Iwan - World Cup will leave limited legacy in South Africa
Canaries legend Iwan Roberts believes the problems of overcoming poverty in South Africa won't be solved by its hosting of the World Cup. Roberts toured townships in Johannesburg and Cape Town for S4C programme Y Byd ar Bedwar.
Canaries legend Iwan Roberts believes the problems of overcoming poverty in South Africa won't be solved by its hosting of the World Cup.
Roberts toured townships in Johannesburg and Cape Town for S4C programme Y Byd ar Bedwar.
But the conclusion is hardly an encouraging one for those who believed the biggest sporting show on earth would help solve some of the country's deep rooted social deprivation.
'I hope the money that comes in benefits some people, but it won't help everyone; the problem is a very big one,' said Roberts.
Roberts met up with Aled Pickard, who works with Aids charity Wola Nani in Cape Town, and refereed a five-a-side tournament arranged by the charity at a Fifa-financed pitch in the Khayelitsha township. But while the pitch was built to bring hope to the community Roberts, pictured, was left unimpressed.
He said: 'I don't think building a pitch like the one the children played on is going to prove very expensive to Fifa.
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'I think they and some of the big companies who sponsor the World Cup could do a little more to help these areas.'
Perhaps the biggest shock came during a visit to Blikkiesdorp, a government-built town of 6,000 people rehoused from various parts of Cape Town.
The one-room buildings have no running water nor sanitation facilities and there is a 9pm curfew for residents.
A local township resident said: 'This is a dumping place for the city - and it is all because of the World Cup.'
Roberts said: 'When you think this country can't surprise you any more, you see this.'