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2010

Everybody in South Africa is excited about hosting the Soccer World Cup in 2010. The constructions of the stadiums are in progress and here in Cape Town we can see already see the impact of 2010 very clearly. Because of this, this week’s Language Excursions focused on 2010.

Firstly, we visited the visitors centre of the new stadium in Green Point next to the construction site http://www.greenpointstadiumvc.co.za/. We got an insiders overview of football history in Cape Town and South Africa. In addition, it was very exciting to be so close to the new stadium.

Secondly, we were very honoured to visit a training session of FC Santos, a Cape Town soccer club playing in the PSL (Premier Soccer League), the first division in South Africa. We met the coach, the players and the marketing team; and we even scored goals… :-) For more info about FC Santos- the people’s team click here!

On our final Language Excursion this week we met Joe Mthimka in his house in Guguletu. Joe is a soccer coach, very much involved in training youngsters. Joe told us his story and struggle becoming a soccer coach during the Apartheid area as well as the challenges training youngsters today. Joe says: “It’s not just about kids playing soccer, but about them learning life skills.”

For those who are interested here a YouTube video clip of the new stadium!!!

In addition, here a video clip of the actual construction site in February 2008!!!

For more interesting videos visit the Kurus English YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/kurusenglish


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3 comments

  1. Farewell Joe Mthimka | Kurus English Blog

    [...] We are mourning for Joe Mthimka, a friend and a host on our Language Excursions! Joe died last night in his home in Gugulethu. Joe we will never forget your stories and you passion about soccer. Joe was part of our Language Excursion theme “2010″. Please see the pics from our last visit at Joe here! [...]

  2. Berniece Friedmann

    CONGRATS ON YOUR PRESENTTION ABOUT YOUR TRIP TO CAPE TOWN – I WAS GOOGLING TO FIND INFO ON JOE MTHIMKA ….

    I read with interest your sentiments on the late Joe Mthimka. I am publicists for one of Artscape’s projects for youth. On 6 June they are having a Youth Jazz Festival – an annual event – where the mentorhsip programme culminates in an awesome Jazz Festival from 15:00 to 18:00 in the Artcape Theatre.

    Joe started an organisation called Tomecy who played a big role in sending their youngsters to the first training programme at Artscape.

    Artscape would like to pay tribute to Joe Mtkinka at this festival.

    As you probably took amongst the last photos of Joe I wondered if you have any that you could let me use as we are mounting an exhibition in the Artscape foyer to pay tribute to Joe and Alex van Heerden a musician (aso very involved in the project) who was killed in a motor accident recently. Both these special people were important role models to the project and the youth and it is fitting to acknowledge their contributuion and importance to this project.

    I would be so grateful if you have pics – they need to be high resolution not less than 500 dpi. We would give you the credit for the photos.

    Hope you can assist.

    Kind regards

    Berniece Friedmann
    Publicity & Marketing
    Tel +27 021 434 4951
    Fax +27 021 439 2431
    Mobile 082 892 5877
    bernfried@kingsley.co.za

  3. Berniece Friedmann

    CONGRATS ON YOUR PRESENTTION ABOUT YOUR TRIP TO CAPE TOWN – I WAS GOOGLING TO FIND INFO ON JOE MTHIMKA ….

    I read with interest your sentiments on the late Joe Mthimka. I am publicists for one of Artscape’s projects for youth. On 6 June they are having a Youth Jazz Festival – an annual event – where the mentorhsip programme culminates in an awesome Jazz Festival from 15:00 to 18:00 in the Artcape Theatre.

    Joe started an organisation called Tomecy who played a big role in sending their youngsters to the first training programme at Artscape.

    Artscape would like to pay tribute to Joe Mtkinka at this festival.

    As you probably took amongst the last photos of Joe I wondered if you have any that you could let me use as we are mounting an exhibition in the Artscape foyer to pay tribute to Joe and Alex van Heerden a musician (aso very involved in the project) who was killed in a motor accident recently. Both these special people were important role models to the project and the youth and it is fitting to acknowledge their contributuion and importance to this project.

    I would be so grateful if you have pics – they need to be high resolution not less than 500 dpi. We would give you the credit for the photos.

    mAY i use the one you have on the web page chatting to you ? Resolution good … Perhaps you have more of those – facing camera – not profile ?

    Hope you can assist.

    Kind regards

    Berniece Friedmann
    Publicity & Marketing
    Tel +27 021 434 4951
    Fax +27 021 439 2431
    Mobile 082 892 5877
    bernfried@kingsley.co.za

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