Committee, Danny Jordaan, has been toiling for the World Cup bid since 1994 –
and he has been working non-stop since May 15 2004, when South Africa’s right to
host was announced.
are ready to deliver this World Cup with everything more or less in place,” says
Stadium after a final pre-tournament stadium visit.
There are hints of
exhaustion under his eyes, not surprising in light of his fast-paced schedule
and sleep deprivation, hopping from one province to another in one day.
World Cup and the Fifa congress in the US in 1994.
bid for the 2006 World Cup, which was lost in July 2000.
was formerly a member of the South African Students’ Organisation, Parliament
and, finally, the vice- president of the South African Football Association.
think I lived in challenging but very exciting times,” says Jordaan.
arranging transportation and accommodation for all the World Cup teams, Jordaan
looks forward to delivering on the games and finally getting some rest.
first democratic government of our country, to be part of a team to win the
right to host the World Cup and then to know now it’s time to deliver on the
promise of that World Cup, and to see how South African people are embracing the
event ... to walk tall in the world; that is an incredible journey.”
Hellen Matuludi escapes from the sunlight under the green tarpaulin over her
Across the street the newly constructed Soccer City Stadium
glistens in the sunlight. Here Hellen cooks and sells food to nearby
arrives in the early hours of the morning, usually at around 5.30am.
pots of pap, meat and vegetables, nourishment for the construction workers
across the street, have usually disappeared by the end of the day.
collects her earnings in plastic bags and empty cigarette containers. On average
she makes R100. On a good day she might make R300.
he is not working.
He says the shack used to be nicer, with tables and chairs
and even speakers to play music so that visitors could “chillax”.
But they have
had to move at least twice in the past few years to avoid ongoing construction,
and those amenities have since disappeared.
us to move there,” he says, his arms flailing as he points into the
She hoped the
World Cup would mean more business from the flocks of visitors pouring in from
all over the world.
Instead, with the commencement of the World Cup, Hellen and
her fellow street vendors must pack up and move out.
Her arms, the
tabletop and her cellphone alike are coated with a thin layer of flour. She
begins wiping the table, packing up for the day.
She will be back tomorrow and
every day after that, until the City inevitably tells her she must leave.
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