‘We have never lost hope’: PMB businesses promise to keep the flag flying high

2010-06-22 00:00

THE Nelson Mandela Foundation has called on South African individuals and businesses to raise their hopes and stand behind the national team in today’s match against France.

The foundation has urged South Africans to carry on supporting Bafana by raising the country’s flag high and by wearing the yellow and green South African colours.

In a Sunday newspaper, Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor was quoted as saying the foundation “would like to wish [Bafana Bafana] good luck for your game against France. We assure you of our unwavering support.”

Dangor added: “Despite the fact that he has curtailed his schedule so much, Mr Mandela has demonstrated his support for the team by meeting with them personally.”

The Witness has learnt that some Pietermaritzburg businesses have already made arrangements in support of Bafana Bafana.

Laurence Braithwaite of Aber­dare Power Cables told The Witness that his company has never lost hope in Bafana.

“We’ve been supporting Football Friday until today and we’ve been giving away many T-shirts and soccer balls,” Braithwaite said.

“Today we’ll be having a big screen and hotdogs for our staff members.”

Andrew Layman, CEO of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, said, “We are supporting Bafana and we are flying our flags high.”

Hulamin spokesperson Mpume Mthembu said, “We are committed to supporting our national team. We even have incentives for Football Fan of the Week.

“We will be doing what we have been doing on Football Fridays.

Willowton Oil technical director Ali Akbar Moosa said: “Unfortunately we cannot close operations because it is in the middle of the week.

“However, those who wish to be off will make the necessary arrangements.”


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