Boycott of 2010 Soccer World Cup mooted

We need to go further than the mere postponement of a Peace Conference. There is no point to our country if we are solely defined by race and if race is the only measure by which we are called to account. It is therefore not surprising that we are confronted with an issue like Tibet and the Dalai Lama at precisely the moment at which the majority of black South African’s believe their historical destiny, as a black nation, to have been realised in the form of Jacob Zuma.

Yes, it is Zuma who has crafted ANC China Policy and therefore it is Zuma who must bare the brunt of world opinion as South Africa loses any claim to be in possession of a human rights record. As if the xenophobia of the past year was not enough of a wake-up call, or the Ken Sira-Wiwa saga in which Mandela backed the Nigerian regime which ended up by executing the environmental activist (what would have happened if Mandela had faced the death penalty?) was not a prelude, or the many pronouncments on Zimbabwe, Mynamar and Burma. South Africa’s foreign policy is beginning to imitate policy at home affairs — we are a nation of innumerate thugs, illiterate child-rapists and first-in-the-queue HIV victims, who have no regard for any of the rights guaranteed in the constitution and are willing to sell out freedom to the highest bidder. Enough is enough. Boycott 2010 Soccer World Cup until South Africa guarantees fundemental rights and freedoms. Let us remember the greater struggle of humanity. If any leader of any religious group wishes to visit our country then let no barriers, no banning orders, no censorship, be erected. All should be welcome to our shores, as we unite by common ideals, shared aspirations and ideas, not the pitiful subject of the colour of one’s skin.

2010 rights watch – Fifa restricting civil rights

Fifa Stadium restricts civil rights
Fifa Stadium restricts civil rights

A DRACONIAN Cape Town City Bylaw could outlaw indoor gatherings of more than 50 people where microphones, Ipods, and and ghetto blasters are used and if the result is amplified sound , even if the event happens in the comfort of your living room, consider it an offence without a license.

The proposed new bylaw is intended to force events organisers to apply for licenses to host “musicians, poets and entertainers”, while regulating an environment in which businesss-in-exchange-for-favours is the order of the day. The City plans to clean-up the boho inner city strip of Long Street and other entertainment areas, forcing promoters of “educational, cultural and religious events” to give-up a percentage of their takings in exchange for mutually beneficial “partnerships”, and the bylaw has thus set in motion a regulatory mechanism intended to create a “return on investment” from both public and private facilities, and covers outdoor and indoor events of every description in Cape Town.

2010: Cape Town Arts still “Cinderella Status”

AS Cape Town gears up for the 2010 soccer world cup, fears are being expressed that local arts and culture will be driven onto the sidelines as much-needed financial support is redirected into building and construction around the soccer stadium. Instead of seeing the event as a purely FIFA affair, it should rather be seen as an opportunity for Capetonians from all walks of life to express how they feel about the Mother city.

Soccer fans coming to Cape Town want a lot more than the soccer. The whole city is being revamped, but as usual, arts and culture enjoys Cinderella Status. This blog would therefore like to announce a competition for the best Cape Town Anthem. Aspiring composers and musicians are asked to incorporate landmarks, history and geography into a modern theme that can be used to combat the FIFA-fication of Cape Town. We are not simply a soccer venue, and a lot more should come out of the cup than a bunch of horribly deconstructed buildings that nobody will be able to afford to use or occupy after the tournament goes away.

Cape Town deserves a lot more from its City than foreign aid, Swiss dignitories and Pommies making money. Where are the opportunities for locals to participate in the economic feasting that is going on behind closed doors? It is time for the City to put money on the table as far as the Arts are concerned, without which, the World Cup will be just another World Cup without anything except Table Mountain to remind an international audience that Cape Town exists.

Send Entries to Cape Town Anthem, PO Box 4398, Cape Town 8000