Background Info on Sa for 2010 World Cup

Background Information on Gauteng

• Population (2005) – 19, 2 % of South Africa - 9 029 000
• Area = 16 548km2
• 82, 7 % of population with electricity
• 25, 9 doctors per 100 000 people
Gauteng is host to three Official Fifa 2010 world cup stadiums:

Loftus Versfeld – Built in 1906, used to accommodate multiple sports events, after 2010 upgrades are complete it will be able to hold 49 365 people

Soccer City – Built in 1987 to serve as a football sports ground this venue will undergo major modifications to increase its capacity to near 88 500

Ellis Park Stadium – Built in 1982 this stadium is already ready to host the world cup with its 61 639 seats

Host Cities:
Gauteng’s three stadiums are each situated in differing locations:
The Loftus Versfeld stadium is situated in Tshwane (recently renamed from Pretoria). Tshwane is the national capital of South Africa and it serves as the executive (administrative) capital. Tshwane contains the union buildings, many well known universities (Unisa, Tuks) and the national botanical gardens.

Ellis Park stadium is located in central Johannesburg which is well known as the economic center of South Africa. Johannesburg is often referred to as Jozi, Joburg or Egoli (place of Gold – because the city was founded on income produced by gold mines)

Soccer City is also located in Johannesburg but is part of Soweto (the south western townships). This area is known for its strong cultural heritage and its references to the apartheid era of South Africa.

Weather and Climate

Gauteng climate is mostly affected by altitude Joburg at 1 700 m above sea level and Tshwane at 1 330 m above sea level. Despite being at a subtropical latitude Gauteng climate is cooler than one would expect. Most precipitation occurs in short afternoon bursts (convectional rainfall) which are often accompanied by thunderstorms. In winter the average temperature drops extensively and frost and hail are often experienced.