Game plan

The World Cup tournament is the world's biggest sporting event. Because of this, the country which is selected to host this event is under intense international scrutiny to deliver an experience that meets the expectations of numerous stakeholders which include three million spectators and 30 billion television viewers. This article examines the state of South Africa's preparations to host the 2010 World Cup, an effort that has been harshly criticized because of its failure to meet its schedule and budget targets. In doing so, it describes how South Africa's cities will benefit from its investment in the facilities needed to host the World Cup (new public transport systems, information and communications infrastructure). It also explains how South Africa is managing this project without using project managers. It then overviews the current effort to expand O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg, South Africa)--noting how officials are managing this effort--and the present construction efforts to eithe
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