The South African government is hard at work preparing for the 2010 World Cup. It's getting new stadiums, infrastructure, and new city names. Yet those in charge have a larger concern about power, and it's one that could bring the games to a halt.
World Cup 2010 government unit director-general Joe Phaahla said they were concerned about the weak supply of power especially during June and July which it was feared could disrupt the first World Cup to be held in Africa.Yes, that would be sure, Joe. Rolling blackouts took down former Governor of California Grey Davis, and we could only guess what would happen to the person responsible if the power controlling the satellite feeds went down during a game. Worse, imagine if the lights were to go out during the middle of a match! It might be the first and last World Cup to be held in Africa.
"We will not want to see blackouts during the tournament," Phaahla told reporters in Johannesburg.
This past June South Africa a cold front swept across large parts of the country, resulting in a record demand of electricity. Phaahla has said that the government is planning to increase the infrastructure budget by almost 50% to ensure the power problem would cease to become one. But you know, maybe just to be safe, they should play most of their games during the day.