'Anything is possible'

2010-07-05 07:53
Dear Editor,

I wish to see the faces of those who said that this country would never be able to host such a magnificent tournament. They have probably swallowed their words, bought a Bafana Bafana t-shirt and even attended a few matches themselves after realising that South Africa had no space for their negativity.

This World Cup has proven to many of our international friends that us South Africans can make anything possible.

I was fortunate enough to attend one of the Bafana matches and I have never seen this country united in my life. There I was sitting there in this stunning stadium with the sound of the vuvuzela being blown to my ear. Yes it is loud, but indeed it is a beautiful African sound.

Seeing South Africans of all races wearing their yellow shirts or those who painted their faces with the South African flag, it gave me goosebumps and made the hair behind my ears stand up and truly, I was proud to be South African.

It felt as if we put everything behind us. I mean, I was sitting next to someone who if I saw in the middle of the road at night I'd fear but at the stadium he was my friend. In the shuttle buses and taxis, we probably had people who swore that they would never climb public transport but that changed. Or those who said they hate vuvuzelas but after their experience they were ones who blew them the most.

As South Africans we have got a lot to be proud of. We have got new stadiums, roads, the Gautrain and more. But one thing we ought to be proud of is that we united, and that is enough for us.

We have seen our future and it’s a good one. We have slapped the critics in the face.

South Africa will never be the same ever again, let’s love our country and our fellow brothers and sisters. YES, our brothers and sisters.

We were there.

Bongi Mabuza

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