Many of South Africa's poorest are spreading rumors that all foreign migrant workers will be chased from their homes or killed after the World Cup. But at a concert this week, South Africa jazz great Hugh Masekela reminded South Africans of the essential humanity of their concept of ubuntu.
The success of the Netherlands' World Cup soccer team is cause for celebration for the many South Africans with Dutch ancestry, but that dynamic leaves a bad taste in the mouths of some blacks.
A funny thing happened on the way to South Africa's World Cup. Africa found its confidence and greater sense of unity. New foreign investment, more tourist dollars, and greater economic prosperity seem just around the corner.
A new report finds that the government of South Africa has made $1.7 billion in arms sales over the past decade to 58 blacklisted countries that do not meet South Africa's own criteria for arms customers, including those with poor human rights records or ongoing internal conflicts.
Since the World Cup started, South Africans have been more welcoming to foreigners than ever. A guy could get used to this.
The early exit of host-nation South Africa and France, Italy, England, and the United States has taken its toll on the vendors that had been doing well on the periphery of the World Cup.
South Africa World Cup baby names such as Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City are proliferating in the Rainbow Nation as white and black families name their children after stadiums and teams.
The Greece-Nigeria match turned on a sending off. The World Cup score spelled heartbreak for the Nigerians, who now look most likely to fail to qualify for the round of 16 from their group.
A South Africa World Cup strike over what security officers and stewards say are unpaid wages led local police to fire most workers and take over stadium security.
Vuvuzela factory owner Neil van Schalkwyk says he sells vuvuzelas that are quieter than the deafening horns stirring up controversy at the World Cup. Even Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are complaining about the sound.
The first African World Cup in South Africa is already having a dramatic effect on social cohesion in a country with a legacy of deep racial inequality.
High violent crime rates have been one of the chief concerns leading up to the South Africa World Cup, but there haven't been many incidents to mar the Cup so far.
Calls to ban the long, plastic horns called vuvuzelas from the South Africa World Cup are increasing as players, coaches, fans, and announcers complain about how distracting they are.
The Reds showed that they are no joke in today's South Korea vs. Greece World Cup match, which they easily won 2-0. Are you watching, Diego Maradona?
The English team is one of the favorites to win it all, but the Americans are now good enough to give the Brits a true test in today's USA vs. England World Cup 2010 match.
Argentina coach Diego Armando Maradona was a brilliant player. But as national team manager, there's been more trouble than brilliance – like some of his team picks, for example.
Uruguay’s ‘La Celeste’ frustrates France by stacking the defense and playing for a tie just the way Italy normally does.
The World Cup 2010 match of Uruguay vs. France kicked off Friday in Cape Town. Amid still-prevalent crime and segregation in post-apartheid South Africa, a soccer academy in a nearby suburb tries to keep boys out of trouble.
Amid the blare of horns and the waving of flags at the 2010 World Cup, friendly nationalism is running high. South Africans predicted victory against Mexico, and US Vice President Joe Biden taunted the English.
Like the Olympics, the South Africa World Cup stirs deep strains of national pride. But unlike the Olympics, there’s only one sport to focus on, and it’s not about individual feats in highly specialized events.
Brazil and Spain are favorites to win the World Cup, but three solid African teams have a legitimate shot at surviving deep into the tournament, as does the US.
Eight groups of four national teams compete in the first two weeks of the South Africa World Cup. The two best teams from each group advance to the second round, at which point the tournament is a basic single elimination bracket of the top 16 teams.
World Cup stalwart Mexico should hand South Africa its first defeat, but don’t underestimate the power of homefield advantage. Mexico vs. South Africa kicks off at 10 am EST.
In 2004, Africa was selected for the first time to host the South Africa World Cup. The competition was between South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. In May of that year, South Africa won the bid.
In recent years, South Africa caught a lot of flack as it fell beyond on stadium construction and infrastructure improvements for the World Cup. The country got the job done in the end. But one question mark remains over the cup: Security.