UK Sun Newspaper You Suck
And I use the term “newspaper” with great hesitancy. This rabid tabloid waste of paper was responsible for causing the big stink this past weekend over the condition of the Royal Bafokeng Sports Complex outside Rustenburg which will house the English football team for the duration of the 2010 World Cup.
The paper labelled the venue “a builders’ yard” and headlined the article with “England training complex a dump”. Read the article attached to that link at your own risk. The bile and over-exaggerated nonsense in it made me nauseous and I had to have me a little lie down afterwards.
The truth about the complex and it’s state of readiness for the English teams’ arrival is far better reported on in this SkyNews clip from Emma Hurd:
So who are you going to believe? The trash tabloid Sun garbage, or the hot SkyNews reporter Emma Hurd? Yeah, us too.
Ironically, the SkyNews report was broadcast on the very same day that the Sun article appeared.
A day later and Fabio Capello is on ITN Sports News saying things like “We are really happy, the pitches are good and will be better, etc.” after actually seeing the venue for himself:
So again: Sun newspaper you suck! The World Cup is coming to South Africa and none of your scaremongering “useless Africans it’s going to be a disaster” bull is going to change that.
Besides that your team will probably only be inconvenienced for the 3 group games before being sent home, being jealous that our “builder’s yard dump” looks a hell of a lot better than your semi-detached council estate home really is pathetic.
Edit by Greg in response to Voteds! comment (09h30 – 26/02/2010)
The project is a (very small) part of the Bafokeng Nations’ 30-year Master Development plan. (Download the outline to this here.) This community has development plans and targets in place that stretch to 2035 and beyond!
What the UK media are doing is harping on about the construction site of something that is not going to be ready until 2013, BUT which has absolutely no bearing on the England football teams’ use of the Sports Campus as a 2010 SWC base.
The final complex will be huge, have two hotels, 6 full size football fields, an athletics track, multiple tennis and netball courts, swimming pools, medical facilities, classrooms, indoor courts and gyms, etc., etc. And I mean seriously HUGE: Check the full site plans here.
When the UK media report that “Jordaan says ‘The place is finished. I could take you there now and walk you through room by room and show you,’ even though it clearly is still a building site and obviously isn’t finished” they are being a little disingenuous.
Jordaan also said: “All England need is a hotel and two training pitches and they have that. England are not concerned about phase two or three [of the development] because that will finish in 2013. What they need is a first-class hotel and training pitches and that is what they will have at Bafokeng.”
Presumably when England move in to the COMPLETED section of the campus in early June, construction on the other UNNEEDED areas, sections, phases and facilities will be suspended for the duration.
As for construction timetables, as the only community owned facility being used for SWC2010, the campus is 100% owned by Bafokeng holdings. There is no public funding involved in it at all and the stadium (which is really the only thing required by the public) was completed comfortably on schedule.
Ultimately, the accommodation & training venue for the English team is of no direct consequence to the public, and should only be a concern for the English team. And, in terms of the words from the mouth of their manager in the video clip above, he seems pretty happy with things.
The whole point of our original article was to highlight the sensationalism and pathetic “clutch at anything to make them look bad” approach that the some in the UK media have taken to this story. Report the facts, keep things straight and honest, and be fair in your reporting and we don’t have an issue.
But for goodness sake, stop with the subtle SA-bashing nonsense.