South Africa after the Last World Cup Ball Is Kicked
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Sunday's final match will be an historic one, but what history will the World Cup games leave behind in South Africa? The country's infrastructure has been upgraded and South Africans talk of a new pride. But after the vuvuzelas have gone silent, the country still faces massive challenges in schools, housing and unemployment. Also, Massachusetts' ruling on gay marriage could have broad repercussions. On Reporter's Notebook, they burned his jersey in Cleveland. What's ahead for Lebron James with the Miami Magic?
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Banner image: A South African child looks through a window on July 1, 2010 at the Alexandra township of Johannesburg, on the eve of the World Cup quarter finals football matches. Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images
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South Africa after the Last World Cup Ball Is Kicked ()
There'll be a first-time winner of the World Cup on Sunday, when Spain or The Netherlands will join the ranks of legendary soccer teams. But the cost of the games isn't cheap. South Africa spent some $2 billion constructing ten stadiums. In a country still struggles with pressing problems that include high unemployment, a critical housing shortage and a school system in crisis, what long-term impact will the World Cup have on South Africa? What happened to the magic of the Mandela dream?
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- Justice Malala: Columnist, Times of South Africa
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- Mark Heisler: Sports Columnist, Los Angeles Times
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