For the 2010 World Cup, naysayers thought South Africa could not build the stadiums in time. Those critics should be red-faced now. South impressive preparations underline the changes on the continent.
Bono, in The New York Times
OSCAR-WINNER CHARLIZE THERON IS HELPING GIVE RURAL KIDS IN SOUTH AFRICA ACCESS TO THEIR OWN SOCCER FRESH WATER.
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The stunning $600 million Cape Town Stadium between the mountains and the sea opened in December.
The new Moses Mabhida Stadium has a viewing platform at the top of the the tallest swing.
The revamped and iconic Soccer City Stadium will host the and games of the World Cup.
for people together in a small Stadium was completed in 2009.
Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, also last year, has an eye-catching roof and spectacular lake view.
in South Afica as a world-class sporting event. Others see a historical (never before has it been held on Afican soil). Still others view it as an unparalleled tourism opportunity. Actress Charlize Theron, founder of the Charlize Theron Afica Outreach Project, sees quite a potential: the opportunity for people internationally to help improve health, education and recreational resources in South rural communities. am so proud that hosting the World Cup and that people are coming for this incredible enthused the Oscar-winning actress during a phone conversation just days afer returning fom her latest trip to her homeland. will see what South Afica and South Aficans are about and hopefully, some of the things that we need help with will get spotlighted as Many an actor has lef home to pursue the bright lights of show business and never looked back. Not Theron, 34, whose career move a matter of driving across a couple of states, but of traveling halfway around the world fom her home in rural Benoni, about an hour fom Johannesburg. Now a U.S. citizen living in Los Angeles, the actress always keeps her country and its people anchored in her heart. Through her Afica Outreach Project, founded in 2007, she has partnered with organizations led by philanthropic luminaries such as Oprah Winfey and Matt Damon to bring everything fom clean water and medicine to soccer to South rural communities. Theron undertook the responsibility of running a afer she learned that teenagers in the Umkhanyakude District in South rural KwaZulu-Natal province had a 50 percent chance of contracting HIV or AIDS in their lifetime. it was one of the most highly areas in the world, and it was just unbelievable to me in this day and age that that was a reality for these kids in their adolescent years. People die purely because of poverty and Her partnered with Angel Network to fund mobile health units to travel the district providing medical and educational services. Today, the units serve some 10,000 students and 20,000 additional community members, assistance not only for AIDS and HIV, but also for things like ear and eye infections and other things that we just take for Theron says her interest has more than just a South Afican connection: thing that connected with me was the similarity of growing up in a rural community where you just have access to both knowledge and On her visits to launch the mobile units, Theron became aware of more serious problems: Charlize Theron with students from Madwaleni High School, which has gotten help from mobile health units. were no toilets or running Plus, when talking with students, she realized was nothing for them to do afer With the World Cup approaching, Theron partnered with ONEXONE and its ambassadors Matt Damon and Mia Hamm to create Home Field Advantage. The initiative is bringing fesh water, sanitation and soccer to schools in the province. Plus, LA-based soccer club LAFC Chelsea has committed to building communitywide school soccer with uniforms, cleats, balls, equipment and the are built. interested in things and ideas that can really lives in a positive and way. Our motivation has always been to leave something theirs, that they can own, that belongs to Theron says. how it should
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