In 2010, South Africa had the great privilege of hosting the FIFA world cup on its culturally rich and diverse soil. It was a big moment in our history where the world was made aware of our existence and that we didn't just live raising the big five and squatting in mud huts [well, most of us anyway].
So many good things and the obviously bad corruption-inspired things moulded and shaped our roads and built for us new buildings and other things we could use far beyond the days of the 2010 world cup. Sure there are still some service failures were paying for and other debts for projects not quite followed through, but one can’t deny that our country gained some golden gems because of the worldwide event.
Tourism was revamped and our land was made desirable to the world as more than just a desert with dying breeds of animals you aren't likely to come across elsewhere.
We also can’t ignore that government was put under fire to deliver some concrete results in order to cater for the world and ensure the money they were investing wasn't just transactions on paper, but also actual buildings and transportation improvements.
Of course to this day you could probably find many still asking what the big event did for them, or even what benefit the country ‘really’ received. But you can’t satisfy everybody I guess.
In all honesty though, I would have argued the same if it hadn't been for the recent news rolling out from Russia, with regards to the 2014 Winter Olympics.
One could argue how the two could be compared and the answer would be surprising. Sports and games aside, I find that the two have much to share when looking at country dynamics and the ever-so-popular ‘service delivery’ side of things.
Granted South Africa failed to deliver many things promised from the 2010 world cup, you can’t help but sigh in relief as you watch the news bleeding out of Russia as they prove to be failing ten times worse than anyone’s expectation.
I reckon we blame their President, Mr. Putin, for enforcing his narrow-minded beliefs and ideals on the country in his laws on banning the LGBT community from daring to exist within their borders. Why, you may ask?
Well I don’t know about you, but in my experience, members from the colourful community always seem to make up a large group of the creators of society, with their brilliant talents in architecture and interior design and let’s not forget their amazing hospitably that always tends to be ingrained in their nature. So I have to ask if maybe that is where their problems began, when they decided to oust those individuals which in turn destroyed their ability to deliver any form of good service delivery.
Just imagine the brilliant hotels built and luscious rooms decorated had they kept such great minds around them?
But alas, they stuck by their closed minded frigidness and this is what they were left with:
Karma sure is something hey!
But we as South Africans should actually thank them. Not only does it look like our third-world ways are heavily advanced, but it also enhances the image of our overall capability. We did after all only spend somewhere along the lines of a recorded R 27 billion, where as Russia seems to have broken some record with their expense of something around $51 Billion.
In that sense, you have to hand it to our government officials. They may be robbing us in broad daylight, but at least they gave us a few, albeit questionable, contributions such as stadium upgrades and road improvements…
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