Date: 3rd January 2010 at 4:57pm
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World Cup Countdown #13

South African based Manchester City fan, Mariner sent us the latest World Cup Countdown.

Of late there has been little news relevant to the World Cup, except in the second game played at Moses Mabhida stadium here in Durban whereby a considerable number of the seats collapsed during the game. Thankfully, there were no reports of serious injuries. The seats have now been re installed, hopefully with stronger supports.



Possibly some of you guys will have seen the warning notices as issued from the British Foreign Office for British visitors during the World Cup (or at any time for that matter)? For those of you who are not aware of the potential hazards herewith a list:

1) The arrival Airport is a dangerous place with visitors being followed after leaving Johannesburg Airport, stopped en route to their hotels, robbed at gun point or hi jacked. Extreme caution should be observed when driving away, especially in hire cars.

2) Baggage is extremely vulnerable-keep within sight at all times.

3) Passport theft is common-usually opportunist and non violent but sometimes associated with muggings.

4) Stay completely away from such areas as Berea and Hillbrow in Johannesburg and City centres at night. Durban beachfront and city centre also mentioned.

5) Hi Jacking possibilities exist on the road to the Kruger National Park

6) Hiking on and around Table Mountain can be dangerous.

7) If mugged or hi jacked, remain calm, hand over valuables and avoid eye contact-seems easier said than done.

8) When driving, avoid stopping for piles of stones on roads or even what look like genuine road accidents-these can be ploys to get you out of your car. I would rather drive past and report to the Police at the earliest opportunity.

9) Just driving can be fraught with danger and there are many fatal road accidents. Overtaking can take place on either side or sometimes even on the hard shoulder. Beware, especially of the mini buses and taxis, which drive at horrendous speeds. (Drivers pay depends on the number of passengers carried during a shift so speed is of the essence). If you see one coming up behind, rather pull over and let it pass.

10) Take out travel insurance.

11) ATM fraud is endemic. Take care and never use late at night.

Sounds great doesn’t it, but probably no more dangerous than being a Chelsea or Man Utd supporter at Leeds in the 60s. Mind you, that was pretty dodgy.

On the bright side, the weather and scenery are great and England’s draw looks pretty reasonable.

Happy New Year to all.

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