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Football at its top, yesterday.

(image published on www.tagblatt.de)

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  • Filed under: 2014, football
  • What you can really do after the World cup…

    little-eden.jpg World cup is over. But there are also other ways to live Southafrica in the frontline, helping this nation to fight against poverty, deaseases and crime. Before, during and after world cup too. Let’s discover some of them. 

    To follow elephants near PretoriaProjects abroad, an italian organization, offers several voluntary activities, depending on your abilities and experience. For instance: to follow elephants in natural reserves, to work in a Cape town’s newspaper, to have an english course.. To know how visit www.projects-abroad.it.    (more…)

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  • Filed under: 2010
  • Zuma: “We are proud of South Africa”

    from Johannesburg

    tifosi-ingresso-soccer.jpg As South Africa enters it’s last days of hosting the World Cup, we can finally thank this Country for his warm welcome to the tourists and the very good organisation. Also the country’s head of state, President Jacob Zuma believes the “Rainbow Nation” has exceeded expectations with its organisation of the tournament. The supporters confirm this: “Perfect organisation, we never waited a minute” says Teia, argentina tuorist. “Yes, only in the opening match we entered very slowly, but in the other several matches I took part everything was fine” adds Abraham, mexican. “I’m very surprised, I didn’t expect a so good organisation. Ticket, bus: no problems” says Maurizio, italian.
    Even if the african teams are not in the final (and Gyan missed the penalty making his public crying), this world cup has been one of the proudest moment in Africa’s sporting history. “The successful hosting of the event has reaffirmed that FIFA’s trust in Africa was not misplaced. I also believe that the legacy of this FIFA World Cup will benefit the African continent for decades” said Zuma in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com.
    For the whole interview, click here

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  • Seychelles: World Cup Packages

    seychelles-vista-four-seaso.jpg Are you in South Africa for the World Cup and you have free time to visit Seychelles? They are only 4 hours far from Johannesburg and, with Air Seychelles (www.airseychelles.it), you can also fly from Cape Town (starting prize 329 euro). Where to sleep? Four Season Hotel, in Mahe, for example, has special world cup+Seychelles prizes (www.fourseasons.com) in beautiful tree-house villas which offer chic seclusion with large infinity plunge pool and outdoor rain shower on the sea: till 11 July, visitors can enjoy World Cup Package (200 euro resort credit to eat or in spa treatments are offered to guests when they make a minimum of 4 nights). Hilton Hotel is for romantic couples, with jacuzzi in every room and aromatherapy (www.hiltonworldresorts.com). Special offers also in the Ephelia, the nex resort of Mahe, with spa house (www.epheliaresort.com).  You can eat fish in the Barbarons (every wedenesday creol food, www.lemeridien-barbarons.com).
    If you want to sleep in Praslin, deep in the Val de Mai discovering the typical coco de mer, you can choose the Acajou (www.acajouhotel.com): a hotel on the beach which has periodical offers “sleep 8 night, pay 5” and 30 euro massages. You can taste a wonderfull oyster in La Reserve (twesday creol food, www.lareserve.sc), and rich buffets paying 45 euro.
    If you want to save money and take advantage from the site of the Seychelles Tourism Board (and the slogan Affordable Seychelle) and look for a guest house on the sea: starting prize 40 euro. Info: www.seychelles.com   

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  • South Africa is rock. South Africa is cool

    from Johannesburg

    fifa-opening-concert-shakira.jpg “South Africa is cool”. With these words President Jocob Zuma welcomed people yesterday during the Opening Fifa Concert, the most important concert in the history of South Africa. An event without precedent in Soweto, a city developed as a township for black people during apartheid. The party took place in Orlando Stadium setting, where in 1976 a pacific student protest was suppressed by the racist government and became a massacre. In spite of that dark period and in spite of what journalists are writing in these days about South African criminality, yesterday there was a peaceful and amazing atmosphere. Whites and blacks hugged and kissed singing the songs. No danger, only enthusiasm. Also for the tourists: “You are welcome! Where are you from? Do you like South Africa?” they ask when they meet you. Zuma said: “I thank South Africans to have warmly welcomed people coming from all the world”.

    International stars e vip inflamed the crowd: 35 thousand persons. From Black Eyed Peas, with I got the feeling, to Alicia Keys with Empire state of mind.  Video and Fifa spot run on the screen: “1 goal, education for all”, “education fight poverty”…  Then she arrived. Shakira. Dancing ad only she can do in a Cavalli jumpsuit with black and white stripes, she song Waka-Waka, South African world cup hymn.

    The most acclaimed was Archbishop Desmond Tutu speech, Nobel prize in 1984: “I can tell you who will win the world cup. It is a great man. He is in Johannesburg and if we make a loud enough noise he will hear us: he is Nelson Mandela, Madibaaaaaa” he said in the rejoicing of the crowd and people enthusiastic screams. Everybody’s heart throbbed with joy. In few hours the real kick off.

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  • Il Sudafrica è rock. Il Sudafrica è cool

    da Johannesburg

    fifa-opening-concert-shakira.jpg“Il Sudafrica è cool”. Con queste parole il presidente Jocob Zuma inaugurato ieri sera il concerto più importante della storia del Sudafrica ed emozionato gli animi degli spettatori. Il concerto di apertura dei mondiali di calcio 2010, un evento senza precedenti proprio qui, a Soweto, la città simbolo della lotta all’apartheid. Cornice dell’evento l’Orlando Stadium, meta nel giugno 1976 di una pacifica manifestazione di protesta studentesca che l’allora governo razzista di Pretoria represse e trasformò in strage. A dispetto di questo buio periodo storico e a dispetto di ciò che i giornali continuano a scrivere in questi giorni sulla criminalità sudafricana, ieri regnava una atmosfera di gioia, pace, armonia. Bianchi e neri si abbracciavano sugli spalti e cantavano abbracciati. Nessun pericolo, solo entusiasmo. Anche verso i numerosi turisti: “Siete i benvenuti! Da dove venite? Vi piace il Sudafrica?” vogliono sapere quando li fermano. Lo stesso Zuma ha dichiarato: “Vi ringrazio per aver accolto con tanto affetto i turisti del mondo”.

    Star e vip internazionali hanno infiammato la folla di oltre 35 mila persone. Dalla amatissima I got the feeling dei Black Eyed Peas all’Empire state of mind di Alicia Keys. Video e spot della Fifa scorrevano intanto sugli schermi: “1 goal, education for all” (un obiettivo, educazione per tutti”), “l’educazione sconfigge la povertà”… Poi è arrivata lei. Shakira. Ballando come solo lei sa fare in un jumpsuit versione Cavalli zebrato e gonna a frange e bracciali, ha cantato la canzone Waka-Waka, l’inno dei Mondiali del Sudafrica.

    Tra gli interventi più acclamati quello di Desmond Tutu, premio Nobel per la Pace: “Ora vi svelo chi sarà il vincitore dei mondiali. È un grande uomo che vive qui a Johannesburg, se urliamo più forte ci sente: è lui, Nelson Mandela, Madibaaaaaa” ha detto tra un tripudio di applausi e boati di gioia, che hanno fatto palpitare il cuore di tutti.  Tra poche ore il vero kick off.

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  • Bafana Bafana: the new South African heroes

    da Johannesburg

     pubblico-acclama-i-bafana-b.jpgA very big show yesterday in Sandton. Here was a large crowd waiting for Bafana Bafana players, to acclaim them and say good luck. Roads have been blocked between 12pm and 2pm. The procession went down Rivonia Road, Maude Street, West Street and Fredman Drive. Their arrive sent the audience into ecstasy. There were people dancing, singing and the sound of vuvuzelas filled the air. Large posters for them: “Bafana let’s go”, “Bafana all the way”, “We love you boys” and “Let the cup stay at home”. It is the first time that here in Jo’burg so many people go together in the streets for a single purpose: to see their national soccer team winning the World Cup.

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  • Filed under: 2010