CBC's news crew is in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Read their stories from the streets of South Africa and the sidelines of the soccer pitches at the world's largest sporting event. Below you'll find a roundup of the blogs written by our reporters.

The hawkers are missing


Timbang usually sells his wares in stadium corridors and aisles, but is banned from the facility during the World Cup. ((David Gutnick/CBC))

By David Gutnick

Inside the stadiums and the surrounding fenced-off grounds, spectators have almost no choices. There is one brand of cola, one brand of beer, one bland hot dog and biltong, a traditional dried meat snack. Only official FIFA souvenirs, which are outlandishly high priced, are for sale.

The exciting tastes and textures, the noisy hustle and bustle of South African entrepreneurial street culture has gone missing. Continue reading this post>>  

Soccer dreams in a Cape Town squatter's camp


An estimated 1,000 children live in this Cape Town squatter's camp.(David Gutnick/CBC)

By David Gutnick

Raymond Sholtz walks back and forth on the side of the highway keeping his eyes on the 30 kids chasing a ripped soccer ball up and down the field.

The players are in bare feet, ripped sandals and running shoes falling apart at the seams. They dodge rocks, cans, milk jugs and dirty diapers on their way to the goals they have built from wooden palettes rescued from the dump. Continue reading this post>>

The roly-poly guy in the navy blue tracksuit


Argentina head coach Diego Maradona blows a kiss. (Martin Meissner/Associated Press)

By David Gutnick

For the first time since I have been in Johannesburg, the ever-present honking of vuvuzelas has been drowned out. I think these obsessive fellows are singing something that is slightly off-colour:

Come on, come on, Argentina, come on, we will win in this noisy brothel.

There is a hush, and then even greater pandemonium.  Continue reading this post >>

Ubuntu wheeling through the streets of Soweto


Students from a school for the disabled parade in the streets of Soweto. ((David Gutnick/CBC))

By David Gutnick

Pulang Motalung was going a little crazy. A hundred kids in wheelchairs were lined up next to one of Soweto's busiest streets and there was not a police car in sight.

"Whenever you do not want to see a traffic copper they pull you over," she said. "And when they are supposed to be here, you cannot find one." Continue reading this post >>

A kaput car and surprise rescue


The Orlando Pirates practice in Johannesburg. ((David Michael Lamb/CBC))

By David Michael Lamb

It happened en route to the training ground of the Orlando Pirates, one of the premier football clubs in South Africa. While on the highway, our car started to overheat. We pulled over, and our driver said there was no way we could keep going. We would have to wait for help, which could easily take an hour, meaning we’d miss the practice. Continue reading this post >>

FIFA fever


A street vendor with his unofficial flags and T-shirts. ((CBC))

By David Gutnick

"Flight 990 from Paris to Johannesburg is ready for boarding," is the announcement and 455 of us line up two by two, ready to board the world's largest passenger aircraft. Through the windows we see the Airbus 380. In French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, isiZulu, siXhosa and Afrikaans, FIFA fever is rampant as I overhear conversation after conversation about who will come out on top. Continue reading this post >>

Canada's World Cup 'team'


CBC Radio's World Report team. ((CBC))

By Carolyn Dunn

Greetings from Cape Town! For the next 5½ weeks, our CBC news crew will give Canadian readers, listeners and viewers a glimpse of what it is like to be here, during this historic, first FIFA World Cup held on African soil. Continue reading this post >>