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2010PETS阅读:世界杯后看南非
北京时间7月12日凌晨,在经过31个日夜的鏖战之后,2010年南非世界杯落下帷幕。首次举办世界杯大赛的东道主南非在此期间向全世界的球迷和观众展现了一个崭新的非洲大陆,各国媒体均评价此次世界杯为“非洲大陆的胜利”、“一次盛大的聚会”以及“组织良好的一届杯赛”。在南非国内,举办www.pets12345.com义堪与20年前曼德拉走出种族隔离监狱、让南非走上完全民主之路相比。南非总统祖马表示,世界杯期间,南非人民爆发出来的民族自豪感和团结精神是这次大赛带给南非最有价值的收获,全世界看到了一个崭新的非洲,这是花多少钱也买不到的效果。

The World Cup unveiled a new South Africa to the rest of the planet, upending stereotypes and nightmare scenarios about a country that proudly showed off its modern accomplishments.

Images of the world's best footballers, ecstatic fans and top stadiums ruled headlines usually clouded by South Africa's painful apartheid divisions and staggering crime and poverty that still afflict millions.


"The world has seen this country in a different light," President Jacob Zuma boasted.

The first World Cup on African soil has also rubbed off on the rest of the continent, often written off in shades of despair, as 17 states mark 50 years of independence from European colonial powers.

Newspapers from around the world have declared the World Cup a "win for all of Africa", "a big successful party", and a "well-organized Cup" as visiting celebrities gushed about the host.

Within South Africa, the experience was compared to the euphoria experienced 20 years ago when Nelson Mandela walked out of an apartheid prison and set the nation on the path toward full democracy, with elections he won in 1994.

"To just present a new South Africa that we dreamt about when Mandela walked out of prison in 1990 becoming a reality in 2010, and that was special," said the top World Cup organizer Danny Jordaan, a veteran of the democracy struggle.

After the kickoff on June 11, dire warnings overseas that tourists would need stab-proof vests and private bodyguards quickly slipped away in favor of images of a multi-racial nation celebrating together in modern cities.

"The explosion of national pride and the unity that has been displayed by all South Africans is an invaluable benefit of the tournament," Zuma said.

In a country where the median age is 25, most South Africans alive today had little first-hand experience of apartheid which forced races apart but sharp divisions still exist.

Crime is justifiably a national pre-occupation, with an average 50 murders a day but most violent crime takes place among the poorest South Africans in shantytowns far from the typical tourist vista.

South Africa's poor also experience the greatest struggles getting an education, accessing public services and finding a job - which give the country the world's biggest gap between rich and poor.

For the middle and upper classes, the World Cup created an incentive to mingle across racial lines - to take trains and buses together, to sing and blow vuvuzelas in the stands.

After the World Cup, most people will return to their normal lives, and few expect to see many white faces in black neighborhoods. "After, it will be quiet and there won't be any whites any more in Soweto," said Evans Shivambu, at a farewell parade for the tournament.

But sports authorities say they want to make an effort and next month will stage a rugby Test match in Soccer City, bringing a traditionally white sport to the stadium on the edge of Soweto.

Despite stadium white elephant worries - the perennial headache of major sports events - the finance ministry says a 38 billion rand ($5 billion) investment in the event paid off without overburdening a budget already financing a $110 billion construction spree.

And the real gains, South Africa believes, are in changing the world's perceptions, a benefit that is hard to quantify.

"You could never pay for it, so I think it's invaluable," said Gillian Saunders, director of Grant Thornton advisory services.

"The real payoff is not the event itself, it's the global profiling of South Africa and that's gone very, very well," she said.