The social and economic benefits created by hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup will continue to be felt by South Africa and the continent for years to come. Here are just some of the legacy stories that have flowed from the event:Herekoura, literally translated, means "new happiness" in Bambara, the principle language of Mali, and this is how the locals felt about the recent opening of the Football for Hope centre in Baguineda the fourth of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Up to one percentage point of extra GDP growth; a catalyst for creating jobs and skills while expanding infrastructure; invaluable lessons in how to deliver on major projects; a massive international image boost; new unity and self-belief at home ... Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan unpacks some of the 2010 Fifa World Cup legacy.An estimated R3-billion was injected into the KwaZulu-Natal provincial economy by South Africa's successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with the long-term benefits expected to exceed this by far as the "intangible" effects of the tournament kick in over the coming years.The energy and spirit of South Africa's 2010 Fifa World Cup is being harnessed for sustainable social development in Africa through the Youth Zones initiative, which combines football, computer literacy and life-skills training to create an enabling environment for young people in disadvantaged communities.Cape Town's Green Point stadium, visited by over half-a-million football fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, had cost about 25% less than its council-approved operating budget over the last 18 months, its operator said while outlining future plans for the venue on Wednesday.The aftermath of hosting what has been hailed by one and all as a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup will no doubt leave South Africans with a massive hangover. However, the tournament has given them a new sense of pride, confidence and optimism, and opened a new chapter not only for the hosts but for the African continent.In 1994, when South Africa shed the shackles of apartheid, it did not mean the country was automatically set on a path of unity. Sport starting with the 1995 Rugby World Cup, followed up by the 1996 African Nations Cup, and continuing with the 2010 Fifa World Cup played and continues to play a major unifying role.The positive global media coverage South Africa has received during the 2010 Fifa World Cup has exceeded all expectations and will benefit the country for years to come, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, adding: "The goodwill that has been unlocked cannot be measured in monetary terms."Johannesburg's new Bus Rapid Transit system, one of many transport projects that was accelerated for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has proven popular among fans travelling to matches, and all indications are that it will become a well-used mode of transport long after the World Cup has left the country's shores.South Africa is set to reap lasting tourism rewards from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with visitors pouring into the country in numbers, from new as well as traditional markets, and responding to the country's offerings and the energy and warmth of its people with surprise and delight.As the 2010 Fifa World Cup unfolds in South Africa, the international community is not only watching the action on the pitch; they are also witnessing a South Africa that is continuing to emerge as a competitive 21st century economy, says consulting firm Deloitte.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.Just as the 2006 World Cup had Germans smiling, drinking beer and waving the national flag en masse for the first time in 60 years, so the first African World Cup in South Africa could have an equally dramatic effect on promoting social cohesion in a country with a lingering legacy of racial inequality, writes John Battersby.The 2010 Fifa World Cup will forever change the world's perception of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said at the opening of the 2010 Tourism Indaba trade show in Durban.