Welcome world!

2010-06-12 13:03

It is time for us as a country to open our arms and ­welcome the

world to our shores. Yes, the time has come for us to open our homes to

­strangers if need be.

We also need to open our hearts to generate warmth for our visitors

with our smiles.

The prophets of doom have been doomed themselves and rendered false

because the ­prophecy that South Africa would never be ready to host the World

Cup didn’t see the light of day.

Many people misjudged South Africa because they saw what was

happening in countries like Sudan and thought they could paint all African

countries with the same brush.

Today, the people of the world are certain about ­descending on

South Africa to experience the Fifa World Cup spectacle for the first time on

African soil.

Africa is rich and filled with the spirit of ubuntu and ­humanity.

That is why we are certain that “ke yona” World Cup will never be

comparable to any other.

The people of the South ­never fail to rise to the ­occasion.

Many in South Africa had doubts about how well the white population

would support the World Cup since soccer is perceived as a black sport much like

rugby is seen as a white sport.

But because of the World Cup, for the first time white people

flocked to Soweto to witness history in the making when the Blue Bulls raised

the coveted rugby Super 14 trophy in an all-South African final.

Driven by the spirit of the World Cup I have heard all ­people,

irrespective of racial and ethnic groups, saying “fevah, sinayo” to support

South Africa and display a ­united front.

Football Fridays have been such a success.

I have admired many cars and houses dressed in our national


Just look at the mirror-socks on cars, the flags sticking out of

car windows and the many homes decorated with our ­beautiful flag.

Every day we see South ­Africans experiencing the spirit of being

equal citizens ­committed to one cause – to protect the image of South ­Africa

and to provide the most hospitable reception for the ­people of the global


As a nation we have put aside our differences, as a nation we have

allowed ourselves to integrate with one another so that the spirit of

the World Cup is remembered by all those who will be part of this great event.

The national unity displayed by the citizenry shows that we are grateful and

pleased by the work done by our local ­organising committee under the leadership

of Danny Jordaan and Irvin Khoza.

Sport is once again proving to be a great catalyst in the drive

towards nation-building and ­ensuring that although our ­races are plural, the

fact that we are all human beings unites us as one single human family.

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