From the publisher:
The 2010 FIFA World Cup roused a nation, defying South African skeptics and Afro-pessimists alike, and this definitive account of Africa's first World Cup covers the build-up, the tournament itself, and its aftermath. Offering serious insights into the host country's management of a soccer event of this magnitude, the book explores the image South Africa chose to convey to the world, revealing the vivid granularity of this beautiful country during that extraordinary month.
Richard Calland is a Constitutional Lawyer and political analyst. Associate Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town and Director of Idasa's Economic Governance Programme, he is also Secretary-General of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers and a founder member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC). Calland's political column, Contretemps, has appeared in the Mail & Guardian since September 2001. His previous books include Anatomy of South Africa: Who Holds the Power? (2006). Lawson Naidoo is a lawyer, a freelance consultant and an entrepreneur. He was special advisor to Dr Frene Ginwala, the Speaker of the first democratically elected Parliament of South Africa, Deputy Secretary to the Pikoli Inquiry and is currently Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution. Andrew Whaley writes plays for stage, screen and radio. He travels to East and West Africa to make radio serial dramas. His play, The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco, was published in the first Methuen Anthology of Contemporary African Theatre. He wrote a memoir of South African pop legend, Brenda Fassie. His latest play, Banished, was commissioned and broadcast by BBC Radio 3. By night, Calland, Naidoo and Whaley run 3Play Productions, an independent film company, whose debut documentary, Black Stars: An African Footballing Odyssey, was commissioned and screened by Channel 4 in the UK in 2008, and aired by DStv's Mzansi channel in 2010. Their latest production, The Rise and Fall of a Party called COPE, is currently in meltdown - like its subject.