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World Cup fever hits the road

World Cup fever has hit the road in the form of the People's Bus – a mobile hub of football trivia and fan gear that will bring the fun, excitement and spirit of the tournament to as many South African communities as possible.
World Cup fever spreads abroad

National Fly the Flag Day: 2 March 2010

Three million tickets. 64 matches. 32 teams. Approximately 450 000 international visitors. A global television audience of more than 26 billion viewers cumulatively. 48 million proud Bafana Bafana supporters. And billions of rands spent on improving South Africa for the long term beyond the World Cup.

Gallery: Brand South Africa in Davos – the campaign

Brand South Africa had a strong and vibrant presence at the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in late...

A brief history of Bafana Bafana

South Africa's national football team, Bafana Bafana ("The Boys"), has a relatively short international history, only playing its first match in 1992 – two years before the country's first democratic elections.
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SA gears up for 2010 with Adidas

Adidas’s new Unite Mzansi Unite campaign, which kicks off with a giant 60m replica of the official Bafana Bafana jersey on a nationwide tour, aims to inspire South Africans to support both the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the national team.

Bafana draw with Reggae Boyz

Bafana Bafana followed up their goalless draw against Japan on the weekend with another nil-all result against Jamaica in Bloemfontein on Tuesday night. Striker Benni McCarthy might be back in the Bafana fold, but the ball is not yet finding the back of the net.

Bafana, Japan goalless in Port Elizabeth

Carlos Alberto Parreira oversaw his first match back in charge of Bafana Bafana and striker Benni McCarthy made his return to the team as South Africa and Japan drew goalless in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The master of the makarapa

In 1979 a bottle thrown in a crowd inspired Alfred Baloyi to invent the elaborately carved and colourfully decorated plastic hard hats that are now an essential part of South African football matches' festival atmosphere.

Bafana’s World Cup jersey unveiled

Bafana Bafana's 2010 World Cup jersey has been unveiled. South African and German teams spent two years designing the jersey, which includes the South African flag on the front and an African art print on the collar.

Football Fridays fever mounts

The South African government has thrown its full weight behind Football Fridays – a campaign to drum up support for national football squad Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.