Joburg Gets It Together

Soweto's unifying growth will be onstage at the World Cup

PHOTOGRAPH FOR TIME BY BENEDICTE KURZEN / VII MENTOR

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Confirmation of how Johannesburg and its most infamous township are becoming one--and how Joburg is changing from a place to escape to a destination--could come in a little over a year's time, on July 11, 2010. The World Cup final will be played at Soccer City, the spectacularly revamped 94,000-seat stadium shaped like an African calabash gourd on the eastern outskirts of Soweto. The world's biggest match, in a sport filled with African stars, played on Africa's premier ground in Africa's most famous township, will most likely have an atmosphere no game has ever seen.

The Cup final will allow the...

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