Whether or not the World Cup will boost the South African economy, it is definitely a step forward. Although FIFA will have to get their profit from the estimated 0.5% additional to SA's GDP, there will still be a fraction of that left. No matter how small that is, it's still a plus. Even if there was no additions to the GDP, the infrastructure development due to hosting the world soccer tournament is an investment that will spare the country resources to commit to other parts of its economy, at least in the next couple of years. In addition, many people visiting SA for the first time on account of the World Cup tournament this year, may find lots of amusement which will cause them to go back there and add value to the country's tourism industry.