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Stadium Workers

Davison Mudzingwa/Twenty Ten

Location: Soccer City, Johannesburg

Construction workers fear post-World Cup retrenchment.


South Africa is overjoyed to host the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, but there are mixed reactions from construction workers who are faced with job losses and an uncertain future. What really stings is that they haven’t received the tickets to the World Cup matches that they were promised by FIFA. Some of them, immigrant workers, are very worried by the perspective of repeat xenophobic attacks after soccer tournament is over.
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LINK: The countdown to the world cup in South Africa is approaching fast.  Posters, flags and billboards decorate main streets of Johannesburg, heightening expectations. The possibility of stars such as Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba missing the tournament due to injury does not seem to have affected the mood. While soccer supporters in the commercial city of South Africa are visibly excited, construction workers involved in Johannesburg’s iconic Soccer city stadium are not particularly happy.
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LINK 2: Workers at the Soccer City stadium, also referred to as the African Calabash due to its shape that resembles an African clay pot, are seen putting final touches to the remaining scaffolding work. Zimbabwean Bongani Ncube is a contract worker here. Dressed in a red work suit, he contemplates the next move as his contract expires at the end of the project.
CLIP 1: BONGANI (in vernacular) Fade in 3 sec and Fade Under...

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