Tickets, however, are only available online and there are a limited number of black South Africans who possess both the internet access and credit card necessary to procure lower-priced match entry. It is going to block many people. The World Cup, like other mega-events before it, has also been criticized by activists trying to raise awareness of the poor, homeless, and under-housed South Africans displaced by stadium and infrastructure development. These are the poor that organizers hope will to be out of the tourist gaze. One response by FIFA and local World Cup organizers has been to fund local sport development and health promotion projects. Other "social legacy" initiatives call for a reduction in the event's carbon footprint.
For four weeks starting 11 June , South Africa will be the centre of the world. The World Cup in Germany was the most extensively viewed event in television history. South Africa will draw even bigger audiences. The sound it makes is something between the bellow of a constipated elephant and the buzzing of a giant swarm of baritone bees, but South Africans like it.
A total of teams entered the qualification competition, with South Africa , as the host, qualifying for the World Cup automatically. The first qualification matches were played on 25 August and qualification concluded on 18 November Overall, goals were scored over matches, scoring on average 2. At the close of entries on 15 March , football associations had entered the preliminary competition: out of the FIFA members at that time including the host nation, South Africa, as the qualification procedure in Africa also acted as the qualification for the African Cup of Nations and the Montenegro team, which later became FIFA's th member.
Children squint as wind whips the grey sand into their faces. A teenager braves the flies and stench of a leaking outdoor toilet to draw water from a standpipe. He stares vacantly along regimented rows of corrugated iron shacks encircled by a tall, concrete fence. No grass or trees grow here. Many say they were forcibly evicted from their former homes and moved here against their will.