Since the start of this farce called the Soccer World Cup, we have been force fed on the lie that this is Africa’s Cup, or as the song Points out: Its time for Africa. In truth, the entire event was hosted by one country in Africa, not the entire continent. South Africa. So logic dictates that this World Cup nonsense is South Africa’s World Cup Nonsense.
But no, we are lead to believe this is Africa’s chance. If this is Africa’s World Cup, I have an important question:
Why didn’t any other country help pay for the infrastructure, leaving the debt firmly settled on the 5 million tax payers of, you guessed it, South Africa? Seeing as we are all in this together, surely some of the burden and not just the benefits should be handled equally?
The truth is this was South Africa’s World Cup. We managed to prove to the world that we can host a big international event, and we also proved why we shouldn’t (vuvuzelas’ anyone?). As well as being host to the biggest time, money and space waster in the world, I also think its a little unfair to celebrate this excessiveness. These soccer players are paid huge amounts of money and they come to a third world country that struggles to squeeze what it needs to function out of its citizens. R47 Billion for new infrastructure in a country that has to go beg to the World Bank for money to ensure there will be electricity for the actual event to take place, while the coaches alone are getting up to 80-million Pounds a year… Meanwhile more than half the population of the entire planet lives on less than $2 a day.
Choosing South Africa must have been a joke, a joke we took far to seriously, but a joke. Something along the lines of “Lets go look at all the starving children in Africa while we fill up our houses with golden toilets”.
I for one am deeply horrified we ever agreed to take part in this “Celebration of Excess”. I mourn for this world when we place a higher price on some guys ability to kick a ball and fake an injury than the mass of humanity’s survival.
And here is what the rest of the world now thinks of Africa: