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Africa Rising: A big day for football. A giant leap for a continent

Publié par Clifford Armion le 06/11/2010

Paul Vallely

"Not far from Soccer City, the stadium which will today house the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, stands the Maponya shopping mall. There you can buy Versace sunglasses, eat sushi, smoke a £20 Havana cigar and even purchase a car from the resident Audi dealer. But this is no smart up-town white suburb of Johannesburg. This is black Soweto.

"It is as potent a symbol of a changing African continent as the stadium itself, which was built in the apartheid era as a football venue for South Africa's black population. This was where Nelson Mandela addressed 100,000 ecstatic supporters soon after his release from prison as apartheid crumbled. For the past three years it has stood empty as African workers refurbished it for today's launch. But more than a football stadium is being reborn."

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"Africa Rising: A big day for football. A giant leap for a continent", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2010. Consulté le 28/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/africa-rising-a-big-day-for-football-a-giant-leap-for-a-continent