June 1, 2010 12:00 AM

South Africa: On The Ball Between World Cup Matches

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Maybe it was impetuous of me to hand that money over to the young woman in Soweto. Possibly it was imprudent to slip on the harness and ride the caged industrial elevator to the top of that mural-covered utility tower turned bungee venue. Certainly it was unsettling to stand on the ledge, wind whistling in my ears and the township sprawling 300 feet below.

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