Considered the South Africa's cultural hub, with a host of galleries, theatres
and museums. Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan city and the economic capital of
Nelson Mandela Bridge, in Johannesburg
(photo Chris Kirchhoff).
A Bafana fan celebrates South Africa's
victory at the FIFA World Cup 2010.
the M2 highway at night, with the Sentech Tower in the background
(photo Walter Knirr).
Soccer City. Originally built in 1987, South Africa's national soccer
stadium has played host to some of the most memorable matches in South Africa’s
soccer history. South Africa defeated Congo 1-0 at the ground, in front of a
delirious capacity crowd, to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first
time. And it was at the same venue that the 1996 African Cup of Nations kicked
off and then finished with South Africa beating Tunisia by two goals to nil to
give the entire country a welcome boost, especially as it followed only one year
after the Springboks had won the Rugby World Cup, also in Johannesburg. It was
also the venue for the first mass rally to celebrate Nelson Mandela's release
from prison in 1990, which drew over 100 000 people.
Soccer City remains South Africa's foremost soccer venue, the main venue in the
2010 Fifa World Cup. Its seating capacity increased from 80 000 to 88 400 for
football's showcase event. The new-look stadium is certainly eye-catching with a
distinctly African flavour. That's because the design is based on the African
pot known as a calabash. The stadium is a short distance from the famous
township, well known for its fanatical football supporters (source: