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South Africa And The 2010 World Cup: In The Eye Of The Storm- Rise of the Second Revolution Against the ANC Government

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Stadia For South Africa's World Cup - 2010

Soccer City - FNB Soccer Stadium

Soccer City - FNB Soccer Stadium

World Cup South Africa - 2010

The location of Stadiums throughout South Africa

The location of Stadiums throughout South Africa

World Cup's Golden Cup

World Cup's Golden Cup

2010 FIFA World Cup Logo

2010 FIFA World Cup Logo

Nelson Mandela Hoisting the World Cup after South Africa was given the right to host the Finals

Nelson Mandela Hoisting the World Cup after South Africa was given the right to host the Finals

Concert in orlando Stadium before the World Cup Kick-off

Concert in orlando Stadium before the World Cup Kick-off

Fifa managed to secure international stars for the World Kickoff concert, and excised most of the local artists except for Hugh, Lira and the Blackjacks

Fifa managed to secure international stars for the World Kickoff concert, and excised most of the local artists except for Hugh, Lira and the Blackjacks

Fans with misplaced euphoria, in the face of Fifa's economical onslaught against the poor

Fans with misplaced euphoria, in the face of Fifa's economical onslaught against the poor

South African Soccer Fans

South African Soccer Fans

Fans of the South African National soccer team, Bafana-Bafana(boys-boys), with their Vuvuzelas.

Fans of the South African National soccer team, Bafana-Bafana(boys-boys), with their Vuvuzelas.

South African Fans mixed with other fans eating the World Cup fun

South African Fans mixed with other fans eating the World Cup fun

Bafana-Bafana(Boys-Boys)

Bafana-Bafana(Boys-Boys)

The shack-dwellers have promised and threatened to lash-out in front of tourists and cause chaos. They say soccer is useless to them because they won't watch it because they have no electricity

The shack-dwellers have promised and threatened to lash-out in front of tourists and cause chaos. They say soccer is useless to them because they won't watch it because they have no electricity

Poor people and workers protesting the Unfair treatment they are getting from both Fifa and the African government

Poor people and workers protesting the Unfair treatment they are getting from both Fifa and the African government

Residents from Oukasie outside Brits protest over poor service delivery in the area around Pretoria, and the government's failure to provide proper homes  for poor folks after 16 years in power

Residents from Oukasie outside Brits protest over poor service delivery in the area around Pretoria, and the government's failure to provide proper homes for poor folks after 16 years in power

Taking control: Police in South Africa say they have taken permanent control of security at four World Cup stadiums

Taking control: Police in South Africa say they have taken permanent control of security at four World Cup stadiums

In Soweto, Kliptown Sqatter Camp, Southwest of Johannesburg, and this is one of the of the 45,000-person slums

In Soweto, Kliptown Sqatter Camp, Southwest of Johannesburg, and this is one of the of the 45,000-person slums

Alexandra Township, a slum on the outskirts of Johannesburg City

Alexandra Township, a slum on the outskirts of Johannesburg City

The Blue Bulls and the Crusader duke it out in the Rugby Finals match played-out in Orlando Stadium, Soweto, for the First in the history of South Africa

The Blue Bulls and the Crusader duke it out in the Rugby Finals match played-out in Orlando Stadium, Soweto, for the First in the history of South Africa

Blue Bulls "Bulle" Fans at home in their newly adopted Orlando Stadium having the best time of the Finals...

Blue Bulls "Bulle" Fans at home in their newly adopted Orlando Stadium having the best time of the Finals...

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Part of the Old Orlando Stadium grandstand shown with soccer fans right on top of the roo.

Part of the Old Orlando Stadium grandstand shown with soccer fans right on top of the roo.

The Blue Bulls Ruby Team that played in Orlando south Africa

The Blue Bulls Ruby Team that played in Orlando south Africa

Lunch at a restaurant in S oweto. Valeria(Russia), Misayo(Japan), Yadira(Colombia) Lunch at a resuraoweto. Valeria(Russia),Misayo(Japan) and Yadira(Colombia)

Lunch at a restaurant in S oweto. Valeria(Russia), Misayo(Japan), Yadira(Colombia) Lunch at a resuraoweto. Valeria(Russia),Misayo(Japan) and Yadira(Colombia)

The coming Storm in South Africa - symbolically speaking, too

The coming Storm in South Africa - symbolically speaking, too

Gautrain - South Africa's new bullet-like train which goes from Sandton City to the Airport(O.R. Tambo Airport)

Gautrain - South Africa's new bullet-like train which goes from Sandton City to the Airport(O.R. Tambo Airport)

Rea Vaya Buses: New transit Bus system in South Africa

Rea Vaya Buses: New transit Bus system in South Africa

Poor Whites in South Africa

Poor Whites in South Africa

Riot Police hve been out in force during the World Cup and Confederation Cup

Riot Police hve been out in force during the World Cup and Confederation Cup

Fans packed the stadium in Bloemfontein when host South Africa played Spain in the Confederation Cup

Fans packed the stadium in Bloemfontein when host South Africa played Spain in the Confederation Cup

Life in 'Tin Can Town' for the South Africans evicted ahead of World Cup

Life in 'Tin Can Town' for the South Africans evicted ahead of World Cup

A picture of an evicted and hidden person in today's World Cup living in a Tin Shack tenement

A picture of an evicted and hidden person in today's World Cup living in a Tin Shack tenement

Children play in Blikkiesdorp, situated on the outskirts of Cape Town, south Africa. These people were targeted as the government tries to clean-up its image

Children play in Blikkiesdorp, situated on the outskirts of Cape Town, south Africa. These people were targeted as the government tries to clean-up its image

Children play soccer in a field in Erasmia Township in South Africa. Children are still playing, without boots, grass and and proper soccer clothing, despite the success of the World Cup Tournament in south Africa

Children play soccer in a field in Erasmia Township in South Africa. Children are still playing, without boots, grass and and proper soccer clothing, despite the success of the World Cup Tournament in south Africa

A frustrated teacher slams his head on the Blackboard, in South Africa

A frustrated teacher slams his head on the Blackboard, in South Africa

A protester bloodied up from battle with the police

A protester bloodied up from battle with the police

Riot police attempting mob control tactics when they were trying to break-up the Sucurty Guards strike outside Ellis Park

Riot police attempting mob control tactics when they were trying to break-up the Sucurty Guards strike outside Ellis Park

Construction workers join in on the strikes

Construction workers join in on the strikes

Strike for teachers, pay raises and other related issues that were being contested during the past year since the World Cup

Strike for teachers, pay raises and other related issues that were being contested during the past year since the World Cup

Strikers venting up and trying to call attention to their plights

Strikers venting up and trying to call attention to their plights

Zandspruit, a so-called informal settlement northwest of Johannesburg, exploded in anger and tires were burnt to block the roads and youth were throwing sones and objects at traffic and police

Zandspruit, a so-called informal settlement northwest of Johannesburg, exploded in anger and tires were burnt to block the roads and youth were throwing sones and objects at traffic and police

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Protesters holding up signs that voice their displeasure which is routinely ignored by the ANC-led government

Protesters holding up signs that voice their displeasure which is routinely ignored by the ANC-led government

The local state - its politicians and bureaucracy, is under attack

The local state - its politicians and bureaucracy, is under attack

This graph shows material and other conditions improving, expectations raising faster than individual's own situation, and observe the sharp curved "reality" line in this diagram

This graph shows material and other conditions improving, expectations raising faster than individual's own situation, and observe the sharp curved "reality" line in this diagram

Unemployment in south Africa Could cause Youth Uprising

Unemployment in south Africa Could cause Youth Uprising

One of the most thorny issues concerns the 'toilet wars" in the eastern cape and other areas. These incomplete toilets are supposed to be used by the people and are part of the problems causing the rising protest storm in south Africa

One of the most thorny issues concerns the 'toilet wars" in the eastern cape and other areas. These incomplete toilets are supposed to be used by the people and are part of the problems causing the rising protest storm in south Africa

You see what we have to do to get the government to listen to us?" said Johannes Melley, about the rubbish and tree trunks used to blockade roads in the township

You see what we have to do to get the government to listen to us?" said Johannes Melley, about the rubbish and tree trunks used to blockade roads in the township

A protester shields himself from rubber bullets fired by the police during  in Zandspruit settlement in northwest Johannesburg violent service delivery protest

A protester shields himself from rubber bullets fired by the police during in Zandspruit settlement in northwest Johannesburg violent service delivery protest

A protester is arrested by metro police officers after a group of about 40 people burned tires and barricaded a section  of the N2 early this morning, July 14th 2011

A protester is arrested by metro police officers after a group of about 40 people burned tires and barricaded a section of the N2 early this morning, July 14th 2011

250 garages out of petrol - and worse to come; the Braamfontein Total garage in Johannesburg was blessed as a tanker pulled up and delivered fuel on the 14th July 2011

250 garages out of petrol - and worse to come; the Braamfontein Total garage in Johannesburg was blessed as a tanker pulled up and delivered fuel on the 14th July 2011

An employee walk through a mine in South Africa. Conflict at Lonmin's platinum mine may put nationalization on the ANC's agenda (by Johan van Tonder)

An employee walk through a mine in South Africa. Conflict at Lonmin's platinum mine may put nationalization on the ANC's agenda (by Johan van Tonder)

Government Dissonance In The Country Of Mzantsi

Since the announcement by FiFA that the 2010 World Cup Finals between 32 countries will be held in South Africa, the euphoria has ebbed with the events characteristic of South Africa. The poor majority saw themselves enriched,with that announcements, and they had high hopes that better times have come to South Africa, at last. The newly democratically elected ANC(African National Congress), egged the people on about the importance of having the World Cup in South Africa.

Deals were cut with many people in the government bureaucracy and private sectors and entities. All sorts of promises were heaped upon the unsuspecting poor and sick multitudes regarding the coming World Cup which will result into their financial gain and remuneration. African poor people and white poor people were promised better times and money in their coffers or pockets if you like. And the ANC and their side-kicks, are at present helping themselves to the wealth and with some self-enrichment schemes.

Preparations have been going on at a slow pace in the first few years whilst the country was hit by a series of strikes in all sectors of private, public works and government civil servants. There is also the issue of official corruption, cronyism, lack of social delivery, clientelism and a burgeoning self-interested and self-aggrandizing African bourgeoisie, buttressed by a vicious form and practice of extreme nepotism.

Doctors along with health givers and professionals have been on strike; strikes have been witnessed and are still being witnessed like the Escom workers, city sanitation workers, and multiple union strikes and general chaos that border on a storm: the aftermath of the World Cup portends a dark future. The people who are presently building stadiums are going to lose their jobs in droves at the completion of the Cup Finals. South Africa is already hit by unemployment ranging around 40%+.

There is a furor about the cheap labor practices of employers utilizing illegal aliens by paying them less, and thus robbing-off the locals of gainful employment; there is the issue of crime heists, murders and general social disorder, malnutrition and intra-African internecine warfare. In the midst of the preparation for the World Cup in South Africa, there is a broiling cauldron of mass disaffection and discontent about the state of affairs and corruption by the elite and rich against the poor in that rich country.

In The Eye of the World Cup Euphoric Storm

Reporting South Africa

Daily News - Durban, Natal

I have written several Hubs on the historical conditions of South Africa including culture, performing and other arts, politics, history and so on to give the readers a concise picture about life in South Africa from early history to the present-day ANC ruled government. The past or so years the whole country has been fixated on the World Cup which is less than a few hours as of the writing of this Hub. The social conditions have deteriorated vastly, governmental services have slowed to none.

Many shops have been shut-down and many workers laid off. Different types of crimes are committed and spread throughout the South African landscape. There is ample opportunism as it relates to the present government's officials and their sidekicks: corruption and self aggrandizement have become the order of the day. Breakdown is social cohesion and mores are going bye unnoticed and unaddressed in all sectors of the economy and society.

Tension and uncertainty have a firm grip on people's fears and harsh poverty and malnutrition; housing is being slowly developed; the infrastructure including roads, stadiums, hotels, B&B, private houses has been going up and upgraded. Alongside these developments are the racial killings of Africans from North of South Africa and Whites in the country. Racial bigotry and dangerous vitriol dominates the national diatribe and discourse.

Racism, disrespect of other races has reached fever pitch from all the groups within South Africa who are working hard to superimpose their rhetoric and intimidation to anyone who speaks out against the injustice prevalent within different milieu in Mzantsi(South Africa. There are racial agent-provocateurs of all stripes from all corners roaming the country and spewing and applying racist slurs and racially motivated discourses and murders, intimidation, threats and general verbal abuse and disorder to which there still seems to be no answer nor solution.

The Hubs I have so far written, have covered all these issues from the past to the 90s, and the Y2K era, which seems to be a chaotic continuation of the past with that laissez-faire do-not-give-a-damn and dog-eats-dog attitude. The Gravy Train that has come to characterize the present ruling African elite, has had an effect of suppressing and depressing the poor African masses in South Africa.

This is caused by the Press in South Africa. The further one goes back into South African press history, the clearer it becomes that little has changed. The only thing that has changed is the and shrill retched-up negativity and ideological rhetoric. From the earliest days of the colonial press to present-day Rainbow-nation press and media, newspapers and the those on the Internet in South Africa have been controlled by the past Apartheid regime, in either English, Afrikaans and ownership.

Through them they expound their racist ideology and crude spin onto the news, culture, media and communication philosophy, economic and other salient group interests which are not salubrious the promoting a better and healthy nation. Thus, the press in South Africa has been under pressure from its inception. South Africa's first newspaper was "The South African Commercial, published in the 1830s by two British settlers, Thomas Pringle and John Fairbairn.

They immediately came into conflict with an authoritarian Governor, Lord Charles Somerset, with whom they waged an epic struggle for their right to publish critical material. A robust British Press emerged from that struggle"(Theal, 1927). This issue has for a long time helped to engender a spirit of resilience against the government of the day.

But this has been gradually eroded and weakened by subsequent regimes. They relate to some inherent weaknesses in the South African business community a well as to the oppressiveness of the Apartheid Regime, and the censorship-prone Zuma government.

The More Things Change, The More they Stay The Same

Take for instance the news headlines' in the Durban Daily News on the Internet which has thee captions: "School Faces MEC's Probe", wherein the article reports school failing their Matric results in droves; absenteeism of teachers; dysfunctional teachers and schools with problems like tardiness by both teachers and school children; some teachers and students have been accused of alcoholism; the schools are suffering because of unqualified teachers who struggle with the curriculum; lack of books, computers and poorly paid teachers, along with schools that have no functioning labs and libraries, are some of the obstacles and problems faced by the post Apartheid society ruled by the ANC. (Silindile Maluleka)

African students who were writing their Matriculant exams failed in droves, and tis is not a new pattern, but a carry-over of the Apartheid regime and the bugling new ANC-led government's ineptitude and lack of vision and foresight when it comes to remedying the state of African people's education in South Africa. This only increases ignorance and chaos in the lives of the ordinary citizens of South Africa, especially African people and other used to be called "non-whites"

Cases of murder include all races in South Africa. Crime is rife amongst the Africans and this issue has been addressed in my other Hubs on South Africa. In this case, a reporter from Durban, presently in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, a Durban Indian grandmother admitted to planning the murder of her daughter-in-law. The 55 year-old Singh pleaded not guilty, despite CCTV footage placing her at the scene of the crime.

Khader, the murdered person, her bloody remains were found in the toilets at the Ganies Corner Flats in Pietermartizburg. She admitted soliciting the help of a man named Simon, who finally committed the ghastly act.(Sherlissa Peters). Reports about murder in South African newspapers are on the front pages and are serious headliners. This is not new, and if one were to peruse through most of the Newspapers from the western Cape, Eastern Cape, and the Gauteng and the rest of South Africa, the pattern of news reportage is generally the same: crime, murder, disinformation, propaganda and plain garbage.

There is also a rise in suicide deaths by teens throughout South Africa. In this case, a Verulam teenager, before leaping to her death asserted: "I am fed-up of Life," moments before she plunged to her death from a three-story building at Mountview Secondary school. Anamika Singh, a 14 year-old grade eight student, of Myrtle place allegedly in full view of her teachers and other students. She said her killing herself was personal, that is before jumping.

Her father, Colonel Ravin Singh, is the head of the Crime Prevention Unit at Point Police Station. Teenage suicide in South Africa is on the rise. Jimmy Henderson observed: "As early as 2006, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group(SADAG) identified suicide as the third biggest killer of youth. In South Africa, 9 percent of all teen deaths are caused by suicide. Teenagers are especially vulnerable and a high-risk group, with statistics showing that the fastest growing age-group for suicides are young women between the ages of 15-19 years.

According to research by suicide expert and analyst, Prof. Lourens Schlebusch, of the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, says that "teenage depression could result from a number of factors, including poor school performance, or academic failure(with resulting pressure from parents), interpersonal problems, such as failed relationships or break-up with a partner(boyfriend or girlfriend), and stress in the family due to financial problems, domestic violence or child abuse… Symptoms included sudden changes in behavior, concentration, school performance or a loss of interest in social activities.

Teens at risk often engage in negative thinking, including thoughts of hurting themselves and speaking about suicide. This kind of talk need to be taken seriously. Parents have to be aware and learn about the warning signs early; to remain involved in the lives of their children and offer support by being willing to listen to their problems." This sounds ideal, but life in the Township is not so linear of World Cup fevered, but barren,d desolate and quiet. In effect, there is a serious break-down of family coherence, unity and values amongst the poor and desolate in South Africa. Racism is part of the psyche, realpolitik and existential reality of South African. One can look at the example below from a prominent newspapers in South Africa:

A Hotel Corporation of a Durban block of flats and its former chairwoman are to place an advertisement in a national newspaper apologizing for any past racist behavior against African people. Katija Minty, who owns a unit in Winkelspruit, had her chairwoman, Mini Horn who said that they should ensure that they did not let the units to too black people many. They placed the add in the farthest corner of the newspaper where it could be seen, and not by all(Daily News, Durban).

This is mild and is part and parcel of the race relations between Africans and Whites in South Africa. There are still some whites in South Africa who still cling on to the old Apartheid mentality and perceptions whenever they deal with people of African descent in the country. One can see this biased and racist, deviant and misinforming reportage when one reads what they press in South Africa is saying about AIDS and what they are doing. This has been reported in the Daily News in Durban, Natal, South Africa!

In some of its breaking news, the Durban Daily News has reported that, "More than 800 men have been circumcised in Kwa-Zulu Natal to help combat HIV infections. So far 800 men have been circumcised aT the end of April. The premier said that the provincial government had set a target of circumcising 47,055 newborn boy and 186,703 males during 2010/11. Strong evidence from clinical trials in Orange Farm in Gauteng, Kenya and Uganda had demonstrated that circumcised males had close to 60 percent less chance of acquiring HIV during sexual intercourse than uncircumcised men."

In Eshowe, according to premier Mkhize, his department and the United States Government's Presidential Emergency Plan for Aids Relief would hold the first male circumcision camp, for men between the ages of 14 and 25 years. It is interesting that this type of reportage is done and carried by the newspapers in the country whose African inhabitants are dying in droves from the AIDs/HIV disease. This is the type of drivel and insensitive reporting found in the newspapers in South Africa, and yet you still find people reading this drivel and passing it on as facts. In another story, reported in the press in South Africa, the following excerpt was posted:

Foreign Journalist staying at a lodge in Magaliesburg fear for their lives after three of the colleagues were robbed at gunpoint. Portuguese photographer Antonio Simoes was robbed of his camera equipment and cash after he was held down at gunpoint by two men while in bed at the Nutbush Homa Lodge. The robbers went into another room, robbing two other journalists, Rui Gustavo Morais from Portugal and Miguel Serrano from Spain.

Morais was robbed of two suitcases containing clothes an other valuables, including a passport, laptop, three cellphones and $400 in cash, this was reported by the Daily News in Durban. Crime takes many forms in south Africa during the World Cup mania, and many people are still going to be hurt and robbed, and others will have the best fun ever.(All over the South African Press).

Crime is happening in South Africa and other parts of the world and misrepresentation of facts are also part and parcel of the propaganda of a press that is owned and controlled by the former apartheid goons and their staff, and business/government alliances. Maybe somethings about the crime are true, but the rest is just garbage which paints the poor and distraught poor peoples of South Africa in a negative light.

Cape Argus - Western Cape

By pursuing on the news bulletin and headlines, one gets the general picture of the state of affairs in South Africa. For instance, the Cape Argus had the following headlining news on its front pages:

"Man killed as Gunmen open fire on house." "Three wounded in gang Shooting." "Two in court for Plain Street shooting." "Makgoba intercedes in toilet fight." "Suspect Arrested After four-year-old shot." Man stabbed while looking for cheating lover." Some people feel like such reporting is wrong to write about, but that is what the press in South Africa highlights and makes part of the reading and discourse within the country

This is just a smattering of events that are happening as the preparation for the World Cup is winding towards the kick off on the June 11. The society at this point is still in the grip of events that have been careening all the time from the end of Apartheid rule to the beginning of the World Cup and beyond. At the same time, this does not mean that everything is doom and gloom in South Africa.

There has been a lot of infrastructural upgrading, the new "Gorton",(Bullet-looking-like train) from Sandton City to the Airport; the newly introduced bus-transit system called "Ra Vaya," Road upgrading and general environmental manicuring and priming. President Zuma has introduced some form of discipline within the police force, and government administrative offices. In short, a lot of good things have happened because it was necessitated by the coming World Cup.

South Africa has a lot of slums dotting the landscape, and most of them were inherited fro the era of Apartheid, and others have mushroomed since the beginning of ANC rule. These slum-dwellers are creating problems and challenge to the ANC. One of the war that is going on is spearheaded by "Abahlali base-Mjondolo" (slum dwellers) and other organization who are urging the ANC to keep its promise and build them houses. So far, the ANC has used an RDP program to build people houses, although the owners are depressed rather than impressed with the quality of the houses that are built by the RDP government program.

Mail and Guardian

The tradition of Pringle and Fairbairn is being re-lived replayed again by this interesting Paper. They have set out to find answers as to who cashed in on the Millions spent on the Soccer World up, after M&G's victory in court on Tuesday to access the tender documents. The Gauteng High Court ruled on Tuesday afternoon that the World Cup local organizing committee must provide the M&G with all tender documents pertaining to contracts awarded for the World Cup and the Confederation Cup within 30 days…

This fight began when Danny Jordan(LOC's Chief Executive was refusing to release any tender documents relating to the tournament. Since the court ruling, it means even the names of the to which contract were given and the value of those contracts. The judge said: "Refusing access to these records would enable the organizer of this event to keep from the public eye documents which may disclose evidence of corruption, graft and incompetence in the organization of the World Cup or which my disclose that there has been no such malfeasance"(Verashni Pillay) The M&G reports that Judge Les Morison awarded the costs to the newspaper.

M&G also reports about the first clashes in which several people were injured when the security guards threw bottle at office of security manager at the Moses Mabhida stadium on Monday. It is reported by the M&G that about 500 guards went on a rampage, overturning bins and throwing objects at police after the game between Germany and Australia. The guards are alleged to have said that they were supposed to be paid R1,500 and they received R190. The guards who were employed by a company called Stallion Security, which received the tender from a local organizing, could not be gotten by M&G for comment.(M&G)

The National section of the news of M&G has these headliners:

Police break up Cup wages Protest; Tender Ruling a victory for transparency;

Cabinet Sets up team to foil xenophobic attacks(does this mean the government is at odds with its own constituency)? - World Cup tenders to be released - Cabinet sets up team to foil xenophobic attacks - Public-sector Unions threaten World Cup strike. There is an Escom strike looming.

Interregnum

As of the writing of this Hub, there is heightened euphoria and an air filled and pregnant with expectation and high optimism throughout South Africa. Many people, not all, are involved in one form or another. Musicians, actors, writers, pundits of all stripes, the constant blurting sounds of the 'Vuvuzela', people , in the bitterly cold South Africa of June(Winter Season), are up and about in the Townships; singing, blowing the Vuvuzelas, moving up and down in their imported Europeans and American along with Japanese and other cars; flags fluttering on their car mirrors; children, overly excited and unbridled in their enthusiasm; some people have prepared their houses to receive World Cup Fans.

But some are not seeing anyone come, as yet; the race relations between Africans and Africans(or Whites in general) within South Africa have somewhat thawed; the excitement and happiness displayed by the denizens of the Townships is off-the-hook; Soweto is a mad-house Ghetto/Suburb/Slum; liquor(beer and hot-stuff is flowing) in the Taverns, B&Bs, ordinary and nondescript houses; rabid Township soccer fans are rubbing their palms with heightened and fever-pitch glee and expectation to be in a position to see their soccer idols from overseas, LIVE, in their own stadiums and country.

Cape Town City, Downtown Johannesburg, Durban and such like cities throughout South Africa are buzzing with life. Some room in places like the One&Only in Cape Town's waterfront start form R7,000 to R55,000($1,000 to $6,000) for the two-bedroom presidential suite. There's so much opulence it boggles the mind of a township dweller to even wrap their mind around. There are places such as the Bastien Gonzalez with intensive pedicure for R880; daily live Jazz; baby sitting, and one can snack-up of Future Bloody Mary, featuring Biltong-infused vodka; the rooms depend on the season and the room.(M&G)

The M&G gives a very interesting description and smells of the Airport and the tropical Climate which is 10 minutes from Umhlanga, with Durban proper about 20 minutes down the M4, and according to Nic Dawes, where roadworks choke the traffic between the sea and the folded sails of the Moses Mabhida stadium.(Nic Dawes)

The whole entertainment farce being quoted above is showing how in the midst of plenty, there are suffering and hungry hordes who are not getting anything out of this Gravy Express(which is only a month — from June 11 to the 11 of July). The M&G is one of the newspapers which play pivotal role in the vanguard of keeping the 'check 'and balances' acute and keeping the window of censorship form totally shutting down

When Rugby first came to Orlando Stadium, in the "Kasi"(Short for Lokasie/Location), which part of the lingua-franca of the township slang for the large sprawl which is the Township of Soweto, race relations have begun to thaw. Although there will be disbelievers, who still fear to go into the mammoth Ghetto/Suburb. Even though most White people who are the inhabitants of South Africa, came to Soweto as 'tourists', they became immersed in the midst of the quasi-superficial alcohol-driven color-blind euphoria that saw drunk Afrikaner men hand in had with the women who sell "pap en vleis"(Mielie cooked serving with meat).

There was a cross-cultural display of affection and boundary-breaking and "de-othering" by both White visitors and the African hosts. It is ironic that it was Rugby, and not soccer, that has made White South Africans to go in droves to Orlando Stadium, in Soweto. This could be interpreted as a subconscious desire, collectively, to move on from the past a stark reminder that South Africans have not. The hosts were extra nice(some think because these were white people), but it was part of the "Ubuntu" culture and beingness of Africans in South Africans to be courteous and kind. The Visitors were surprised that Soweto was a normal place with very normal people. A couple of weeks ago, with the murder of Terreblanche(AWB) leader had put South Africa on the precipice of a race war.

Between the Host(African South Africans/Citizens of Soweto), was still reminiscent of 1995, as if true only happened last month, and it was as if the past 16 years were less significant than most people would like to think. Many Afrikaner visitors, in this case, were still being taught how to say Sawubona (Hello or Hi) by the hosts(Africans), and many were willing to be photographed with White people, without any hitch or negative and ugly race relations rearing its distorted head. Watching the dynamics of this intra- and interaction between the two races, it is not yet clear as to whether the common ground established by sports fanaticism will readily translate into an authentic sense of equality and respect for one another.

One short note about the pre-Game "international" concert that saw the absence of the local African, Afrikaner and other races of South African musicians, except for Hugh and Lira, in the end looked like a farce, and the locals seem to have been left flabbergasted and discombobulated by the events and the music. It seems most were left freezing in the South African nasty and cold weather with many unknown musicians belting out their songs, to a seemingly lukewarm reception form the crowd, except for the shrill shouts that were there when Hush too over.

Alicia Keys tried to warm up the crowds with apt lyrical songs. But it felt like the concert was a 'dud' to some extend because it did not mix a lot of local and well-known musicians, except for Vusi Mahlasela(the guitarist) who too left the fans wondering as to what was his performance all about. The Black Jacks sang along with Alicia Key, and the Black Jacks sang a semi-revolutionary song.

But still this begs the question as where were the local musicians, or is it the case of local 'ain't all that'? One left the gig wondering as to where were the locals with their rich music and culture? People are being abused in many subtle ways than would be clear to the eye and man-in-the-street's understanding. Things seem to have change and sustain the status quo and segregated social order; in reality, it has made it unsustainable.

Synthesis of Synergy

The word in the local street of the Township of Soweto and other sectors of civilian life and walk are decrying the fact that they had been "had," they "had been took ," and "bamboozled" by the World cup committee and its wards. This is from the fact that many people are still puzzled by the going-ons in their domicile, there are issues of fraud, deceit and plain con-manship by both the government,FIFA, and the FIFA organization, Tourism agencies, theMedia, Spin-weavers and a whole host of predators preying on the local culture, its peoples and the local's empty pockets, vulnerability and 'state' of shock.

In many other areas of the endeavor/business for the locals, whenever "Big-Money" takes over, Africans in South Africa are auspiciously absent, and in fact,they are relegated to their hovels and other unsavory areas where their need, importance and relevance is shunned and ignored. In most cases, the ANC talks to its voting block as if its addressing children, and ignores their complains.

For instance, the locals cook their own brand of food, but they are going to be limited to one-mile radius from the stadiums, and only sponsored and licensed hawkers will be permitted to hawk their goods. The permit for selling anything during the world cup is exorbitantly prohibitive, especially for the poor and downtrodden masses. When the tourist come around, locals are 'checked' and are not allowed to freely interact with them. The heavily armed police(dubbed 'Rambos' by the locals) are protecting the tourists from the locals, and are vicious towards the citizens of these townships.

The same behavior outlined in the previous paragraph clearly describes the attitude of the government towards it people, whom they will need for the next round of votes. An unscientific poll of the people of Soweto as to what was their take about the world Cup, and the performance of the government turns-out most of them cannot wait for this tournament to end, and maybe they will be able to deal with their reality.

Those asked a few of these question cannot fathom their own positions in the rainbow society that is South Africa today. Unemployment is in the mid and upper forty percentile; poverty is harsh and rife; crime is high and unsustainable; intra- and inter-race animosity tense and ever-present; the old racism of the past lingering in the foreground and background; the general populace in a nutshell are deflated and disappointed that although the world Cup is in their country, they are left out in many key events and decision-making processes that the world sees as 'something' successful.

Most of the African South Africans have a sense that they are playing a second or last role in the affairs concerning them and they are treated by their government as second class citizens with preference for foreigners and other people except them As these events swirl with the days waning toward the beginning and end of the World cup, a Perfect Storm is building given the legitimate grievances made by the citizens of South Africa of all stripes about their treatment and their being neglected all at the same time. Only one-third of the people of the world are sleep at any given moment. The disparities between the most affluent and the poverty-stricken hordes is gapingly obvious.

"The other two-thirds are awake and probably stirring up mischief somewhere."(Dean Rusk) The narrative above seems to aptly describe the opening saying by Dean Rusk. The present ruling government in South Africa seems to think that three-quarters of the population to be asleep, and that they(ANC) belong to the one-quarter which forms the upper echelons of the ruling and monied-class in south Africa, and the class that makes decisions for the rest.

"Leaders who plan for an African future but consider knowledge of the past irrelevant can only be presumed to be harboring he colonialist view of the African past. It was the wisdom of our fathers to emphasize that each present generation owes obligations and responsibilities to both the ancestors and the generations yet unborn."(Ajayi)

To regain our dignity, we must make it impossible for any group(even those who look like us and claim to represent the interest of African people), to ever gain and trample upon the African people. African people must confront their intentions to do so with a power they can neither trample upon nor ignore.

The Storm is Gathering

Since the independence of South Africa from Apartheid,the African elite have proclaimed it their aim to foster the economic and cultural development of the country. We have, after 16 years, begun to see how they are doing. The record of stasis is disappointing enough; still, there are other causes for alarm. There is a strange quisling quality about their actions which forces people to ask whether they are primarily African nationalists, or modern African slavers serving the West just as the slaving elites did centuries ago.

They seem to be victims of voluntary cultural servitude and of an economic insecurity which predispose them to serve the West rather than South Africa. They present and display mental conditioning and habits of consumption that so alarmingly unite their political and economic interests with those of the Western masters, at the expense of the indigenous population(African South Africans and poor Whites).

The received political faith of most of these petite bourgeoisie is liberalism in one form or another. These African liberals, as agents of an international liberal imperialism, have a special job: to spread the liberal ideology in South Africa, to maintain a black front there for a neocolonial world order run by the West, to administer the neocolonial African territory(South Africa, in this specific case), for the West, and to restore the imperialized status quo if any genuinely African nationalist regime should storm its way into power in South Africa.

To call them neocolonial administrators is not to say that they, like the former white Apartheid colonial administrators, receive direct orders or mandatory guidelines from the masters overseas, with detailed or discretionary instructions on what to do, and when and how to do it. Some do, but the ruling elite in South Africa is in cahoots with the past Apartheid regime.

What they do and project to their people(Africans, in particular), is that they operate in an environment, with a mentality, and under conditioned attitudes and direct advice that all tend to yield policies that primarily serve the past neocolonial Apa