The World Cup: No Winner in South Africa
A good post by the Stuff Black People Don’t Like (SBPDL) website – lengthy but worth the read.
We take no pride in our conclusions being validated by real-world events. Yes, so a lily-white Duke basketball team won the 2010 NCAA Championship. So what?
But South Africa descending into chaos that rivals Zimbabwe? How could we honestly make that prediction?
For those paying attention the recent assassination of Eugene Terre’Blanche, a leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, seems to throw fuel onto the smoldering fire that threatens to erupt into a conflagration and consume that piteous nation already inundated in murder, muggings and criminality, not to mention rapes.
Oh, and a tiny sports event called the World Cup is less than 70 days from starting in that crime-plagued nation. Let it be stated: SBPDL was the first site on the Internet to connect the dots that disclose the coming sports apocalypse known as the World Cup.
South Africa is woefully unprepared to deal with the influx of potentially hundreds of thousands of tourists who desire a safe-viewing of the World Cup. We have stated safety is an issue the South African government can’t guarantee to visitors, and we even speculated what the death of South African patriarch Nelson Mandela could mean to the sporting event.
Now, with tensions between white South Africans (10 percent of the nation) and Black South Africans (88 percent of the nation and unquestioned rulers of the nation) reaching critical mass, it appears the arrival of 500,000 – 1 million soccer fans could serve merely as collateral damage in an undeclared genocide against the vanishing minority:
Death has stalked South Africa’s white farmers for years. The number murdered since the end of apartheid in 1994 has passed 3,000.
In neighbouring Zimbabwe, a campaign of intimidation that began in 2000 has driven more than 4,000 commercial farmers off their land, but has left fewer than two dozen dead.
The vulnerability felt by South Africa’s 40,000 remaining white farmers intensified earlier this month when Julius Malema, head of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) youth league, opened a public rally by singing Dubula Ibhunu, or Shoot the Boer, an apartheid-era anthem, that was banned by the high court last week.
Stuff Black People Don’t Like believes the World Cup must be postponed or removed from South Africa, if to maintain the delicate perception that Black people can successfully run a nation.
Perhaps it is fitting that Clint Eastwood’s Invictus came out over Christmas, because the Gods whom the new rulers of South Africa pray too failed to deliver peace, stability and a waning crime rate in a country desperate for hope as they prepare to host the world’s biggest sporting event.
Invictus is pure fiction masquerading as fact, all the while wrapped in the comforting blanket of sport. Yes, sports do have the mesmerising ability to manufacture a false state of happiness, tolerance and national pride. Invictus – both the book and movie – inadequately depict the real South Africa, one that major publications are beginning to report on, including Bloomberg Business Week. The April 12 issue has an article titled “The World Cup: No Winner in South Africa”, that alludes to the financial shortfall the nation is poised to suffer:
South Africa has spent $4.6 billion to host the soccer World Cup, including building and refurbishing 10 world-class stadiums. All it needs now is fans—lots of them.
The government had expected the world’s most-watched sporting event to attract 450,000 international spectators, helping to create jobs for the one in four South Africans now out of work. But as the June 11 kickoff date nears, officials have had to scale back their expectations. The visitor estimate has been cut to 350,000—a number that may still prove overly optimistic, considering only about 100,000 international air tickets had been sold as of early March. Similarly, the tournament’s projected contribution to gross domestic product has been halved, to half a percentage point. “When the World Cup was awarded to us in 2004, the economic situation was completely different,” Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile told reporters in Pretoria on Mar. 19. “We have to revisit those projections and be realistic.”
A low turnout would be a blow to the government’s efforts to bolster South Africa’s economy, which is emerging from its first recession in 17 years. It would also be an embarrassment for President Jacob Zuma and Sepp Blatter, head of the sport’s governing body, the International Federation of Football Assn. (FIFA), both of whom gave repeated assurances that holding the event in Africa for the first time would be a success.
The numbers so far don’t look good. MATCH Services, a Swiss company that FIFA contracted to supply ticketing and accommodation services, has relinquished booking rights for more than 450,000 room nights. Sales of corporate hospitality packages are 50% below target, with sponsors and partners returning thousands of tickets for premium seats, according to FIFA.
Some fans of the “beautiful game” are balking at the cost of long-haul flights and peak-price accommodations. “The whole trip for a couple of weeks would have ended up setting us back more than three grand each,” says David McNally, an accountant from Swindon in southern England who hoped to make the journey with a group of friends. “That’s just too much.” Surprisingly, outside of South Africans, Americans have purchased the most World Cup tickets—107,576 at last count—a testament to the sport’s growing popularity stateside. To stoke U.S. interest, FIFA pressured Emirates airlines, a World Cup sponsor, to slash the price of its New York-Johannesburg round-trip flights to $2,000, from $3,000.
Even under the best of circumstances, South Africa would be hard pressed to replicate the success of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. That event drew about 2 million visitors, earning the tourism industry close to $400 million in revenue and generating $2.7 billion in retail sales, according to government figures. “Any European World Cup has the benefit of having approximately half of the participating teams being within driving distance of the hosts,” says MATCH Chairman Jaime Byrom.
The Sports Economist – an excellent blog detailing sports from a business perspective – recently discussed the poor allocation of dwindling resources in South Africa to build stadiums for the World Cup that threaten to be host to near empty crowds once the games commence.
Slow ticket sales translate to even slower sales of food and beverages, car rentals and hotel accommodations. The economy of South Africa was poised to see huge quarterly gains once the World Cup started, but projections for poor attendance threaten those delusions of financial grandeur.
A recent book entitled Development and Dreams: The Urban Legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup hoped to convince the world of how the games in South Africa could propitiously improve the perceptions of Africa in the eyes of investors and venture capitalists looking for new untapped markets and resources:
The FIFA World Cup is the world’s largest sporting and media event. FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) has more member nations than both the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations.
The 2006 Football World Cup ‘had a total cumulative television audience of 26.29 billion’ viewers and the 2010 mega football event is assured of an even greater number of television viewers, not including the increasing use of other media such as the internet and mobile telephones (FIFA 2007). World Cups are extraordinarily profitable for FIFA through the sale of television rights and through its ongoing corporate partners and events-based sponsors. By 2008, these had already ensured that the 2010 World Cup will be 25 per cent more profitable than the 2006 Football World Cup.’
However, this collection of essays offers a fantastical overview of a South African World Cup that doesn’t correlate to reality.
Sports brought about integration in America. Were it not for Black athletes and the struggles they overcame on the road to full public acceptance and eventual hero-worship status, it is difficult to envision the era of Mein Obama ever occurring or for that matter, the story of Invictus ever having a chance to be written.
Again, sports and sports created the world we live in currently. Black Run America (BRA) is fueled by the exploits of basketball, football, track, boxing and baseball stars who defiantly
removed notions of white supremacy as these Black athletes set new standards that continue to shape perceptions of sports to this day.
Why does Duke have white players, people sarcastically ask? It is so well ingrained that Black athletes are superior to white athletes in sports that the mere appearance of a team with white players conjures up questions of favoritism and racism.
The book Taboo by Jon Entine makes that point. People are so fearful of bringing up race when it pertains to sport that a strictly enforced code of silence has been mandated in an all-out effort to keep unpleasant realities from ever being broached in public discourse.
Blacks do dominate certain sports, but the reasons for this unilateral domination are to remain the fodder for locker rooms and private conversation. Daring to discuss such objectionable matters might lead people to see similar parallels in American cities that are under constant duress and counties that struggle to stay afloat under the charge of Black people.
Simultaneously, white athletes who do excel at certain sports perceived to be reserved for the continued Black hegemony are given the Toby Gerhart or the Duke basketball treatment.
This world is in a precarious position. Sports have for a long maintained the delicate equilibrium keeping the world aligned and running some smoothly. As stated, were it not for sports, peaceful integration would never have occurred in the United States or in South Africa.
Sports created positive images of Black people that were non-threatening and thus, white people found commonality.
Now, the biggest event on Earth – The World Cup – threatens to show that a post-racial world as envisioned by Disingenuous White Liberals for South Africa (and by extension the United States) is better kept in the safe confines of dreams.
SBPDL again stresses that the importance of canceling the 2010 World Cup. A recent article illustrates why this must occur:
In the “New South Africa”, there is apparently a renewed appreciation for the old slogan “Kill the Boer, kill the farmer”, chanted at political rallies and funerals during “The Struggle” (against apartheid).
Peter Mokaba, a youth leader in the ruling African National Congress party, is credited with originating the catch phrase. Mokaba went on to become a parliamentarian and a deputy minister in the Mandela cabinet.
Peter Mokaba’s funeral in 2002 was attended by the current South African president Jacob Zuma and his two predecessors, Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela . At the sight of the coffined Mokaba, the crowd roared, “Kill the Boer, kill the farmer!” Witnesses will not say whether “Madiba” (Nelson Mandela) partook. and
But to dispel any doubts about the esteem in which Mokaba is still held despite his savage slogan: the ANC has named a soccer stadium, built for the upcoming soccer World Cup, after this son of the “New South Africa”.
Peter Mokabe Stadium will seat 46,000 fans, and will be named for a man who admonished his fellow countrymen to eradicate white people.
The delicate balance sports have created for Black Run America (BRA) to exist sits precariously right now atop the ruins of financial markets and evaporating pension plans. Now, South Africa prepares to be ripped apart by the murder of a revolutionary who only wanted a homeland for his people to live free from odious stench of crime that permeates the air ubiquitously across that nation.
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned by the Apartheid government for more than a score of years, yet was never in danger of suffering the fate of Eugene Terre’Blanche.
Now, the fate of Terre’Blanche appears the fate of all white people in South Africa. If Mandela dies before the World Cup, all bets are off.
For the sake of Black Run America (BRA) and the current state of the world, cancel the 2010 World Cup.
If not, the world that we currently live in thanks to the magic of sports will evaporate, not with a whimper, but a resounding bang.
T.S. Elliot will be proven wrong. Baseball, college football, college basketball, professional football and the Olympics offer a concise lesson in the reality of Human Biodiversity (HBD), as much as the failures of Detroit, Newark, Jefferson County and yes, South Africa continually do as well.
The destruction of Train Stations erected during the era of segregation in America point the startling reality of HBD.
And yes, if the South Africa 2010 World Cup happens, a whole new generation of Europeans and white Americans (who are continually beaten over the head for the crimes of their ancestors) will see the fate that awaits them as the vicariously live through the suffering Afrikaners:
“There is no reason why these things, as tragic as they are, should affect the safety of fans or players at the World Cup,” said Lawrence Schlemmer, vice president of the South African Institute of Race Relations, on Monday. On the surface, Mr. Schlemmer is right. There is no reason why the murder last weekend in South Africa of white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche, allegedly by two young black men who worked on his farm, should have any effect on the upcoming FIFA World Cup, the first on African soil.
Unfortunately, he’s simply responding to the fears sparked by comments like these:
“We’re going to warn those nations, ‘You are sending your soccer teams to a land of murder,” said Andre Visagie, General Secretary of the AWB, the political party Terreblanche helped establish, first to defend apartheid and then to create a whites-only homeland within South Africa. “Don’t do that if you don’t have sufficient protection for them, Visagie added.” After calling the killing a “declaration of war” by blacks against whites in the country, the AWB has since toned down its rhetoric and joined with the government in calling for calm.
People ask why SBPDL talks about sports so much and we respond unequivocally that without sports the world we know would not exist.
A chilling video on what South Africa can expect in the World Cup is to be found here.