The World Cup might be starting on friday but most foreign fans still haven't got much clue where they are staying and how they will get to games.
Because accommodation was initially so overpriced the majority of 'normal fans' are turning up this week with no accommodation booked. These fans are also pretty unclear just how they are going to get to the stadiums for their team's opening match.
The same applies to myself and England's first match in Rustenburg. It is only 2-3 hours from Joburg but, as I want to avoid driving, the options seem limited. Every time I try to book coach travel online the websites either crash or do not accept foreign credit cards. Accommodation, meanwhile, in Rustenburg seems to be totally booked out for the England v USA match.
Friends from several countries, who are due here in the next four days, have contacted me asking for my suggestions on where to stay and how to get to matches. After three weeks here I can't say I have much more idea than them. Looks like a case of making it up as you go along. That's how the Africans often do things so we should probably adopt the same strategy.