2010 Fifa World Cup: the experience
Everyone who visited South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ was bowled over by the warmth of the welcome they received, the quality of the country's facilities, the richness of its attractions – and the sheer energy running through Africa's first Fifa World Cup. Here are just some of the stories we ran:
South Africa's closing ceremony dazzles
A sell-out crowd inside Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium as well as an audience of hundreds of millions across the globe were wowed by a colourful ceremony on Sunday night to celebrate the successful conclusion of a memorable first Fifa World Cup on African soil.
People power reigns at Fan Fests
Darkness fell hours ago, and the crowd's breath rises visibly through the winter air at Johannesburg's InnesFree Park. Yet Chuma is drenched in sweat. And no wonder. For the past two-and-a-half hours, the 27-year-old has been leading friends and strangers, locals and tourists in an indefatigable display of singing and dancing at this lively Fifa Fan Fest.
Walking Cape Town's Fan Mile
Cape Town's three-kilometre Fan Mile from the city centre to the majestic Green Point Stadium has become a hit with international fans, offering a fusion of cultures, a melting pot of different nationalities, and a place for supporters to congregate en route to the stadium.
Dutch explore their African heritage
The Western Cape, and Cape Town in particular, have been inextricably linked with Holland since 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck landed in the Cape of Good Hope. Last week, the Cape experienced its second Dutch invasion, as fans of "Die Oranje" took the opportunity to explore their historical connection to South Africa.
Durban a hit with World Cup fans
South Africa's "Surf City" was the place to be on Friday as fans streamed in by the thousands for one of the most anticipated matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup group stages, Brazil versus Portugal. While the match itself did not live up to the hype, the city of Durban certainly did.
The world comes to Nelson Mandela Bay
Despite its famous namesake Nelson Mandela Bay, comprising Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas, often misses out on international events, which tend to go the way of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. But that is all changing as a result of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Portuguese wow young fans
After three disappointing draws, Cape Town got the wake-up call it had been waiting for on Monday as Portugal thrilled a 63 644-strong Green Point Stadium crowd with a seven-goal sizzler. For seven-year-old Tanzeel Gamieldien, however, the highlight of the match came before kick-off.
Durban captivates Dutch supporters
Their outfits were bright, mesmerising and went perfectly with their sunny disposition ... the Dutch fans invaded Durban on the weekend, both to support their team in a 2010 Fifa World Cup match and to soak up the the wonderful weather and atmosphere that the city has to offer.
Cup visitors enchanted by South Africa
The world's attention is focused on the southern tip of Africa as the greatest football showpiece plays itself out on the fields and in the streets of South Africa. But once the final whistle has blown on 11 July, it seems as though a lot of happy fans will be coming back to the country.
Orange Army get the party started
Dutch fans are renowned for their flair off the pitch – wigs, clogs, dungarees, face-paint and flags all play a part in their arsenal. Clad from head to toe in bright orange, the Netherlands supporters ensured that Johannesburg's Soccer City was even more orange than usual during their match against Denmark on Monday afternoon.
World Cup Fan Fests come alive
It was not just the 84 490 fans seated in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium that celebrated the start of Africa's historic World Cup. Aside from the estimated 500-million global television viewers, more than 400 000 fans celebrated at the 16 official Fan Fests and other public viewing areas both in South Africa and abroad.
Soccer City welcomes the world home
As Johannesburg's flagship Soccer City stadium seethed in a mass of yellow and brightly coloured flags, the hum of tens of thousands of vuvuzelas was suddenly overcome as Gripen Fighter jets burst overhead. Africa's first Fifa World Cup was opening in spectacular fashion.