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“Yes we did!”

If the question on everyone’s lips prior to South Africa’s staging of the FIFA 2010 World Cup was “Can we make this work?’  then the resounding answer from South Africa and the world was “Yes we can!” and, indeed more accurately, “Yes we did!” 

Hundreds of thousands of fans, their now-famous Vuvuzelas in full cry, sounded the call to come together – and throughout that most magical month, the visiting world and South Africans alike united in celebration and participation in the myriad World Cup festivities – not the least forgetting the 64 thrilling matches of the beautiful game itself.

The 2010 World Championships was one of those all too rare and triumphant occasions for everyone of us who engaged with this most stirring event. And for a while, in a proud and joyful international display, all hearts seem to beat as one.

All EduSA-affiliated language schools with their international student bodies formed the perfect complement the largest international sporting event and sporting party taking place anywhere in the world. South Africa was then, and we believe remains so now, the greatest place to be on our planet!

Our individual schools, for their part, and our country as a whole hosted an awesome, super-friendly and highly efficient football tournament that will be lastingly remembered. It seems clear that many visitors will be returning to South Africa as students over the months and years to come.
We welcome you all!

Gavin


Countdown FIFA World Cup 2010, South Africa

Ke Nako Africa – it is time for Africa!

It is here, finally! The Fifa World Cup 2010 has been kicked off on Friday with the great opening match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico! A well deserved 1:1 draw for our boys!

We will have lots of fun here in Cape Town during the World Cup in the next 4 weeks! May the best team win!!


Public Viewing

The official Public Viewing Areas (PVAs) in greater Cape Town, for anyone who can’t make it to the Central City :

  • Athlone Civic,Vygieskraal (with a capacity of 2000)
  • Bellville Velodrome (with a capacity of 8000)
  • Swartklip Sport Complex, Mitchells Plain (with a capacity of 2000)
  • Oliver Tambo, Khayelitsha (with a capacity of 7000)

Click here to get tips how to get to the public areas.

Cape Town’s best artists and international performers will  entertain you before and after matches by keeping your spirits high, regardless of how your team performs on the day.

Public viewing areas will also be set up elsewhere in the Western Cape, and you’re sure to find a television tuned to the latest match in every restaurant, bar and shopping mall in the region.

So, even if you don’t have a ticket, you can enjoy an unforgettable 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Source: www.capetown.travel/2010/entertainment/public_viewing_areas/


Our National Anthem

VERSE 1 isiXhosa and isiZulu:

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Lord, bless Africa
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
May her spirit rise high up
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Hear thou our prayers
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
Lord bless us.

VERSE 2 Sesotho:

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
Lord, bless Africa
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,
Banish wars and strife
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Lord, bless our nation
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.
Of South Africa.

VERSE 3 Afrikaans:

Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Ringing out from our blue heavens
Uit die diepte van ons see,
From our deep seas breaking round
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Over everlasting mountains
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
Where the echoing crags resound

VERSE 4 English:

Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.


Fan Walk

The Cape Town Fan walk is 2.6 km long and goes along Darling, Strand, Adderley, Riebeek and Waterkant streets, through to Somerset Road, with dedicated pedestrian paths across Buitengracht St and Western Boulevard and Public Squares at St Andrews and the Stadium Forecourt within the Green Point Urban Park.

To view a map click here.

The Fan Walk will only be in place on the eight Cape Town match days.
The upgrade of walking and cycling facilities, however, will obviously leave a lasting legacy in Cape Town.

Source: www.capetown.gov.za/en/FIFA2010/Pages/FanWalk.aspx


Fan Parks

Where will the World Cup PARTY be???

The FIFA Fan Fest will take place at the Grand Parade in Cape Town, the official viewing area with an authentic stadium atmosphere in the city centre.

Fans will be entertained by LIVE performances, LOCAL artists and a SOUND system in between matches.

The Fan Fest™ will be open every day of the Competition, from 10:00 to midnight, with live broadcasts of all 64 matches. Entrance is free

Food and drinks as well as  local arts and  crafts will be on sale.

The Grand Parade it is next to the Cape Town Station and highly accessible to public transport (directly linked to the network of buses, minibus taxis and the new pedestrian routes to the Station).

Source: www.capetown.gov.za/en/FIFA2010/Pages/FanParks.aspx


Jabulani – 2010 World Cup Soccer Ball

JABULANI” -  that is the name of the FIFA 2010 World Cup soccer ball.

“Jabulani” is isiZulu and means “to celebrate“. IsiZulu is one of the eleven official languages of South Africa and almost 25% of the population speaks it.

International fans will enjoy passionate football celebrations all over South Africa and the name of the 2010 World Cup soccer ball appropriately pays tribute to these celebrations. Everyone will feel the passion of soccer!

Did you know that the design of the ball shows 11 different colours, which represent: the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African communities that make the country one of the most ethnologically diverse countries on the African continent.

Below you can watch a video how the FIFA 2010 World Cup soccer ball is produced.

Source: www.soccerballworld.com/Jabulani_2010.htm


Vuvuzela

“What’s plastic, a metre long, brightly coloured and sounds like an elephant? It’s the vuvuzela, the noise-making trumpet of South African football fans, and it’s come to symbolise the sport in the country.

It’s an instrument, but not always a musical one. Describing the atmosphere in a stadium packed with thousands of fans blowing their vuvuzelas is difficult. Up close it’s an elephant, sure, but en masse the sound is more like a massive swarm of very angry bees.

And when there’s action near the goal mouth, those bees go really crazy.

To get that sound out requires lip flexibility and lung strength – in short, a fair amount of technique. So be sure to get in some practice before attending a South African football match, or you the sound you produce may cause some amusement in the seats around you!…”

Source: www.southafrica.info/2010/vuvuzela.htm


South Africa 2010 Match Schedule

You can upload your FIFA 2010 World Cup Match Schedule here.


The Official 2010 World Cup Song

K’naan Wavin’ Flag – is the South Africa 2010 World Cup song. Check it out!


Zakumi

Here it is: the official Mascot of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

It is a young leopard, called Zakumi and was born in South Africa in 1994.

“The name ‘Zakumi’ is a composition of ‘ZA‘ standing for South Africa and ‘kumi‘, which translates into ‘10‘ in various languages across Africa.”

“He symbolizes South Africa and the rest of the African continent through his self-confidence, pride, hospitality, social skills and warm-heartedness.”

“He loves to play football as it is a great way to connect with others and break down language barriers. He always carries his football around which he will use to invite people to play with him.”

“He does have one striking weakness. With all his energy, he needs frequent rests. Occasionally, in-between performances on stage, he may suddenly fall asleep on the spot at the most random times! But rest assured, these are only short breaks that a leopard of his calibre needs to recharge his batteries.”

Zakumi’s main priority is to turn the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa into one huge, joyful and unforgettable party and show the thousands of international guests the warmth and spirit of the African continent.”

“He wants to dance and entertain as many people as he can. He is an animator for fans, players and officials, for schoolchildren, teenagers and big kids alike!”

Source: www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/mascot/

Here it is: the official Mascot of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

It is a young leopard, called Zakumi and was born in South Africa in 1994.

“The name ‘Zakumi’ is a composition of ‘ZA’ standing for South Africa and ‘kumi’, which translates into ‘10′ in various languages across Africa.”

“He symbolizes South Africa and the rest of the African continent through his self-confidence, pride, hospitality, social skills and warm-heartedness.”

“He loves to play football as it is a great way to connect with others and break down language barriers. He always carries his football around which he will use to invite people to play with him.”

“He does have one striking weakness. With all his energy, he needs frequent rests. Occasionally, in-between performances on stage, he may suddenly fall asleep on the spot at the most random times! But rest assured, these are only short breaks that a leopard of his calibre needs to recharge his batteries.”

“Zakumi’s main priority is to turn the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa into one huge, joyful and unforgettable party and show the thousands of international guests the warmth and spirit of the African continent.”

“He wants to dance and entertain as many people as he can. He is an animator for fans, players and officials, for schoolchildren, teenagers and big kids alike!”


Official Slogan of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

KE NAKO. Celebrate Africa’s Humanity.

Ke Nako is Sesotho and means “it’s time”!


What is the Diski Dance?

The Diski Dance is a South African soccer dance.
Five different moves of playing soccer in South Africa were put together and created the unique South African Diski Dance.

Learn the soccer-based moves of South Africa’s Diski dance to feel the rhythm of African football – and the energy and passion that’s in store for the world at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.


2010, March 2010

2010 is an important year for South Africa. Everyone is focused on The World Cup. The preparations are in full swing.
For this great spectacle a magnificent new stadium has been built. We were shown the stadium, saw the changing rooms, felt like real VIPs when we were sitting in the VIP box and, of course, we all kissed the soccer field before we left!

The next day we concentrated on the changes of the city by doing a city walk. We kept an eye on the challenges the city has to cope with and the developments so far. We were shown significant cultural and historical sights too.

At the end of the week we visited the AYK (Ambitious Youth of Khayelitsha), whose motto is: “Using our passion for soccer and love for our community to create a financially stable business focused on alleviating crime and alcohol abuse in Khayelitsha”.
We were introduced into the area and the organisation of AYK. Later we played a soccer match with the local soccer players. It was a highly contested match and great fun!

Anke


2010, November 2009

Let’s go 2010. We are ready to welcome the world!!
The first day we went to Ajax Cape Town. That was a bull’s eye score with 3 Dutch people around. Dutch people in Cape Town have to support them. We met Mark Myers and he took us on a guided tour through the complex. We started at the reception and via the trophy exhibition, to the Ajax Lounge, the field’s en the fitting rooms.

On our second day we went to the Makaraba organisation which is responsible for the genuine South African hand painted fan helmets. Michael explained to us the whole process of making a fan helmet and finally we painted two ourselves.

The soccer game on the last excursion day was great. We visited the Ambitious Youth of Khayelitsha (AYK) where Andile told us everything about what they’re doing. After his interesting explanation we played a mixed soccer game with the AYK.
Take a look at the following album for some amazing sport shots!!

~ Jessica


Cape Town Tourism 2010

Kurus English is proud to be a 2010 member of Cape Town Tourism. We are Ready to Welcome the World as well! So, let every body know!


2010

Compared to the 2010 excursions we did the last time we had to change a couple of things. The Green Point Stadium Visitors Centre was closed due to the roof constructions and unfortunately, we also could not visit the late Joe Mthimka!
Nevertheless, we put together an interesting week. Firstly, we met Sizwe, a passionate soccer player and co- founder of the website www.thesoccerpages.com. After an interesting introduction on Signal Hill where we could see the construction of the new stadium in Green Point we went to the Sea Point promenade for a soccer clinic. Yes, after short instructions from Sizwe we played soccer according to the given tactics. That was lots of fun- even though it was hot hot… but not only Gavin and Aaliya (our teachers) were sweating…

On our second Language Excursion, we visited the District Six Museum for its special Soccer Exhibition. It linked in nicely with Sizwe’s stories from the day before. We saw lots of pictures about soccer in the early days and learned a lot about the foundation of the professional Cape Town football clubs. The next day, on our last excursion for this week, we visited Ajax Cape Town (check out their website here!) one of the two Cape Town clubs playing in the South African Premier Soccer League. We met Ajax Marketing Manager Mike Meiers and he showed us all sport facilities.

All in all, we had a great time!


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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