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Eviction of poor residents has been less than expected in the run-up to the World Cup in South Africa, but the urban poor have nonetheless seen little economic benefit from the event. Benjamin Bradlow writes that the problems facing them will endure long after the World Cup legacy without greater effort by both government and civil society actors.

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