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respondents in Green Point agreed and strongly agreed with the statement “the event will be a major boost for economic development in the areas where stadiums are located”. The results show that the vast majority of residents believed that the 2010 event will result in economic opportunities at the local level.   

In addition to economic benefits, most of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statements pertaining to community benefits. Specifically, 67% in Athlone and 72% in Green Point supported the statement “the event will stimulate training and skills development for members of the community where events are held”. Seventy seven percent in Athlone and 68% in Green Point supported that statement “the community will benefit directly from the 2010 event”. Seventy one percent in both Athlone and Green Point supported that statement “the standard of living for communities located close to the stadia will increase as a result of the 2010 World Cup”. Most of the respondents therefore associate the 2010 event generally and the stadia development in areas where they reside more specifically with a wide range of community benefits. However, in terms of distribution of benefits it is important to note that 69% of the respondents in Athlone and 61% in Green Point supported that statement “only some members of the community will benefit from the 2010 event/ the 2010 event will increase social inequity”.

Almost equal proportion of respondents in Green Point supported and disagreed with the statements presented regarding the disruption of lives during the 2010 event. Forty seven percent of the respondents disagreed and strongly disagreed while 40% agreed and strongly agreed with the statement “the 2010 event will disrupt the lives of local residents and create inconvenience”. Forty two percent of the respondents disagreed and strongly disagreed while 46% agreed and strongly agreed with the statement “the 2010 event will cause traffic congestion and parking difficulties”. A similar trend was noticeable in relation to the statement “the 2010 event will create excessive noise in the community” with 40% of the respondents disagreeing and strongly disagreeing while 43% agreed and strongly agreed. In Athlone, 42% of the respondents disagreed and strongly disagreed while 43% agreed and strongly agreed with the statement “the 2010 event will disrupt the lives of local residents and create inconvenience”. Thirty five percent of the respondents disagreed and strongly disagreed with the statement “the 2010 event will cause traffic congestion and parking difficulties” while 54% agreed and strongly agreed. Thirty eight percent of the respondents disagreed and strongly disagreed while 47% agreed and strongly agreed with the statement “the 2010 event will create excessive noise in the community”. The responses indicate that slightly more respondents in Athlone supported the statements as compared to Green Point.

In both communities the majority of the respondents agreed and strongly agreed with the statements “the 2010 event will lead to increases in the price of some things such as food, transport and property values around the stadia locations” (72% in Athlone and 70% in Green Point) and “during the 2010 event period, the overall cost of living will increase around the stadia locations” (70% in Athlone and 65% in Green Point). This illustrates that the majority of the residents interviewed are concerned about the impact of the 2010 event on local prices.

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