Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
THE Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will host its last match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup tomorrow, but the memories of the tournament will forever live with the people here.
Germany and Uruguay will battle it out in the third place play-off. Residents of Port Elizabeth said they were grateful that their "small" town was given the honour of being one of the host cities.
Among the high-profile matches that were played in PE was the quarterfinal clash between finalists Netherlands against Brazil.
Sibongiseni Mthimkhulu, 26, a fast food employee from Kwa Dwesi, said even though she did not attend any matches, she still felt part of the football spectacle.
"I feel that the tournament went well and I am glad that our city was one of the host cities and we delivered. I would have loved to have watched at least one match, but I couldn't as we had a lot of customers and I had to work," Mthimkhulu said.
Elethu Tshune said PE's success as a host city should be considered in future for other sporting tournaments.
"I think for first time hosts we did pretty well. I managed to go watch the Brazil and Netherlands match and I had a really great time. I honestly can't think of where we can improve in the future because everything went well," she said.
Storme Gathercole of Summerstrand was equally ecstatic. Their laundry service profited from the tournament.
But she said some tourists found the place boring.
"We are a small town compared to Johannesburg and our infrastructure doesn't compare to theirs. Some tourists felt that the place is dead," she said.