South Africa's World Cup passion
South Africans united as never before during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – and Bafana Bafana weren't the only object of our flag-waving, vuvuzela-blasting enthusiasm. Ghana felt the love, too, as did every foreign visitor to the Rainbow Nation in its finest hour since 1994. Here are just some of the stories we ran:
Photos: Vuvuzelas conquer the world!
A stadium in Oregon, a beer garden in Germany, a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, a pride march in Seattle, and 2010 Fifa World Cup fan fests everywhere: South Africa's vuvuzela is taking over the world. View MediaClubSouthAfrica.com's gallery of the invasion.
Ghana fever grips South Africa
All the African teams taking part in the 2010 Fifa World Cup have felt the impetus of home ground advantage. As the last African team remaining in the tournament, Ghana have become the focus of South Africans' passion for football and uncontained joy at hosting the first Fifa World Cup on the continent.
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.
Victory in defeat for South Africa
"Bafana Bafana are out of the World Cup, but they won the hearts and minds of all South Africans and the whole world tonight." Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan summed it up after Tuesday's match in Bloemfontein, where the national team beat France but failed to qualify for the last 16 of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Bafana exit World Cup on a high
Bafana Bafana bowed out of the 2010 Fifa World Cup with heads held high in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, playing with style and belief to score South Africa's first ever win over France. The 2-1 victory left them placed third in Group A, level with Mexico on four points, losing out only on goal difference.
Rugby, football – and a nation united
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.
Bafana, Mexico in thrilling opener
South Africa's national team raised their game in the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on Friday, holding a Mexican side placed far above them in the international rankings to an enthralling 1-1 draw – with Siphiwe Tshabalala unleashing a blistering shot to score the first goal of the tournament.
South Africa's World Cup flows over
In one of the largest displays of national spirit ever seen in the country, South Africans took to the streets at midday on Wednesday in a massive display of support for the home team, as a proud nation let the world know just what kind of tournament Africa's first World Cup will be.
South Africa catches World Cup fever
With days to go to kickoff, World Cup fever has hit South Africa in earnest. Confidence and excitement levels on the streets have reached a 10-year high as the country counts down to what many South Africans are describing as a "second miracle," after the country's transition to democracy in 1994.
2010: South Africa's great leap forward
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.
Man in the street, South Africa 2010 fan
"We are waiting ... It is time for the people to stop putting us down and to come see for themselves that Africa can do it." So says Gordon Mokonyane, Johannesburg resident, family man, Orlando Pirates fan - and supporter of the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa.
100 days: Joburg shows its 2010 spirit
Johannesburg residents took a break from their busy schedules, donned their Bafana Bafana jerseys and kicked back with the rest of the country on Tuesday to celebrate the 100 days countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.