The Africa Cup of Nations host is under pressure to demonstrate the lasting effects of years of sporting investment.
A report by Al-Jazeera has examined whether South Africa is fulfilling the legacy left by hosting major sporting events.
The country is hosting the current Africa Cup of Nations tournament, and in 2010 was the first African nation to host a football World Cup, which arguably sits alongside the Olympics as the biggest sports event in the world.
These events have seen major investment in sporting facilities and public infrastructure, with the World Cup estimated to have cost South Africa at least US $3 billion to host.
However, questions are now being asked about the lasting legacy of such an enormous investment.
Source: Al-Jazeera English