Take a bow for proving the naysayers wrong

2010-06-05 11:43

We should all take a bow

for proving the naysayers wrong and getting the key elements of the World Cup

ready in good time.

Think about the stadiums, the highways and byways, the

broadcast and communications infrastructure, the hotels, motels and the

B&Bs that have sprung up all over the land.

Think

about the airports, the Gautrain, the Bus Rapid Transport system (well, ­almost),

Bafana Bafana (the boys have

moved steadily up the rankings) and, most ­importantly, ­ourselves.

We

have taken to our World Cup with an enthusiasm that must wet the most ­hardened

eye and touch the most brittle soul.

Look at the flags fluttering ­everywhere,

school children doing the ­diski dance, schools kitting out for visitors, the

sounds of new World Cup songs belting from the airwaves and the welcome mats

rolled out in true South African style.

If

intelligence has done its work, there will be no terrorist attack.

The

best news of all is that even though the numbers of foreign visitors are

nowhere near as high as ­predicted, we didn’t need them.

South

Africans have more than come to the party – buying out tickets each time they

became available.

Ticket sales are higher than they were in Germany in 2006

so there will be no empty stadiums.

We

all deserve to take a bow for the ­unrestrained joy and excitement in the air.

We

salute the musicians who insisted on a higher quotient of local talent for the ­opening

show on Thursday and the artists who have set up ­exhibitions across our ­cities

to create a ­truly cultural event.

It’s

going to be a month of great soccer, big parties and much to feast the eyes and

soul on.

Sadly,

we will live in the republic

of Fifa for the next

month as we have shackled ­ourselves to that mafia’s demands.

No doubt the Fifa

royal court will dart around our country in blue-light­ ­convoys.

We

feel for the traders pushed out of the immediate stadium precincts where ­business

will be best and for the hawkers of “fong kong” merchandise who face drawn-out

prosecutions by Fifa.

But

the legacy of the World Cup will ­overall be a positive one. The infrastructure

will last and be ours to enjoy when the ­party is over.

We

hope you will enjoy the World Cup and pray that Bafana Bafana goes places.

Ke

Nako.

Let’s show them.


 

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