Reuters Soccer Blog
World Soccer views and news
I work in an arts and crafts shop, and I can tell first hand that the tourists are either hiding because of the weather in Cape Town or we’re too expensive for them. Either way, they are not showing their faces.
During the December holidays they get our four shops cramped up, because everyone wants a piece of our African art. But, during the World Cup, the only thing that’s helping the Old Biscuit mill’s tenants is the food market on Saturdays and sometimes during the week when they have a night market.
A friend who works at a bar in Camps Bay was telling me that they are lucky to even still be working, because business is slow. Camps Bay is one of the places that should be buzzing with people, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
I asked a few local customers what their thoughts were one this matter, one of them answered bluntly that “Cape Town is expensive, even more than London”.
The friendly city of Port Elizabeth has not been left behind in the wave of the 2010 Fifa World Cup euphoria. As one of the host cities, PE, is putting together the last touch ups before the World Cup officially begins on June 11.
In Uptown Culture Centre in the CBD’s Rink Street, artists, craftsmen and painters are working at finishing their “2010 projects” which included beaded wire soccer balls, soccer boots and stadiums.