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Unemployment Worries

Nanama Keita/Twenty Ten

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Locals fear job losses after the FIFA World Cup ends.

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Tensions mounting between native job-seekers and immigrants competing for a declining pool of work in South Africa are expected to intensify shortly after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This, as more workers continue to suffer lay offs as a result of completion of construction works and other major projects that were undertaken by the country in the readiness for the world show-piece.

When South Africa was handed the right to host the 2010 World Cup in May 2004, the then-President, Thabo Mbeki, said the monthly-showpiece would undoubtedly boost economic growth in the country, with emphasis on job creation in various sectors of the economy.

Mbeki’s successor, President Jacob Zuma, re-echoed similar promising remarks during the opening of the tournament on June 11, when he said that, “The event itself will create such an opportunity that our economy is not going to be of the same size after the World Cup. We are very confident that after this, employment will go up”.

However, it seems the predicted economic boost vis-à-vis job creation by the coming of the World Cup to South Africa is a far-fetched dream.

The country’s unemployment rate has risen for a fourth consecutive quarter in the first three months of 2010 as companies shed jobs. This has left many economic analysts fearing the worst when the final whistle is blown at the magnificent...

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