Speech - Minister: Plenary of the IOC 7th World Forum on Educational and Social Legacy of the FIFA World Cup

South Africa has hosted a string of mega-events since 1994, including the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the 2002 UN World Summit on Sustainable Development, the 2003 Cricket World Cup, and now the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2009 alone, lesser major events such as the IPL Cricket Tournament, the Confederations Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy took place on South African soil. Mega-event promoters assure all parties of excellent benefits. Even if the event generates a monetary loss, it is believed that the benefits in terms of international exposure and tourist arrivals will be more than compensated. Since around 1998, however, a new wave of studies from previous host countries has suggested more mixed effects.

: 14 January 2011
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