World Cup pride: schoolboys pen letters to Zuma

2010-09-23 00:00

GRADE four pupils of Cordwalles Preparatory School have written letters to President Jacob Zuma, telling him of their excitement over the achievements of 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament and to thank him personally for allowing South Africa to host it successfully.

The gesture was suggested by their teacher, Alison Kingsley, who gave the grade four class an English assignment to write letters to the president telling of their experiences and feelings about the first football World Cup tournament to be played on African soil.

Mpho Mthethwa told The Witness, “We wrote to President Jacob Zuma after the 2010 World Cup because we were proud to actually host a successful tournament.”

He said it was inspiring to see South Africans united in showing the rest of the world that they could successfully host a tournament of that magnitude.

The boys said they had learnt a lot from the World Cup and would like to see South Africa continue to apply the lessons learnt during the month-long tournament.

The Cordwalles boys all agreed that the World Cup proved that South Africa can have clean streets, beautiful infrastructure, a high level of security, unity as a nation and be a great tourist destination.

“We would like to continue with the spirit of comradeship because we all enjoyed being part of this giant family that we showed the world to be during the World Cup,” said Jared Pepworth.

Their letters encouraged the president to crack down on corruption so that young people have a prosperous country to grow up in.

The boys were grateful to the president for taking the time to acknowledge their letters.

Chad Baxter wrote in his letter, “The police were amazing at their job, the cities were cleaned up and new roads were built.”

Nishalan Govender wrote, “I think that lots of tourists will come back to SA to see our beautiful scenery, the big five and amazing beaches. I think we should keep our country like this forever.”

Langa Xaba wrote, “It did not matter that Bafana Bafana was knocked out of the competition. However, what matters is to keep the spirit of patriotism that we saw during the opening ceremony.”

Bryce Trodd wrote, “When I heard that South Africa had been knocked out of the competition, it did not stop me from waving my flag high and blowing my vuvuzela to honour South Africa for hosting the first ever football World Cup on African soil.”

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In his response letter to the boys, President Jacob Zuma said, “It is my personal pleasure to acknowledge the special letters from your grade four learners expressing their excitement about our country’s successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.”

He labelled the event a great success that had a significant impact on the country and the continent. He also said it had a great impact on international perceptions about South Africa and Africa.

“It is clear that South Africans of all races feel a greater sense of a common nationhood as the boys are stating in their letters.

“I am particularly pleased that we were able to use this historic event to highlight the campaign to achieve education for all the world’s children,” added Zuma.

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