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Supporting and reporting on Bafana Bafana

South African School Reporters Zandile and Sihle with their teacher Alice.
It was difficult being a reporter for a match that involves your own country, but since we were trained we stuck to the duty of reporting!
Zandile and Sihle, School Reporters and South Africa fans

Zandile and Sihle from South Africa reflect on their experiences of supporting and reporting the home team, as a diary.

The pupils are from schools taking part in the British Council's Connecting Classrooms project and are working in partnership with BBC News School Report to provide on-the-spot reports from South Africa.

Read more about the partnership and meet the rest of the World Cup reporters.


By Zandile, 14, and Sihle, 14
From Ubuhle-Bezwe Junior Secondary School, Soshanguve, South Africa

21 June 2010: Day one - getting to Bloemfontein

Although we live in South Africa, we had to travel a long way to get to our match. Our transport was a little late but we were very excited about this trip!

The road was long and was being renovated, which wasn't nice, but we finally arrived in Bloemfontein and settled at a guest house, which was really nice. We were exhausted, so we went for dinner and straight to bed.

22 June 2010: Day two - match day

We woke up and had our breakfast, then we left for the mall, were we met a lot of Bafana Bafana and France fans.

We did some interviews and, at the same time, we did some shopping before we prepared for the match.

When we got to the stadium, we found the security was tight.

Zandile meets another Bafana Befana fan before the match.
Zandile meets another Bafana Befana fan before the match.

There were lots of fans so before the match so we interviewed some of the South African and France fans. It was interesting to get the thoughts of other fans.

When the match started, we experienced how different people interact with one another.

It was difficult being a reporter for a match that involves your own country, but since we were trained we stuck to the duty of reporting!

It was a little bit scary to interview people, but it built our confidence.

It was a great experience for us and we really enjoyed the match.

We enjoyed being at the road and seeing places and, most importantly, we have gained communication skills, even if sometimes the reporting was challenging!

No-one else in our families has ever been inside a World Cup stadium, so we will cherish this opportunity for a long time.




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