Any excuse

Don’t expect too much this evening.

I’m utterly knackered. Emotionally, mentally and physically this week has been draining. Somnially, it’s been a complete disaster. And I’ve inhaled enough Icelandic volcanic ash to close a nation’s airspace.

Actually, that last bit wasn’t true. But the rest was gospel. And while today I have been completely out of it, having spent the day at home looking after two demanding, but hugely lovable little kids, when I have ventured towards any sort of information source, all I have heard about is flight chaos in the UK and over the counter World Cup ticket chaos in South Africa.

It’s difficult to blame anyone for the Icelandic volcanic ash issue. Even the neanderthals that were interviewed by Sky at Manchester Airport were understanding, using a softer “Ug!” rather than the more aggressive it’s-Willie-Walsh’s-fault “Ug!!” (note the extra exclamation mark) that they were voicing last week. 

The World Cup ticket debarcle is also difficult to pin on anyone. Or, rather on any one. It seems to me that at every stage of the process, each person or organisation involved failed in their duties in some way.
FIFA, whose computer system was overwhelmed – again. First National Bank with their irritating “How can we help you?” tagline, to which several thousand people can now respond: “By getting enough application forms to your bloody branches, you tossers!”; and lastly, though I hate to say it, the individuals buying the tickets themselves.

EyeWitness News was reporting that punters were angry that the cheapest (Category 4) tickets had sold out so quickly. Well, here’s some news for you – I have 24 of them and I have had for well over a year now. It wasn’t so tough – all I did was actually get my arse into gear a whole 15 months before you. No overnight queues, no fighting with the person behind me who thinks I should be behind him, no last-minute computer glitches, no issues with Cape Town games being completely sold out (shock). Not hard.

So, while I think the Local Organising Committee, FIFA & FNB have let people down – badly – it could all have been avoided if those people weren’t jumping on the bandwagon so very late on.

But I bet you haven’t learnt a thing…

Where to buy your World Cup tickets

UPDATE: Ticket availability update here.

Over the counter ticket sales for the FIFA World Cup begin at 9am on Thursday 15th April.

Both ticket bookings and ticket collection (for tickets already booked elsewhere, on the FIFA website or FNB branches), will be conducted at these outlets.
Cash, credit cards and debit cards will be accepted as tender – no cheques. Ensure you take formal ID with you (drivers licence, ID book etc).
Maximum of 10 tickets per customer transaction (either 10 for one game or any combination of games to maximum of 10 tickets)

Customers who have questions about games and tickets, or problems with tickets, can contact FIFA on the hotline number 083 123 2010, or send enquiries to enquiries@2010fwctc.co.za.
More information on tickets available at www.fifa.com/2010.

You can get your tickets at the following outlets:

OFFICAL FIFA TICKETING CENTRES:

CAPE TOWN
The Spearhead (cnr Buitengragt & Strijdom)

DURBAN
Sun Coast Casino; Marine Parade; Gateway Shopping Centre; Umhlanga Ridge

JOBURG
Sandton (cnr Rivonia & Linden); Maponya Mall (Old Potchefstroom Rd in Soweto)

BLOEMFONTEIN
Loch Logan Waterfront Mall

PORT ELIZABETH
Moffet on Main Lifestyle (cnr Man & William Moffet)

NELSPRUIT
The Grove Shopping Centre (White River Road)

POLOKWANE
Lifestyle Mall (Landrosmare & Market)

RUSTENBURG – Waterfall Mall; Augrabies Mall

TSHWANE
Brooklyn Mall (Lange & Fehrsen)

Online from 6pm on Thursday 15th April: www.fifa.com/2010 

And at these selected SHOPRITE/CHECKERS stores from Monday 19th April:

GAUTENG
Checkers Hyper Sandton
Checkers Hyper Westgate
Checkers Hyper Eastgate
Checkers Hyper Menlyn Park

RUSTENBURG
Shoprite Mogwase
Shoprite Brits

POLOKWANE
Shoprite Tzaneen

NELSPRUIT
Shoprite Nelspruit
Shoprite White River

BLOEMFONTEIN
Checkers Langenhoven Park
Shoprite Heidedal

PORT ELIZABETH
Shoprite Bethelsdorp
Shoprite Greenacres

DURBAN
Checkers Pavillion
Checkers Hillcrest
Shoprite Chatsworth

CAPE TOWN
Checkers Century City
Checkers Plumstead

58 days and counting!