If you are like me, you are looking forward to the soccer World Cup in South Africa in 2010. But my only concern is that, when the final whistle is blown in the final game in Johannesburg in 2010 and the soccer World Cup Champions are crowned, that could also be the final whistle being blown on South Africa.
Right now we are currently facing ridiculously high inflation of 9.4%, Eskom are proposing to increase the price of electricity in the country by over 50%, there is going to be a huge fuel price increase next month and chances are that interest rates are going to go up next month as well. Not to mention how the Rand is softening against most of the major world currencies. All seems gloomy in South Africa right now with a lot of people planning on leaving the country to try avoid all that is happening in the country. The one shining light that maybe in the country right now, or atleast for me anyway, is the fact that the soccer World Cup is only two years away from happening in South Africa and that is something to look forward to. But that in its own right has also been having its own glitches with delays in stadium construction and rumoured infightings between the organisers of the tournament.
But I still think the World Cup will take place in 2010 in South Africa and I will stick around in South Africa and wait to see this once in a life time event. I also have a feeling that most people in the country are gearing towards this event in 2010 and South Africa maybe kept ‘together’ up until 2010. A lot has been invested into this tournament, all eyes around the world are focussing on South Africa right now and as South Africans we know we are being watched. So we have to make this event work no matter what. But my fear is, the moment the World Cup ends everything else will potentially come to an end in South Africa. South Africans may start to leave the country in search of a better life. It maybe too early to predict what the situation will be in South Africa in 2010 but with the way things are going now, some serious changes need to be made in order to keep the country going forward.
I seriously hope that I am wrong and that all will be well by the time 2010 comes and when that final whistle is blown at Soccer City in 2010, OR Tambo International airport will not be flooded with not only the visitors going back to their homes but with South Africans also leaving the country.