South Africa has received praises from all over for hosting an amazing World Cup. It is great to read about journalists, politicians and tourists raving about our county and what we have achieved.
One such a feel good article was published in the Vanity Fair and here is what Austin Merrill had to say about the World Cup.
“But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s pause for a minute and offer a nod to the 2010 host. South Africa spent much of the past few years fending off criticism and doubt—the country didn’t have the technology or sophistication to host the planet’s largest sports event; crime rates were too high; security would be too lax; infrastructure wouldn’t be up to par. There were rumors that FIFA was formulating a plan to move the tournament elsewhere. An attack by separatist rebels at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in January even had some people afraid that South Africa might fall victim to similar violence and bloodshed.
None of these fears were borne out. South Africa stood up to the challenge of hosting the World Cup and did so with flair and exuberance. The stadiums were gorgeous and mostly full, restaurants and shops did banner business, and the locals continued to embrace the games after their beloved Bafana Bafana were knocked out.
Merrill concluded by writing : “The ten days I spent at the tournament went off without a hitch. The only down side was that ten days weren’t nearly enough—my time there went by in a blur.”
The iconic and uniquely South African wine brand , Kumkani, congratulates and thank everyone who made an effort the make this World Cup so special.