timing is everything unexpected night off no windfall for hosts
WHAT are the special World Cup detectives supposed to do when a tourist not here for the tournament gets mugged?
Authorities in Johannesburg were left with that dilemma during the week, when an American -- arriving in town for an unrelated stay -- was mugged and shot in the wealthy area of Sandton.
The victim was attacked while on the way to his hostel on Wednesday.
Eventually, it was decided that the World Cup cops will investigate the case. David Beuche, who was travelling on his own, made the mistake of wandering around in the wrong direction without company.
Four men pulled up in a car and took his passport, backpack and money.The unfortunate Beuche didn't even know that he'd been shot in the arm until officers reached him.
Considering crimes around the competition have resulted in harsh sentences, the attackers can expect little justice if they are caught.
If they'd just waited for another couple of weeks...
unexpected night off
BRAZIL'S shock World Cup exit to the Netherlands prompted pandemonium in the media centre in Soccer City ahead of last night's Uruguay-Ghana clash.
A large number of Brazilian media were in attendance, with their brief being to catch their country's likely semi final opponents in action.
Such was the confidence around Dunga's side.
They were naturally miffed at the full-time whistle, with their only consolation an unexpected night off.
no windfall for hosts
South african Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday that the country's economy is set to break even from the World Cup.
While the event will add 38 billion rand to the coffers, that's more or less what the government spent hosting it.
Gordhan added that that massive infrastructural improvements -- such as new rail networks -- will benefit the generations to come. Which is a fair point considering most of them weren't actually ready for this competition.