Rustenburg is perhaps most famous as a platinum mining town, but is preparing to step into the limelight during the FIFA World Cup. Not only will it play host to the England squad during the tournament, the new Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace will host games involving Mexico, USA and Uruguay.
For the first time in its history, the FIFA World Cup will have a showcase arena for all 32 participating teams, offering a dynamic platform to showcase their national brand identity and to celebrate their respective cultural and commercial assets. In celebration, we here take a look at the teams in the bottom half of the draw.
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth will host matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including the play-off for third place. The purpose built Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium has been built for the tournament and will offer football a permanent home in the city once the curtain falls.
The artistic city of Mangaung/Bloemfontein is the provincial capital of the Free State Province, and home to some of the country’s most fanatical football supporters. It will play host to a number of group games at the FIFA World Cup, as well as one of last 16 matches. So what does it offer fans after the 90 minutes is up?
As the eyes of the world turn to South Africa for the World Cup, the nation’s most talked about resort, Legend Golf & Safari Resort, is set to be one of the stars of the summer, as well as hosting 8,000 Brazil fans.
For the first time in its history, the FIFA World Cup will have a showcase arena for all 32 participating teams, offering a dynamic platform to showcase their national brand identity and to celebrate their respective cultural and commercial assets. In celebration, we here take a look at the teams in the top half of the draw.
Located in the north-east of South Africa, Polokwane is as a vibrant, busy and colourful wonderland in a sea of grasslands, surrounded by scenic mountains. With the Baobab inspired Peter Mokaba Stadium ready to host games featuring France and Argentina, the city is expecting to welcome thousands of guests during the World Cup.
With the World Cup, Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games, this year is set to be a record-breaker for sport tourism. Mike Starling gives the lowdown on the legacies created by hosting world-class sporting events.
Surrounded by some of South Africa’s most spectacular game reserves and the famous Kruger National Park, Nelspruit offers more than just a world-class football stadium. The town will host four games during the 2010 World Cup, but visitors will also have the opportunity to explore some of the most fascinating environments on earth.
Johannesburg is the financial heart of South Africa and also the citadel for the country’s most intense sporting rivalry – the ‘Soweto Derby’ between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. With Soccer City and Ellis Park Stadium set to host the opening match and final of the FIFA World Cup, the city is sure to be at the very centre of the action.
Voted “Africa’s Leading Destination” by the World Travel Awards, Cape Town is the embodiment of the new Africa – a culturally rich city blessed with a breathtaking setting between the ocean and the mountains. This summer the “Mother City” was This summer will play host to one semi-final of the Fifa 2010 World Cup plus a number of group games.
Durban will host to a number of matches at this summer’s World Cup, including one semi-final. BTN looks at the city’s sport tourism credentials, including the attractions and opportunties for business and leisure travellers alike.