World Cup not just about soccer – Zuma

2010-02-25 12:23

SOUTH Africa is not preparing to just host a soccer festival ahead

of the World Cup, it is building the country, President Jacob Zuma has

said.

“Our endeavours have put us and our abilities to the test and made

us strive toward our goals with more determination than ever before,” Zuma told

the Tourism, Sport and Mega Events summits in Johannesburg today.

“Our vision, however, was to build more than stadiums, roads and

airports. Our vision was to build our legacy as champions ... We are all geared

towards success.”

Zuma said that as the world emerged from a global economic

downturn, the time had come for the rebuilding and reigniting of the economy, as

well as the travel and tourism sectors.

However, he said Africa had “bucked” the global trend in tourism

with a 5% increase in arrivals.


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