We’re staying at the St. John’s Waterfront Lodge, just a few minutes walk from the Cape Town stadium where some World Cup matches are scheduled. We hoped to get a tour of the facility, but were told we came a few days too late.
I begin casually talking to one of the stadium volunteers who turned out to be a prospective source in turning some of our story ideas into actual stories. Cole Davids works with the president’s office in coordinating various youth projects. We discussed a few ideas that sound promising, so if you get any stories from us involving children, he probably helped with sources and research.
Cole was just one of many people who helped us in various ways throughout the day. I don’t think the World Cup had anything to do with it; South Africans are just generally nice people. You could tell no one was putting on an act. It was just so genuine.
The only unhappy faces we came across where a group of people camped just outside the stadium, hoping to find various jobs for the duration of the World Cup. Here’s a short video I recorded of the event.
This an example of the economic impact the World Cup will have in South Africa. There will undoubtedly be more stories or blog entries related to this issue.
I could fill you in on many other events that have taken place, but I’ll save some until later.
Signing out from South Africa, with love!