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Cape Town Life: The World Cup foreshadows its impact

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The World Cup foreshadows its impact

The official World Cup stadiums have been handed over to FIFA with the result that some of them are no longer available for rugby games. This coincides with The Super 14, a major rugby competition at a scale comparable to the Champions League.

No wonder there were outcries when rugby fans were told they can’t use their home stadium any longer. The Bulls, a rugby team from Johannesburg with prospects to win the Super 14, had to leave their home turf and move to another stadium.

What’s more the new stadium allocated to them was the Orlando stadium in Soweto. Soweto stands for South West Township. A place that back in Apartheid had been allocated to the blacks. Rugby fans are traditionally white. Now they were asked to mix for the sake of sport.

Concerns were voiced and discussed in the media and the news around Johannesburg. Against all fears, the game was a huge success. All kinds of people, no matter what colour, had a blast.

The traffic jam leading up to the game was used as an opportunity to dance on the streets. Vuvuzelas, usually associated with football, were trumpeted at the game. Everybody despite of race, background or age celebrated together.

No surprise that this event was stipulated as “The most important development in rugby since the Springboks won the World Cup in 1995”. And it all happened because of the World Cup.

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