South Africa has invested 5.6 billion euros in hosting the World Cup. Five brand new stadiums have been built for the event while five others have been completed renovated. The objective is to boost the economy and reduce social inequalities by creating tens of thousands of jobs, 50 000 of which will last after the tournament has ended.
Yet, in the townships, optimism is far from ripe. Due to the economic crisis coupled with security fears, the number of foreigners expected over the month-long tournament has plummeted, in a matter of weeks, from 450 000 to 250 000.
In Durban 13,000 people were employed to help with the construction of the new Moses Mabhida stadium. But workers are now back amongst the ranks of the unemployed. Some inhabitants of the large Umlazi township have invested in bed and breakfasts projects to accommodate supporters, but for the moment they have not one single booking over this period.
euronews reporter Serge Rombi visited Umlazi, where worry and scepticism is high ahead of FIFA’s flagship tournament.