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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spin It Anyway You Like...But It's Not All About The World Cup

I don't know about you but I'm becoming very tired that every single news story about South Africa somehow references the 2010 World Cup Finals.

To take just one example, there is this piece in The Daily Telegraph which is nominally about township protests that they don't have access to basic services. The focus of the article, however, is on the potential for violence at South Africa 2010 and of the government raising security levels.

The thing is that these demonstrations, which have apparently included arson and gunfire, are absolutely nothing to do with the 2010 World Cup. And the only quote that even mentions the Finals was this one from Themba Masek, a government spokesman, when he said:

"We do not want to see these demonstrations, especially during the World Cup, when the country's attention and focus should be to be the best host ever."

Presumably he doesn't these protests during the World Cup not because of the potential danger to football tourists but because, with the world's focus on South Africa, it will draw attention to issues that the government doesn't want attention drawn to.

Let's remember that South Africa has already run a very successful rugby world cup tournament and try to avoid stupid scaremongering spin like this Daily Telegraph article. OK?

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posted by mark_s at 8:53 PM


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