Thursday marks 10 years since SA hosted a World Cup highly charged with symbolism but dogged by questions about the wisdom of spending billions on a sports event that might have been better used elsewhere.

Hosting the first football World Cup in Africa was seen as a coming of age for the embattled continent. But the month-long tournament, which had a $3bn price tag, also came at a time when the country faced an enormous backlog of social needs such as housing, hospitals, water and electricity...

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