Shattered 2010 dreams

2010-06-04 07:03

A few years ago, South African vendors and entrepreneurs welcomed

the announcement that the Fifa World Cup would be hosted by their home country.

Many saw it as a chance to capitalise on the influx of tourists to the region

and an opportunity to improve their standards of living.

One woman, Linda Nomathemba, started to dream that she might one

day be able to afford a house for herself and her five children.

She set up a kiosk in 2006 on the grounds of the Soccer City

Stadium in Johannesburg. Within months, she had sparked a bustling trade of

home-cooked food to passers-by.

Linda had set her sights on a 2010 stadium filled with hungry

soccer fans. She watched as the South African Football Association house was

built and the stadium took shape over the years.

With no canteen at the stadium, she had lunchtime queues at her

kiosk, but this was nothing compared with the queues she had imagined during

2010 football matches.

With only four months to kickoff, Linda and her fellow vendors were

served eviction papers and given notice to vacate the area.

With no time to build another business, Linda’s dreams of lifting

her family out of poverty have been dashed.

WATCH the video interview with
Linda Nomathemba.
>>Video courtesy of Africa Media Online

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