Thousands at Harry Gwala pray for 2010

2010-05-18 00:00

HARRY Gwala Stadium was turned into a place of worship as thousands of people gathered to pray for peace, stability and prosperity for the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The prayer marked the day six years ago in May when the whole nation waited with bated breath and then celebrated as Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced that South Africa had been chosen to host the event.

The prayer was dedicated to political leaders, the SA Football Asociation, Local Organising Committee, religious bodies and the nation for their contributions and the united stand they took for the country to be awarded the World Cup.

Six years after May 15, 2004,the KZN government has embarked on a campaign aimed at using the world football showpiece to showcase “our unity, our warmth and most importantly our commitment to the concept of the rainbow nation”.

Said Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize, who is also the chairperson of the 2010 political oversight committee:“This is a prayer for unity for the people of this province and the country, and it is our prayer that 2010 brings a lasting impression for all our citizens because of what we will have achieved as a country.”

Mkhize said it is important to continue mobilising the people of KZN to ensure the momentum is sustained and singled out religious leaders as having an important role to play.

“It is the love and dignity that we give to our visitors that will make them come back to our country to invest and create a sustainable economy for our province and country at large,” the premier said.

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