South Africa more than ready: Zuma

Just days before South Africa meets Mexico in the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup at Soccer City, Johannesburg, President Jacob Zuma took the opportunity to welcome the world to South Africa.

Glitzy Captain’s Dinner planned

South Africa’s national football squad captain Aaron Mokoena will be honoured at a high-profile dinner in Johannesburg on 7 June. The event will also help to raise funds for Mokoena’s charity foundation, and wish his team well for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

South African art scene set for 2010

Art and football may not seem the most obvious of bedfellows, but with a huge influx of tourists set to descend on the cities of South Africa, the galleries around the country are preparing to show off the country's inherent artistic talent.

This Time for Africa: the World Cup song

Written by Shakira and performed with South African band Freshlyground, the official song of the 2010 Fifa World Cup - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - expresses the energy and vitality of the African continent.

New Afrikaans film a hit

Jakhalsdans, a new South African film, has become an almost instant box office hit, setting new standards for Afrikaans-language movies.

Zuma: exhilaration and anticipation

President Jacob Zuma was in Kimberley on 21 April to mark the start of the 50 days’ countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Google SA seeks top pupil doodler

Google South Africa is getting in on the 2010 Fifa World Cup action by inviting local school children to enter their football-themed Google logo into an international Doodle4Google competition.
Google with South African flair

Tourist buddies for World Cup

KwaZulu-Natal province has launched a R1.5-million training programme for 1 500 volunteers, aptly named “tourist buddies”, who will provide helpful tourism information and friendly service to 2010 Fifa World Cup visitors.
World Cup ticket sales simplified

Adcock Ingram expands in West Africa

South Africa's Adcock Ingram has announced the acquisition of a stake of just over 65% in Ghanaian pharmaceutical company Ayrton Drug Manufacturing for an undisclosed sum, giving the local firm a foothold in the West African region.

Cookies with a cause in SA

How did Alicia Polak, a Wall Street investment banker at the crest of a buoyant economy several years ago, end up in Khayelitsha, the vast and impoverished township outside Cape Town, trying to kick-start a self-help baking initiative?
Turning the jobless into jewellers