B&B’s get the ball rolling for World Cup

2009-08-27 10:28

SCORES of small South African businesses are being exposed to the world on

Fifa.com, one of the world’s most visited websites.

They are the bed and breakfast (B&B) and guesthouse operators strewn

across the country’s townships and cities who have been enlisted to provide

accommodation to the thousands of soccer fans expected here for Africa’s first

turn at hosting the Fifa World Cup next year.

There are 5 000 non-hotel rooms listed on Fifa’s Match website.

Among these are small establishments such as Hope Socoza’s Lotlametswe

B&B in Potchefstroom; Grace Hinana’s Noxolo B&B in Mamelodi and Ramagadi

Matjiane’s Galaletsang Guesthouse in Hammanskraal.

None of these are likely to host any of the football millionaires expected

next June, however, a Czech or Pole may stop over when in town for their team’s

match or practice session.

“In my small way I will be contributing to ensuring that those who come here

for the World Cup have a great time in our country,” says Hinana, who is not new

to hosting international guests at her “highly recommended” four-star B&B.

Noxolo B&B is currently a home away from home for the cast of Kabelo’s

Fortune, a movie being shot in the township.

A listing on the website, which recorded more than four billion hits last

year, means a facility has been approved and is contracted for the World Cup.

Fifa gave in to requests from the South African government for participation

to be extended to include small accommodation facilities as the country does not

have enough hotel rooms to cater for the estimated 400 000 visitors expected for

the tournament.

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