South Africa is situated in the most southern part of the continent Africa, and is now hosting the world cup 2010. South Africa has hosted events any football events like this, however it has hosted rugby, cricket, grand prix and the confederations cup. The world cup has affected the economy, the population and the environment of South Africa, the main impact for the country itself is tourism.
The world cup matches are held in ten stadiums they will seat 570000 people altogether. They are Polokwane, Rustenburg, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Five of the ten hosting the matches have already been built, but have been upgraded; the other five are newly built. All the stadiums cost £1.9 billion, which people may arguably say that that it could have been used on helping the population and treating the large population of south Africa that have HIV/AIDS. The changes made to accommodate the stadiums were, all the building surrounding the stadium were knocked down and people in their houses in Durban were given one week notice, along with buildings trees and the environment were destroyed.
Whenever there has been a world cup held in a country, the majority of outcomes were positive. Germany world cup 2006 ‘The world Cup had a very positive effect on the country’s economy and helped improve its image internationally. Only good could come from holding the World Cup in South Africa. By holding the world Cup here there is an estimated 695000 sustainable jobs. Around 400000 tourists, each spending up to 30000 rupees.
The negative impacts include an increase in crime. There would be quite a few erratic tourists and supporters which would involve the police. Items may be stolen or pick pocketed from hotels whilst wealthy tourists aren’t present. Economically, all the clearing up and development/regeneration of areas and sporting arenas would all costing £3 billion in a country with a 25% unemployment rate. There is always a risk that the income expected isn’t as high as first thought, which may result in debt for the country.
A lot of energy would have been used to create and develop the large arenas, and also players’ facilities and training areas, alongside hotels and tourists resting areas. Altogether 2.75 million tones of carbon is being emitted throughout the world cup. Facts such as ‘an estimated fifty murders a day, is suggested to be deterring fans from attending the event’. This all mounts up, under electricity and resources used throughout the course of the world cup. image03.jpg
To conclude, I feel that there are many advantages and disadvantages of this main question. But altogether, and taking into account past world cups and I have heard through all media, I believe that the World Cup will have a positive effect on South Africa through economic reasons.
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