worldcup online – the real conversation


April 29th, 2010 by · No Comments · Football, Travel


Ticketing would be, usually, a huge issue, but with the finals less than 6 weeks away the numbers of European fans expected to travel is as low as 50% of the original projections. The FA and the organisers were expecting 100,000 English fans to attend and only a fraction of those will have tickets. The Tickets section of the FIFA site is constantly update to reflect the status of the sales rounds and from whom you can obtain match tickets. Despite the low take-up we expect black markets and scams to be rife for the bigger, later round, games. There are also some sites running competitions for ticket and travel packages.


South African public transport is close to non-existent. Public buses and private minibuses are used primarily by the black community. I’ve never tried to use them personally but always had the impression that asking wouldn’t be welcome. You can get trains from JoBurg to Cape Town and Durban, for example. My local friends consider taking the train as asking for trouble and insist on driving everywhere, with the doors locked. There is a new train line under construction from Pretoria to Johannesburg [The Gautrain] but only the link from the airport to central Johannesburg is scheduled to be ready for the finals.

Sadly South Africa’s reputation as a crime-ridden society is well justified. Cape Town and JoBurg swap places as the two most dangerous cities in the world on a yearly basis. Remember also that crime in South Africa, whether mugging, car jacking, or whatever, is almost always violent. Hotel Taxis or car hire is recommended but don’t drive at night. If you can’t avoid it then moderate your speed when approaching traffic lights. Most car jacking happens when cars are waiting at lights.

South Africa Info is a great site that gives guidance on every aspect of visiting this great country – whether for football or not.


The organisers estimate a current shortfall of 9-12,000 hotel rooms. With many sites still under construction this is unlikely to improve significantly. However, South Africa does have a significant network of Lodges, Cottages, B and Bs and self-catering accommodation. The AA guide [see Guides] is a great help in planning where to stay. The site SA Venues also provides a comprehensive search tool for finding accommodation across the country.

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