Discover What South African Cities Are

Discover What South African Cities Are

South Africa is the home to a population that is a combination of a great number of religions. It is also the center of a lot of languages and cultures with traditions that belong to some of the oldest cultures of the world. Also known as RSA or SA, it has always been the center of the powers of the world. They have travelled, long distances to gain the control of this part of this world as it used to be the only passage between the east and west until the opening of Suez Canal (meaning the gateway to India). South African cities have century’s long traditions and a culture that was once part of the oldest civilizations of the world. These cities have traditions that belong to the people of the oldest time. They have rituals that have survived the hardships of time and have been safely guarded and transferred to the people who live there today. South African cities have diverse distribution of resources. Some of these are extremely rich like Cape Town, while others are not very rich and usually constitute the major population of people who live in slums. In these cities mass graves and fossils of people of earlier times like Homo sapiens have been found, who are thought to rule this place thousands of years ago. These cities have become the attraction of people from around the world, who come here to spend their vacations or on educational tours. The economically advanced cities host a number of elegant and beautiful hotels. These hotels are big and present their guests with a lot of facilities. The staff here is kind and tends to help their customers to the very extreme. Most of these hotels are present at serene locations that give beautiful views to the people staying there. Many of these hotels on the coastline make your trip memorable. They line up aside a beautiful coastline, with white sand and blue water beaches. The water of these beaches is the part of Indian and the Atlantic Oceans.

South African cities are also rich in mineral esources. In these cities several hundred diamonds and gold mines have been found. This has greatly increased the amount of foreign investments in these cities making them financially stable. In addition to this many people from around the world come here and visit these mines. South African cities also have a number of world renowned clubs and pubs. Alcohol is legal in these cities. Apart from this South Africa has made its mark in the field of cricket and football. In 2010, it became the first country of Africa to hold the FIFA Football world Cup, which took place in its various cities. South Africa and its cities are a great way to spend your vacations. With its beautiful green lands, deserts and coastal areas, these cities will make your trip truly memorable.

Benefits of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for South Africa

Benefits of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for South Africa

With the build up to the 2010 FIFA world cup final against European giants Spain and Netherlands generating substantial excitement and ethos, a lot can be said about the success of the world cup so far in terms of its logistics and more especially, the benefits that have been or will be generated from its occurrence. One can characterise the world cup by its positive effects that have been produced or will be produced by it transpiring. These benefits have been both of a tangible and intangible form, ranging from social benefits to economic benefits. Firstly, the level of social cohesion brought about by the world cup has been inspiring to say the least. It has brought together fans from different race gropus, religious groups, and social standing for the purpose of supporting their country in the world cup. This has been a positive step forward in uniting the host country South Africa as a truly democratic society. Evidence of this cohesion can be seen at the fan fest parks and soccer matches, with various South African fans coming together without segregation intentions. Personally, I have bared witness to this happening at the matches that I have been to. Other social benefits also brought about by the world cup includes a sense of pride and patriotism by citizens of South Africa successfully hosting such an enormous event.

Economically, the FIFA world cup will positively affect South Africa’s GDP in the near future. According to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, current projections display a 0.4% growth in South Africa’s GDP as a result of the world cup. Even though this growth seems small, given that South Africa’s economy contracted by 1.8% in 2009, this growth will nevertheless help South Africa’s economy to grow positively this year. According to Pravin Gordhan, as estimated 130 000 jobs were created in the build up to the world cup. Additionally, the progression of the world cup has permitted local business such as restaurants, shopping malls, and hotels to experience unusually increased business from international and local soccer fans. However, the probability of this growth declining after the world cup, as one would expect, is logically high.

In terms of the country’s image and goodwill, the world cup will undoubtedly transform South Africa’s image in the eyes of major sporting committees such as the Olympic committee. The successful execution of the world cup so far has really created a reputation for South Africa as a country that can successfully meet deadlines and deliver. This will unquestionably hold South Africa in excellent stead for further hosting of major sporting and non sporting events. According to Pravin Gordhan, “we have earned the reputation of a country that can actually deliver and that is good for future growth. This infrastructure we have built is not a short term infrastructure that you build today and destroy tomorrow. We have increased the productivity of the people of South Africa and all of that is part of our development and long term planning for our country”.

Thus, the arrival of the 2010 FIFA world cup has certainly resulted in benefits being enjoyed or which will be enjoyed by South Africa, its economy, and its people. However, once the world cup has ended and international fans have departed to their homelands, the question of whether South Africa will have the ability to maintain the new infrastructure that it has produced for the world cup, unfortunately, only time will tell.