Zuma: Unity key to success

2010-09-24 19:35

Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to learn from the lesson of the World Cup for national unity.

"We need to draw some lessons from the World Cup experience," said Zuma addressing thousands of people during national Heritage Day event at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday afternoon.

He said unity and cohesion amongst the different communities during the World Cup was a source of strength that could lead to greater achievement.

"We have learnt that determination and unity of purpose are recipes and ingredients of success."

Zuma said there was a need to take the lesson of the World Cup forward.

South African had also learnt that they were the best organisers and the best tourist destination in the world.

"We need to use this to encourage more visitors and more international events to our country."

Final report

Zuma said the 2010 Inter-Ministerial Committee would present its final report to Cabinet on the FIFA World Cup at the end September.

The report would enable the country to consolidate all lessons and be used to improve the quality and speed of service delivery.

President Jacob Zuma received a riveting welcome when he arrived at Moses Mabhida stadium, for the national Heritage Day event.

Thousands of people screamed when Zuma arrived, accompanied by Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana , KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize, and Durban mayor Obed Mlaba.

Three fighter jets and two army helicopters flew over the stadium immediately after Zuma's arrival.

Under the theme "Celebrating 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup Successes: Our Heritage", activities at the stadium began early on Friday morning.

The early part of the event was dominated by religious activities, with different religious groups represented by their leaders.

People were entertained by various artists and Zuma was expected to address them.

Zuma arrived slightly late because he had been at the ANC's national general council.

Clips from this year's World Cup matches were also played during the event.

Among dignitaries who attended were United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa, Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota and Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard.