Thursday, June 25, 2009


The official logo for the FIFA World Cup 2010.

It is exactly 350 days countdown to the next FIFA World Cup. The first thing that alerts me of the popularity of the World Cup is in fact a spam mail. Let me share with you this very interesting spam mail which alleged that I had won One Million Dollars (I don't know what currency though). Yes, even the World Cup has been used as a spam mail strategy to cheat more people in this world. The weakness of mankind that they want to tackle is greed, the strongest weapon of deceit.

From: 2010 Awareness []
Sent: Mon 6/22/2009 3:14 PM
Subject: Awareness draw.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the South Africa 2010 world
cup announced today that it will give full support to UEFA for the
UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour in Africa. Africans will hold the
UEFA Champions League Trophy aloft when it takes the famous cup on
tour in December this year.
After two successful tours in Asia and South America in 2007 and 2008
it is now the turn of African football fans in to have the ultimate
experience, to be able to see and touch the famous Trophy.

The kick off date of the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour will
coincide with the Final draw date for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Cape
Town, South Africa, on 4 December 2009 at the Cape Town International
Convention Centre.
To create international AWARENESS of the Tour and the 2010 FIFA World
Cup, UEFA and FIFA organised the first ever
world cup online awareness (email) draw by contacting Microsoft
directly to provide the email contacts of the leading internet using
countries that are members of FIFA.

Among the email addresses that were provided by microsoft for the
online draw, your email address came out as one of the four lucky
winning email addresses of FOUR MILLION DOLLARS ( $4,000,000.00 ), as
a result your email address won you the sum of ONE MILLION DOLLARS (
$1,000,000.00 ).


Mr. Jabu Moleketi
Private Bag X115/X091
South Africa
Tel: +27 837 160 642

Congratulations from the FIFA/UEFA awareness draw Team.

Zakumi, a leopard with green hair is the official mascot for the FIFA World Cup 2010 tournament. His name comes from "ZA", the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code for South Africa, and "kumi", a word that means ten in various African languages.

Yes, the next World Cup will be hosted in South Africa. Although every genuine football fan in the world will go nuts when being infected with the World Cup fever, the venue of the upcoming tournament is not giving me something to cheer about. South Africa has a bad reputation in terms of criminal record, which gives me mixed feelings about them being the host.

For all of you poor people who can't afford the overpriced tickets and will be crossing your fingers to get a lucky chance to go there, there are two ways I know of that you can try.

FIFA World Cup Quiz

McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy

Try these two methods to give yourself a chance to go to the World Cup.


There are 10 stadiums to be used for the tournament. The FNB Stadium, short for First National Bank, or Soccer City will be the most important stadium of the tournament. It was designed by Boogertman Urban Edge + Partners with HOK Sport Architecture. The design of the facade seems to be loaded with panels with random openings to connect the interior with the exterior. It can house 78,000 people and the current upgrading works is to help increase capacity to 94,000. It will be used for the opening match, four first-round matches, one second-round match, one quarter-final match and the final match.








Back to South Africa crime scene, the major problem is rape. It is so common to have rape cases there that you think the spread of H1N1 virus is much slower. It is reported that there are 150 rapes every day over there. The authorities should seriously do something to stop this trend, which is giving a very bad image of South Africa to the world. Now that they are hosting the World Cup, will the incoming football fans traffic be affected by these rapists?

South African rape survey shock

One in four South African men questioned in a survey said they had raped someone, and nearly half of them admitted more than one attack.

The study, by the country's Medical Research Council, also found three out of four who admitted rape had attacked for the first time during their teens.

It said practices such as gang rape were common because they were considered a form of male bonding.

The MRC spoke to 1,738 men in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces.

The research was conducted in both rural and urban areas and included all racial groups.

Using an electronic device to keep the results anonymous, the study found that 73% of those who admitted rape said they had carried out their first assault before the age of 20.

Almost half who said they had carried out a rape admitted they had done so more than once.

One in 20 men surveyed said they had raped a woman or girl in the last year.

Professor Rachel Jewkes of the MRC, who carried out the research, told the BBC's World Today programme: "The absolute imperative is we have to change the underlying social attitudes that in a way have created a norm that coercing women into sex is on some level acceptable.

"We know that we have a higher prevalence of rape in South Africa than there is in other countries.

"And it's partly rooted in our incredibly disturbed past and the way that South African men over the centuries have been socialised into forms of masculinity that are predicated on the idea of being strong and tough and the use of force to assert dominance and control over women, as well as other men."

She added that all the victims in the main survey were said to be women, but participants were also interviewed about male rape.

'Sad state of affairs'

The study found that one in 10 men said they had been raped by other men.

Some 3% of the men interviewed said they had coerced a man or a boy into sex.

The participants were also tested for HIV and the authors of the survey were surprised that men who had raped were not more likely to test positive for the virus.

Mbuyiselo Botha, from the South African Men's Forum, which campaigns for women's rights, told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that any view of women as "fair game" had to be challenged.

Mr Botha, a father of two girls himself, said: "I think that yes, the figures are that high and for us, for me in particular, that is a very sad state of affairs.

"It means that we continue in South Africa to be one of the highest capitals of rape in the world.

"I don't think it's cultural per se; I think it has to do with how a lot of us men worldwide were raised. The issues of dominance against women, issues of inequality, are pervasive and you find them throughout the world."

South Africa's government has been repeatedly criticised for failing to address the country's rape epidemic.

A recent trade union report said a child was being raped in South Africa every three minutes with the vast majority of those cases going unreported.

South Africa's rape shock

A new survey carried out in the South African city of Johannesburg has uncovered an alarming picture of sexual violence.

One in three of the 4,000 women questioned by CIET Africa, non-governmental organisation, said they had been raped in the past year.

CIET researchers trying to find ways of arresting the alarming growth in sexual violence in South Africa said they were shocked by the finding.

Gang rape 'fun'

In a related survey conducted among 1,500 schoolchildren in the Soweto township, a quarter of all the boys interviewed said that 'jackrolling' - a South African term for recreational gang rape - was fun.

More than half the interviewees insisted that when a girl says no to sex she really means yes.

Many of those interviewed also expressed little knowledge about the need to use condoms and to practise safe sex.


The boys' opinions differed markedly from those expressed by schoolgirls, many of whom suggested that they were living in an intolerable sexual environment.

Levels of sexual violence differ across the country.

But BBC Correspondent Greg Barrow, in Johannesburg, says the city - South Africa's largest and its industrial hub - is rapidly emerging as the rape capital of the world.

He says the CIET survey will only serve to reinforce that unwelcome title.

CIET says it will be recommending a new approach to the problem in schools, and among the police and community leaders.

It also hopes to focus on the majority of men who do not rape and establish ways of raising their profile as community role models.

As recently as last week, South Africa's first black test cricketer, Makhaya Ntini, appeared in court on rape charges - to the dismay of those who saw him as a potential role model for young sportspeople.

Car hijackings up

The survey was released at the same time as the government's latest crime statistics, which reveal that the rates of murder and rape in South Africa had declined slightly during 1998.

The murder rate nevertheless remains at 52 per 100,000 - eight times as high as in the United States.

Car hijackings last year were up by nearly 9% on the previous year's figure, and the statistics also show an increase in the rate of burglary and mugging.

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