Soccer World Cup 2010

 

Mbeki's quotes about Soccer World Cup 2010

On crime
July 2006

"You know London has got one of the highest incidents of car theft, worse than car theft [in] Johannesburg, so if you say we must imitate London ..."

On Soccer World Cup 2010's lasting benefits
July 2006

"The R3-billion that has been made available for transport also relates to this, to ensure that the transport requirements are met. We are of the view that this would be one of the lasting legacies of the World Cup -- an efficient and affordable and reliable public transport system."

Kommen Sie Heim nach Afrika in 2010
July 2006

"Africa's time has come. Africa is calling, come home to Africa in 2010 - Kommen Sie Heim nach Afrika in 2010." At the unveiling of the logo for the Soccer World Cup 2010.

Mbeki’s suspicions about people speaking negatively about South Africa
9 July 2006


“There’s some people in the country, within South Africa, who think they’ve got a permanent job to paint a negative image of South Africa. I suspect they are people who essentially were not happy that apartheid came to an end and that South Africa became a democratic country. They’ve never accepted the transition to a democratic society. They retain the hope that the country will fail, but they’re the ones who’re going to fail.” Mbeki told Independent Newspaper in an interview at the South African embassy Berlin.

What South Africa should be focussing on
9 July 2006


“We have to focus very closely on all elements that concern the preparations for the World Cup, stadiums, transport, communications, security – all of these elements…. Transport has to be available. We cant replicate Germany, but I am sure that what will be done will be sufficient.” Mbeki told Independent Newspaper in an interview at the South African embassy Berlin.

Who has a role to play in preparing for 2010
9 July 2006


"Everybody in the country should see themselves as participants, as contributors to this effort, to ensure we do indeed host a successful World Cup. All of us – business, trade unions and everybody else should, as a nation, treat it as a common project, a very important project.” Mbeki told Independent Newspaper in an interview at the South African embassy Berlin.

Why there isn’t antagonism in South African society
9 July 2006


“People expected a lot of antagonism and hostilities in society. That hasn’t happened because of deliberate policies to say we are all South Africans together.” Mbeki told Independent Newspaper in an interview at the South African embassy Berlin.

Should SA be concentrating on jobs and houses, or the Soccer World Cup 2010 ?
9 July 2006


“We need both. You cant say stop this one and then we’ll do another one tomorrow. Sure, we absolutely need houses, we need to work steadily to end informal settlements. That’s very crucial. But we can do both, we will do both.” Mbeki told Independent Newspaper in an interview at the South African embassy Berlin.


Germany’s achievements at Soccer World Cup 2006
9 July 2006


“There’s been by all accounts a very successful 2006 World Cup. Germany organised it very well, so I think we understand the eyes of the world now turn to South Africa.” Mbeki told Independent Newspaper in an interview at the South African embassy Berlin.

References

30 July 2006

Mbeki on crime, corruption and hosting the World Cup

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