South Africa leader says 2010 is year of football
South Africa’s president says hosting the World Cup will make
2010 the country’s most important year since apartheid ended in
In a New Year’s message released Thursday, Jacob Zuma says South
Africa already has reaped benefits ahead of the football tournament
next June and July.
He says construction work to build new stadiums and roads has
helped reduce the impact of the global recession.
Zuma says that South Africans must ensure long-lasting benefits
for the nation.
South Africa will be the first African country to host the
biggest event for the world’s most popular sport. At least half a
million visitors are expected.