Is the crime rate in South Africa putting off fans

March 25, 2010 | Filed Under: Blog, Blog Today 
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Well its one possible answer as this week Fifa had around 60% Unsold world cup seats returned to them,  the 570,000 seats made available to the competing nations, an astonishing 330,000 came back.

England, the best supported nation 1,000 of the FA’s 29,000-ticket allocation is being returned due to lack of interest. The FA previously asked for a three-month extension to sell even those seats.

The crime rate in South Africa has had an impact and not to mention the fact we are in a recession still the cost to go over to south africa is very cost effective.

So what is being done to safeguard fans, teams and officials at the World Cup?

Dr Burger says: “South Africa has hosted 146 major events since 1994 without major incident and the operational plan for the World Cup is more comprehensive than anything before.

“The government has invested R1.3bn in security, providing an additional 41,000 police and 45,000 stewards.

“There will be sophisticated control centres at each of the 10 venues, mobile water cannons, helicopters and additional cars. Andre Pruis, who will be in charge of World Cup security, is an extremely experienced and capable operational director.”

My personal view is the distance and cost are the biggest reasons but fifa how now extended the sale times so we will see, free tickets would be nice 🙂

The question now is whether South Africa can put on a successful World Cup im sure they will.


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  • R. Stephens

    People are better off not going to South Africa. It's going to be a diissaster. Even if they have Security in the venues, what about on the streets? I lived in South Africa, was hijacked, I was lucky that I did not get raped. Will never go back. It is not a save country.

    • M de Jognh

      Stay away!!!! I was robbed at gunpoint last week while leaving a fuel station at 9am in the morning. They also broke in here this week, and returned 2 nights later. The criminals are brazen and have no worries, as the conviction rates are so poor. And, if they are convicted they are shortly released due to over crowded prisons. The only good thing about South Africa is the weather and the landscape. Other than that, you are willfully living in an environment that statistically has a higher chance of taking your life as it did to my brother in-law when he was murdered at his home. My wife and I a leaving this beautiful countryside that has become a living nightmare.

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