With the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ hosted in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, FIFA.com takes a wander through the length and breadth of the ‘Mother City’ to discover the stories, hopes and 2010 aspirations of five citizens as they go through about their daily lives.
Sylvia Williams (Fish seller at Kalk Bay harbour): ‘Kalk Bay has soul’
Sylvia Williams started selling freshly-caught fish at Kalk Bay harbour 15 years ago with her mother and has been running the business by herself for the last nine years.
“Kalk Bay is the most lively fish market around – there is Hout Bay, but we have far more soul in Kalk Bay. Our busy time is usually from the first week of December, until after Easter, but now we’ll be busier than ever, even in the winter months. Normally these months are flat, but now there should be a good vibe for the World Cup.
“We’ll definitely be better off financially – lots of people will be looking for fresh fish and this is going to be the place to be. During the Rugby and Cricket World Cups we did very well, but we are hoping that with 2010 we could even be 10 times as busy!”
Silubonile Ntseke (Surveyor): ‘The pressure makes this job exciting’
The youthful Silubonile’s work in the actual building of the Green Point stadium will mean that he has something tangible to point to when showing off his involvement in the one of South Africa’s proudest achievements – the hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2010.
“This is a very big project involving so many people and I am very happy to be part of it - it’s the chance of a lifetime and something I can one day tell my children about; when we go past the stadium I can tell them that I helped to build it.
Giovanni (Owner of Giovanni’s Deliworld) : ‘I’ve always had faith in Green Point’
A Green Point local, Giovanni has seen the Atlantic seaboard suburb metamorphose completely over the last 25 years. Having had the vision to see the area’s potential, Giovanni’s business – Giovanni’s Deliworld, just a stones throw from Green Point stadium – is now perfectly positioned to capitalise on 2010 trade.
“I’m really positive about the whole thing - It’s great that the stadium has brought further rejuvenation to the area, indeed the whole of Cape Town. Roads and infrastructure are being improved – and these things will be left with us after 2010. It’s a future investment for a more organised Cape Town and something which would not have happened if we were not hosting the World Cup.
“The dream game for me to watch would be South Africa versus Italy. While my family is from Italy, I’m very much proudly South African, so I would have to support one team in each half.”
Jerome McCarthy (former professional football player) : ‘The World Cup can change mindsets’
Former professional football player for Kaizer Chiefs and Santos, and brother of South African striker Benni McCarthy, Jerome McCarthy still has close ties with the game through his role as a players’ agent. Jerome hopes that with the right investment, the standard of football in this country will rise substantially.
“The World Cup coming to South Africa is helping to lift the enthusiasm of the kids who play the game – they want to meet their heroes and perform like them on the pitch. If the money made from the World Cup is channelled into coaching and academies, it can only improve the standard of the game in this country.
Laura Ndukwana (Owner of Thuthuka Jazz Cafe) : ‘Township businesses will benefit’
Laura runs township tours, as well as a jazz café at her home in Gugulethu, where her family has lived since 1963. She ensures that the local community benefits from her business by taking visitors across the road to a community garden project, encouraging them to support this initiative.
“I believe that township business in general should be able to profit from the World Cup. When I started my tour business 11 years ago, there were no craft markets, no guest houses, no upmarket restaurants in the townships. In terms of shebeens (bars), people used to sit on beer crates, but people are now upgrading and making their places more upmarket – people are gearing up towards and looking forward to 2010.”