For someone who has lived in Johannesburg his whole life, it is always a bit strange to go to a place like Rustenburg. The difference between the two cities is a matter of worlds rather than simple subtleties.
Johannesburg is alive, vibrant and full of energy, whereas
Rustenburg is laid back and quiet to the point of eeriness, with endless
stretches of road going to what seems to be nowhere.
The differences within the city however, ended with the
surroundings and did not affect the people, as I discovered when sitting down
in my seat at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium to watch the game between South Africa
and New Zealand.
These people were the South Africans I was used to, they
were loud and passionate, and although they may act differently to those
in Johannesburg, it was the same powerful noise that I was accustomed to hearing
in my home city and Tshwane.
The world will certainly be amazed at how passionate a
nation can be, and whether it is in Joburg, Cape Town or Bloemfontein, they
will feel the stadiums tremble with excitement in 2010.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com