SOUTH Africans have been slow in buying tickets for the World Cup, much to the frustration of Local Organising Committee bigwigs.
We feel for Danny Jordaan and Irvin Khoza. Their hard work getting the first World Cup on African soil has coincided with at least two things totally out of their hands.
The economy is bad, with economist only now seeing the possibility that the recession might be behind us.
The other factor weighing against the fans' enthusiasm is the poor form of the host national team.
While it seems obvious that watching the World Cup on home soil is special enough on its own, regardless of which teams are playing, it is a tad difficult to tell home fans, so accustomed to their team leaving the playing field with bowed heads, that they should rush to spend money they do not have on the same team.