<Visiting South Africa> : South Africa is a great country with a lot to see:diverse cultures,wonderful weather & friendly people. With the world cup only a few days to come,it would be wonderful for all soccer fans to see the world cup in South Afric a & to tour our country. The country is ready to host the Soccer World Cup through the hard work & guidance by FIFA. Most popular destinations by overseas visitors are : 1. Cape Town -the beaches, table mountain & Robben Island. 2. Kruger National Park-it's one of the largest park in the world with the big fives & other animal species at your disposal!3. Soweto : Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela & Bishop Desmond Tutu once stayed, two Nobel Prize winners in one street!!! 4. Hector Pieterson memorial in Soweto. 5. Maroepeng, "The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site" (Unesco) in Johannesburg.
<Concerns> "Crime" is rife in South Africa, but as a visitor you can be safe if you avoid crime hotspots. As part of FIFA's requirement, increased policing will be the order of the day to make the tournament & tourists safe.Interpol will also have additional police & intelligence to support the South African Police Service(SAPS). The tournament will be safe & visitor too as long precautions are taken to avoid crime hotspots. There are reports of the Russian Mafia coming to South Africa for Credit Card skimming activities, be careful with your credit card in restaurants(card to be in your view all the time),at ATMS & Internet Cafes. "Transport" is not one of South Africa's strong point : hiring a car for better mobility is advisable. There will be Gautrain from (and to) OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton & Pretoria during the Soccer World Cup & beyond. Metered taxis are available in most hotels & airpots and these are reliable. "Unmetered taxis" are unregulated in South Africa at the present time & are unreliable. Hotels & cuisine are of high standards comparable to European or North American standards if not better! Health facilities in the private sector are of the highest standards if needed. Medical-Safaris have been in practice for a while now,mainly for plastic surgery, followed by holiday because of "cheap private medical facilities". Electricity availability has been a problem in the past 2 years, however all stadiums have stand-by electricity generators for in case there is normal electricity failure. There are a number of wage related strikes at the moment,hopefully all will be resolved before the kick-off!Vice-president Joe Bieden & wife will be coming to South Africa for the official opening and to watch USA Soccer Team 's opening match! It has just have been confirmed that Nelson Mandela will attend the official opening of the FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 tomorrow!!!!Nelson Mandela could not make it to opening due to the tragic death of his grand-daughter. The FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 is proceeding very well,tickets sales have surpassed all other previous tournaments & for FIFA it is the most profitable tournament ever (mainly from TV Rights!On the pitch : just as exciting as unpredictable!!!! The vuvuzelas on the other side are stealing the show & becoming a worlwide phenomenon! SPAIN did beat NETHERLANDS in the finals yesterday, exciting stuff!Germany beat Uruguay 3 - 2 the day before. PARIS HILTON & CANNABIS, HEY WHAT'S GOING ON? The world cup is over, experts are predicting the flow of investments into emerging markets including South Africa especially after the successful world cup hosting. Tourism will also benefit as friends/relatives of fans who were in South Africa during the world cup recommend it as a desirable destination for holiday as well as for business! The gunshot murder (car highjacking) of a British tourist (on honeymoon with his husband of two weeks) has sent shockwaves around the world, improvements on safety of tourists & all citizens need to be taken seriously! The truth is starting to emerge that the husband may have planned/plotted her hijacking, the truth will eventually emerge in court!