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Last Updated: Monday January 04 2010 15:32 GMT

Ore heads to South Africa for NR

Ore in South Africa

The year 2010 is going to be a pretty big one for South Africa, with the eyes of the sporting world on the country for the football World Cup.

The tournament kicks off in June, so to get an idea of how preparations are going across the country, Newsround has sent Ore to South Africa to find out more about the country.


"So here we are in South Africa! We've been planning this trip for a few months now and it's great to have finally touched down. However that's nothing compared to the relief the organisers of the 2010 World Cup will feel once the tournament gets going later this summer.

Tasty plane food?

It's been five-and-a-half years since it was announced that South Africa would be staging the tournament and of course even more years of planning as it gets everything ready to become the host nation.

Soccer City in South Africa
Soccer City in South Africa

Now, I've got to admit, I do like a long plane journey - it's the perfect chance to watch films I've missed over the past year and I absolutely LOVE plane food!

Having said that, I often use long flights to catch up on sleep too, missing the films and very nearly missing the food. Let's just say I didn't go hungry between London and landing in Johannesburg - and my belly was as swollen as my feet on arrival!

Our travel actually went without a hitch - no sign of the pre-Christmas cold snap that brought the likes of Luton and Gatwick airports to a standstill.

African cooking pot

My family are from Nigeria in west Africa, but it's the first time I've been in the continent for around 10 years, so driving through the city of Johannesburg definitely brought back a few memories. Before we knew it, though, we were in and out of our hotel and heading for Soccer City Stadium - the venue for the opening ceremony and opening match of the World Cup.

Up close it looks really impressive, designed like a traditional African cooking pot called a Calabash.

Soccer City being built
Soccer City being built

There weren't many people around while we did our filming and the stadium still needs its finishing touches, but I'm sure things will get a lot busier very quickly as the countdown to World Cup kick off continues.

Adventure

We've got plenty to cram in over this week and we're hoping to show you just why this World Cup in South Africa will be so significant. The history of this country is like no other, and perhaps not always in the most positive sense.

It's going to be a really interesting week, a bit of an adventure, and one that you really don't want to miss!"

Ore