Community blog: Life without ‘2010’
2010 is almost over – the 2010 Soccer World Cup, that is. In South Africa, we simply referred to the greatest sporting event to hit our shores as 2010. For years since it was first announced that South Africa would organise the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the country has been collectively, and sometimes not, looking forward to the day when the world would see what the rainbow nation is about.
The task ahead was difficult because South Africa had to build from scratch and also improve existing structures. The threat of the “Plan B” was often bandied about at will when it seemed as though we were not living up to our promises.
In Parliament the debates raged on about the wisdom of hosting a World Cup in a country that has enormous economic disparities. One school of thought felt the money could be used to build more schools, houses, hospitals and be invested in closing down the gap between the rich and the poor. Another school of thought believed the country needed a moral booster and unifier in a space where the racial tensions and the divisions in society were growing wider by the day.
The day finally came and we opened our arms to the world. This World Cup was not without its challenges, but there was plenty of good that also came with it.
It will be all over on Sunday night. When we wake up on Monday, July 12, 2010 will be over. The hangover from the last month will still be fresh on our national psyche, the visitors will be leaving our shores, and it will be all over. No more 2010. How are we to cope? How do we begin to live without 2010?