As Johannesburg prepares for the first match of the World Cup, Ray Suarez talks to Fred de Sam Lazaro about how hosting the world’s biggest sporting event is playing out in South Africa. Continue reading
This year’s World Cup song, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” has stirred sentiment among South Africans, many of whom were outraged because FIFA selected a non-African, Colombian pop star Shakira, to write the song and perform lead vocals.
The distinctive traits of South Africa’s World Cup stadiums — such as zebra-striped seats and a calabash pot shape — are meant to represent their country’s complex culture. But some have criticized the money spent amid more pressing needs at home. Continue reading