Johannesburg, South Africa: Home of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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The city of Johannesburg is both the largest and richest city in the nation of South Africa. It is also one of the nine cities selected to host the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup, although among those cities it has the unique distinction of being home to two stadiums, including Soccer City, the venue for the final. The chance to shine on the international stage has led to massive renovations of the stadiums and tourist-focused areas of the city. These renovations create numerous jobs, which are frequently taken by migrant workers from other regions. Huge improvements must also be made in Johannesburg’s infrastructure to cope with the thousands of fans that will flock to the city. With regular funding diverted to soccer projects and construction jobs being taken by foreigners, money is taken from the poorer areas of the city, those neighborhoods once closely linked to the segregated areas seen in the apartheid era. This system may be outlawed, but similar discrimination does continue through today. It is a combination of these issues that allows a large separation between the rich and poor in the city, even as the city comes into the international spotlight of the FIFA tournament. To prepare for the World Cup, South Africa is constructing five brand new stadiums and renovating five more as game fields in addition to many more practice fields across the country. The construction of fields is a hugely expensive undertaking, but will also provide countless construction jobs, though the money is slow to trickle down to the lowest levels of society. This is especially true in Johannesburg, home of two stadiums: Ellis Park Stadium and more importantly Soccer City, the venue for the Final. Soccer City will be nearly destroyed and rebuilt ... ... middle of paper ... ...odes, A., & Watson, V. (2008). Learning from the Post-Apartheid Experience. In Planning and Transformation. New York: Routledge. Jacobson, C. (2009, Dec 3). Tourism chiefs war against 2010 World Cup greed. Retrieved Dec 3, 2009, from Yahoo! Sports News: http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=ap-wcup-tourism&prov=ap&type=lgns Johannesburg City Government. (2005, February 24). Joburg gears up for Soccer World Cup. Retrieved December 1, 2009, from City of Johannesburg: http://www.joburg.org.za/content/view/673/191/ Knox, P., & Marston, S. (2007). Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context. Upper Saddle River: Pearson. Lappin, Y. (2009, October 11). Israeli helping South Africa make 2010 World Cup safe. Retrieved December 3, 2009, from Jurusalem Post International News: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1255204772362&pagename=JPArticle/ShowFull

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