The economic implications of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Jory, Surendranath R and Boojihawon, Dev K. (2011). The economic implications of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. African Journal of Business and Economic research, 6(1) pp. 7–21.



The 2010 FIFA World Cup was held in South Africa; the first time the tournament had been played on the continent of Africa. Given the country’s economic and social limitations, this study examines the economic impact of the World Cup on South Africa. We argue that although the World Cup was not the salvation of the economy that might have been hoped, it did favour some remarkable socio-economic positive outcomes. Specifically, we argue that the World Cup provided South Africa with accelerated direct and indirect economic benefits such as expanding the country’s international profile, adding to the country’s GDP, upgrading its infrastructures, and increasing international exposure for its business community, the scale and scope of which would have been inconceivable with the game.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 31489
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1750-4562
  • Extra Information
  • Special Issue: The Implications of the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup for African Business
  • Keywords
  • FIFA World Cup 2010; South Africa; ex-post economic analysis
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2011 Adonis & Abbey Publishers
  • Depositing User
  • Dev Boojihawon