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South Africa Gives Brazil Protesters a Leg to Stand On

By Monday, 23 June 2014 12:31 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Citizens of Brazil have taken to the streets in protest of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Frustrated after being relocated to make space for the new stadiums, new stadiums that account for massive government spending that is desperately needed to address healthcare, education, and other socio-economic issues.
One could argue that the international spotlight and the boost to the tourism and construction industry would make headway for economic growth and thus more sustainable solutions for development in the future. However as South Africa takes stock of their return on the $3.5 billion investment for hosting the mammoth tournament in 2010 the less than inspiring figures give weight to the cause of the concerned protesters.
Four brand-new magnificent stadiums are described as “white elephants” as they remain largely underutilized and struggle to remain financially viable after the 30-day tournament. Head of the 2010 FIFA World Cup organizing committee Danny Jordaan said,“You cannot build a society that is focused only on building schools and houses. There must be recreation.”
While his statement has some truth to it, the implementation of these recreational facilities were not as a result of organic growth in South Africa or South Africa’s recreational needs. The over-investment in catering to the world's demand for a spectacle has left South Africa with an oversupply of a product that there was never a sufficient sustainable demand for. 
This begs the question: Does Brazil have the foresight to effectively channel the momentum from the World Cup into initiatives that truly benefit their citizens or is this another example of a missed opportunity?
South Africa bought a World Cup jersey that was perhaps a few sizes too big; however, there is hope that with time they will grow into to it and wear it with pride.
Matthew Klynsmith earned a business administration diploma at CTI in Cape Town, South Africa. He now works at Strategic Options as an associate partner. To read more reports from Matthew Klynsmith, Go Here Now.

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