are proud to be South Africans. This is God's chosen land.
No country in the world is without some sort of problem and are still doing our best to sort out ours. We support Bafana Bafana all the way - go boys go!

Posted by Angie June 16, 10 02:23 AM


Posted by EVELYN OTOO HAYFORD June 16, 10 04:39 AM

Let the world wake up & take note what a fantastic, beautiful country such as South Africa can do. We have shown the world that we can compete with any country on the planet. South Africa rules.

Posted by Doug Merriman June 16, 10 05:11 AM

The world will come and they will then return,I hope the memeries they take home with them will mostly be positive. That Bafana Bafana will have gained experience from the best the world has to offer...for in many those of my lifetimes this we will not see again, For our youth and younger generations, maybe it will happen again but much will depend on what this FIFA's footprint leaves behind after the final whistle blows and the sun sets for us who are left behind, to hopefully face a new dawn of realisation as "We felt was here!"

Posted by Robert E Lawson June 16, 10 05:18 AM

We went to the Fifa World Cup Soccer Match between Australia and Germany; what a highlight in our lives!! We have a lot of close family members living in Australia,so we dressed up with Aussie flags and wigs, blowing vuvuzelas, and ended up sitting right in the middle of a solid block of German supporters!! When I told the German people around us that our forefathers 6 generations ago were German Settlers from Bavaria...they got very emotional, and the spirit that overwhelmed every person there was totally unbelievable!! We all felt very proud of the amazing stadium, the awesome enthusiastic cheering and the spirit of joy that pervaded the entire crowd. German,South African and Australian supporters playing a fun game of soccer on the lawns outside the stadium after the!!
I have a huge sadness for anyone not managing to come to SA to experience this unbelievable event...and start a love affair with an amazing country!!

Posted by Jenny Kirkland June 16, 10 01:22 PM

While I completely disagree with the ignorance of Rob from 'England', there is some truth to his post.
There is a great distinction between the rich and the poor, and you must remember that the poverty stricken dont have the means to voice their opinions on a public forum like this, if they could, I think you would see the other side of the coin. This distinction cannot be ignored.
I am an expat, and for my lifetime would never live back in SA, due to the corruption and mostly the poverty. I applaud the efforts of the minority to get the country out of its third world status.
I believe that the country will eventually prosper and been seen in all its potential glory, but not in my lifetime..
Living in Australia has provided me with opportunities I never would have had in SA, because right now if I lived in SA I would be too white to be black, and during apartheid I was too black to be white. I am coloured and damn proud of it, and while there is racism where ever you go in this world, Australia is now my home.
Don't slander me for offering my opinion as I have come from borderline poverty, and now can afford to give my opinion.
That all said, great job on the stadiums, preperation and roll out of the world cup. You are doing the country proud, and risen to the occasion.

Posted by Ernest June 16, 10 09:05 PM

is very good.

Posted by abdolmajid aali June 16, 10 10:21 PM

Brilliant. Why did I ever leave that place after 25 years? Idoit.

Posted by Colin Evans June 17, 10 03:05 AM

We are the World's Rainbow Nation with our Magnificent Rainbow Flag - a symbol of the warmth that unites us all! We, the People of South Africa at the foot of Africa, the Cradle of Human Kind - we will get Closer, we will stand Together, we will become an even Greater Nation!

Posted by Marietjie van der Walt, Hans Merensky Holdings, RSA June 17, 10 04:38 AM

I been for 2 games thus far, I enjoy the fan parks more tho.
When African teams play we must show our support n love.

My lips are sore from blowing the vuvuzela so much.

fun fun fun, S.A is a great place to be. pitty i dont see many tourist.

We unified behind our team, we unified behind a common purpose

Posted by Babs June 17, 10 05:49 AM

no matter what happend yesterday , i am still proud of our boys and our country , i havint list all hope yet !! well just have to wait and see. the country is in mourning !

Posted by qhawekazi dube June 17, 10 05:59 AM

beautiful pictures, a fantastic country. love visitingbut can only afford a visit every other year. Daughter lives in Johannesburg and loves it.

Posted by mavis matthams June 17, 10 12:04 PM

I am proud and honoured to have the opportunity to be part of this fantastic time in our country! South Africans' and Southern Africans' of every colour, creed, nationality and culture have united in a way that can only be described as awe inspiring... The joy and camaraderie that was shared on the opening match by every single person that I had the good fortune to drive past, walk past or look at - fuels the humbleness of an individual forming part of a greater collective!

Our own ego's get so inflated that we tend to not notice and acknowledge our fellow countrymen and women, everything in life has two sides, and we judge and criticize on our own interpretations and perceptions, we use this internal yardstick to bash scenarios into something that fits within our concept of reality - sometimes we get so preoccupied doing this that we lose out on the opportunity to see good in what surrounds us! We detract from ourselves by failing to reach out and have a positive influence on another life, even if it is only a smile! The WC preparations took off, once again we had an opportunity to stand together and do the best we can to live up the worlds expectations.

I am a proud South African and my heart swells with pride when I see my country unite in this way... from our street vendors to volunteers at the stadiums, the Police and the organizers, you did and are doing great! I have friends here from Israel, Greece and Portugal, some of us got to experience the vibe that was a tangible force on 11June2010. To witness the enormity of the moment from their view was a wake up call to me as a citizen. How ashamed I was for taking this event for granted!

The hospitality that was shown to us at Innisfree Park, the genuine excitement and joy shared by one and all is a moment etched in my mind forever. Fan parks and pubs celebrating the games are amazing in Jhb. My son and I travelled to Durban for the Spain/Switzerland match and every single person we spoke to from cleaners to shop assistants were all beaming with happiness and joy when approached with a smile because we are all proud to be a part of this country’s celebrations.

Well done South Africa, May the Grace of God and His Blessings shine upon you!

Posted by Trischa June 17, 10 12:09 PM

If South Africa is in mourning after the defeat by Uruguay, then you will all understand how the Irish people felt when we were robbed and cheated by Thierry Henry, the French and of course, FIFA !!
I have recently returned from South Africa and I think it is an amazing country, but I am totally convinced that the absence of Ireland and its fantastic fans makes the World Cup a much poorer tournament. Everyone here in Ireland will be supporting Bafana Bafana when they play France. And Viva La Vuvuzela!!

Posted by Jimmy Mac June 17, 10 12:15 PM

Only word: AWESOME!

Posted by Bia Ferreira June 17, 10 01:56 PM


Posted by antonio abrantes June 17, 10 02:01 PM

To Rob England (#565) and all the others who point out the massive inequality and poverty in this country - while it is completely true that that is an awful aspect of life in South Africa, you are deluding yourself if you think you are not exploiting people in your first-world lifestyle - the only difference is that for you and your northern compatriots, the people whose backs you live off are out of sight and out of mind. Unless you live the world's most ethical lifestyle and buy only locally grown food, clothes your countrymen have made of materials grown in your home country, and never consume oil or mining products in any form, you are actively participating in the exploitation of the poor and their resources. Your disgust and your smugness about the 'better' place you come from is an illusion. At the very least here in South Africa we are confronted with the consequences of our choices and are forced to live with those consequences every day, rather than outsourcing them to others to suffer.

Posted by Simone June 17, 10 06:22 PM

Simply amazing. That may be the easiest way to put it.
I am not South African, but it's very clear how hard this country has worked to make the World Cup a remarkable experience for all. The spirit is incomparable!

Great job, South Africa! :)

Posted by L.R. June 17, 10 09:44 PM

I'm so proud to be a South African citizen, we as a country we're really blessed by the almighty to host the world in our own beautiful Africa. The whole world know by now that South Africa is the best place to be. We must keep up the good spirit of being the united nation & keep up the spirit of UBUNTU...!! I love my country so much...

Posted by Thandeka Ndabezitha June 18, 10 03:14 AM

Although not home in S A, we are flying our rainbow colours high in Abu Dhabi, from our car's and hearts! Watching every single thing we can find on tv......and receiving tons of emails (like this one) to keep us all on board while the incredible action takes place........what a wonderful spectacle! WISH I WAS THERE...................

Posted by Colleen Snyman June 18, 10 07:53 AM

I just wanna say, i have been to atleast two games at the stadium and the people who were blowing VUVUZELA's are the ones complaining about its noise when they are not at the stadium, guys please, let us celebrate the best way we know how and we will respect all your singing and drums when its your turn to host this prestigious event. VuVuzela Mzansi! Ayobalicious Bafana...

Posted by Mokgaetse June 18, 10 01:47 PM

South Africa, the world must know you !
You are in my heart.
Avanti !

Posted by Eduardo Marques June 18, 10 02:53 PM

I dont miss being in SA the last time I visited family and friend I was mugged twice once in Waterkant in the cape malay quater shopping mall at the cash piont and the other I time i was on a training run on tafelberg road . and that was only in the 4 weeks I was there . the only thing i miss about he place is the weather and the mountains where I used to do lots of my walks I now have no interest in going back and i cant see the country ever going forward I had 35 years of fun but the last 7 has even been better not only finacially but standard of living . in least I can go on holiday abroad twice a year somthing I couldnt do but inleast i saw th lenghth and breath of SA through my running and walking holidays now a person cant even walk on table mountain and you get robbed that hasnt happend to me in england . its another ZImbawe in the making i dont care what people say but the writng is on the wall and no I not white but mixed race before someone shout i am a raciest .

Posted by Louis June 18, 10 04:32 PM

Excelentes fotografías, una buena muestra del mundial para los que no podemos llegar a presenciarlo, de esta manera por lo menos lo podemos apreciar a distancia. felicitaciones.

Posted by Juan Pablo Grigioni June 18, 10 08:24 PM

I am an American & I am proud to call a South African my friend

Posted by Vernon A Jackson June 18, 10 10:32 PM

Thank you Vernon! I AM a proud South African. Positive vibes all around us, even our neighbouring country Botswana is caught up in the fever - displaying SA flags on their vehicles and blowing of vuvuzelas. Halala South Africa.

Posted by Jetske Trueman June 19, 10 02:53 AM

You are lucky Rob England (565), your team didn't play any. Are you a disgruntled expat. Your story sounds totally fabricated to me.

Posted by Kelly Seymour June 19, 10 03:17 AM

great pictures.iam in words from come my mind.fantastic and marvelous.WOW.

Posted by charles finny June 19, 10 10:02 AM

As a South African - having dealt with and witnessed so many negative things in this country - the World has brought so many positive energy. it has united people in such a weird and wonderful way. I am Proudly South African - host to the World.

Posted by Nadia da Costa Mathias June 20, 10 03:25 AM

This WC is amazing! Well done SA! We will be proud in England if we can emulate your success for the upcoming Olympics.

Posted by Dave Berry June 20, 10 12:25 PM

from which camera did they shoot pictures.
i want to buy that camera

Posted by Vivek June 20, 10 03:05 PM

WELL DONE (SOUTH) AFRICA, so far so good, and to Rob from England, its a good thing that you decided to go back to the UK. I really am not surprised, because the English have a tendency of barking up the wrong tree, and this time around Rob is doing it on a tree in a dessert. Instead of concentrating on the dismal performance his team has been displaying hitherto, he is looking for the negative things in our beautiful country, things which barely have nothing to do with sport in general and footballl in particular. Some time ago the English cricket team was indeed whitewashed by -of all the teams- Zimbabwe, and one reporter chose not to cover the losing games and went on to report on merchandise sold at the Popular Mbare Market where trully african tradional merchandise is sold. I remember the reporter went on to describe an insect delicacy made from termites, as cockroaches! He was on and on about how Zimbabweans eat cockroaches! Well, even if they ate cockroaches, why did the reporter have have problems with that when they the cockroach eaters did not see anything out of the ordinary! Puzzling indeed, I say to all Africans, lets show them we can do it, yes it would be nice if any of the African teams go all the way, but as they say Winning is not everything Its Only a game and let the best team win, but for now we may fail in the field of play but logistically we are 3-0, Go Africa

Posted by Frank C June 21, 10 04:18 AM

694 - Ryan. Well done mate. I was there when Bird went mad. 13 killed in one incident, in one tiny little village. The UK is not exactly safe as houses......

Posted by Roland June 21, 10 05:44 AM

football is the BEST!

Posted by 張旭 June 21, 10 11:32 AM

good africa
win the blakc people
we are the world

Posted by daniel June 21, 10 01:07 PM

Who am I say to say this?....but it has to be said SA is the best nation in the place to live....may not be the easiest but it's the best...!!!! Go SA be proudly SA! You deserve it time and again. These pics are brilliant. From an expat living in the UK...

Posted by Luce UK June 21, 10 04:21 PM


Posted by Carolina June 22, 10 01:57 AM

These amazing images of The FIFA 2010 World Cup really capture the vibrancy, atmosphere, spirit and energy of The Rainbow Nation! Fantastic! Laduma! With Luv, Light and Liberty Donna Africa

Posted by Donna Africa June 22, 10 04:27 AM

Afrika, the blessed Continent.
Well done South Africa.
You have done us proud.
So People Come and Visit South Africa and See It For Yourslelf

Posted by Themba Ziqubu June 22, 10 05:06 AM

I am proudly SA. All those people out there with the positive comments... DO not stop. Our country has its good and bad, but over the past years the good has triumphd. All those that are negative.. its a pitty you left because you will never be able to truly call this beatiful place your home!

Posted by lidia June 22, 10 06:38 AM

Go South Africa Go!! What a beautiful world cup! Beautiful stadiums! Beautiful rainbow nation!

Posted by Jenny June 22, 10 09:28 AM

Fantastic photographs, it's amazing what can be done when people have a united interest. I am so proud of what has been achieved in South Africa.
No country in the world is without problems and South Africa will remain home of my heart and land of my birth.
Can't wait for my return next year.

Posted by Jacqui June 23, 10 02:07 AM

Colonialists what a relief that we grown to not speak out of our camp or have infighting on public display. Teams came with footballers displaying who they are as a people through being ambassadors for their respective countries. France … The tribe has spoken, England you are next! We roar with pride and honor, feel free to stay and learn from South Africans  My beautiful country, my beautiful people!

Posted by charmaine June 23, 10 04:08 AM

The nation will be more united along the racial lines than ever before. It started with the rugby workld cup, continued with the Bulls game at Orlando and then we experienced the ultimate pleasure of the Soccer 2010.

Posted by corrie kruger June 24, 10 03:04 AM

I would like to thank God for giving South Africa to be the first African country to host this event. I'm Proudly South African. Thanks to the old man Tata Madiba, and everyone who made this to be successfull. I think If not feeling it, you hv got problem because i can feel it. Hola Bafana Bafana ola! Ola Mozanzi Ola! 20 yrs is not a miracle! The photos they great, i would like to know which camera was used because, i would like to own one. The 3D glasses, awesome and you would be supprised the way technology is advancing, 3D glasses. Africa is blessed continent. God everything for 2010 FIFA WC.

Posted by Thabo, Lecowza, MB , South Africa June 24, 10 10:39 AM

last picture is supercool

Posted by InfinitiesArmpit June 24, 10 02:29 PM

South Africa is a unique blend of challenge and victory as is reflected in our nature and our cities and townships. Enjoy this wonderful part of the world as this is a place that vibrates an energy like the sound of the vuvuzela in our soccer stadiums. It is a place that steals a part of your soul and will never release it. If you need references of where to go to see the beauy, give me a call. I am proudly South African and know that the challenges will make the victories better! Viva South Africa. God bless Africa!

Posted by A!ta June 25, 10 02:15 AM

Very proud to be South African after this world cup. Absolutely Fantstic ! Well done to every single person who had anything to do with it, and in particular the police force. Not a soccer fan before this tournament, but have thoroughly enjoyed the matches, especially Bafana Bafana's games, and I dont care that we got knocked out early - I think our guys performed very well indeed, and I wish them everything of the best for the future. What this world cup has done for South Africa in general, and we as individuals, is immeasurable.

Posted by Rosemary June 25, 10 06:54 AM

I have just been reading the coments about South Africa, after looking at the really nice photos that accopmpanied this subject. The World Cup has brought South Africa into the focus of the world and, in general, it has been very impressive for those fortunate people who have been able to attend the WC competition.
Altho I have not seen Rob England's report, it seems that he might be anti South African, but I would like to remind him that in WW2 every member of the South African armed forces, Navy, Army and Air Force, male and female, Black, Coloured and White was a volunteer. Not many nations can lay clain to such an outstanding achievement.
Hylton Dunstan
d and white

Posted by Anonymous June 26, 10 05:27 AM

Absolutely amazing photos!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well done South Africa - I am proud to be a South African..... :-)

Posted by Hester Heuschen June 28, 10 08:17 AM

Well done Mzantsi...........a special THANKS goes to those who will never get recognition for the amount of work they have put in particulary the guys who stood in the cold & dusty temperatures building the amazing stadiums. BIG UP TO YOU.

Posted by LUYOLO June 28, 10 09:05 AM

Someone should remind Mr.Rob England that this is a nation that came through one of the worst legacy's of the world...Apartheid..and we did not have a war!! Only a South Africa who has lived through the old and new goverment can say its a proud thing to see blacks and whites standing together and cheering as one nation.

Posted by Anonymous June 28, 10 02:08 PM

Oh I am SOOOOOOOOO proudly Capetonian, South African. Blessings to those who has nothing else to do BUT complain.

Posted by Quanita July 16, 10 12:36 PM

wonderful photos.thanks

Posted by mary July 20, 10 12:11 AM

I LOVE SOUTH AFRICA! Proud forever!

SaFfa TiLl i DiE!!!!!

Posted by Christine October 25, 10 04:07 PM

amazing ....

Posted by ates November 10, 10 09:32 AM

May God Bless South Africa!!!!!!! God's chosen Land!! we still have AMAZING memories of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa!! May the God Almighty richly bless our country. We pray for you Africa!

Posted by Mary November 11, 10 08:14 PM
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