100/100: reasons to be in South Africa in 2010: This place of magic we call home

“Joy is found not in finishing the journey, but in doing it,” said one Don Williams Jnr.  I have learnt a lot about myself writing these posts over the last 100 days. More importantly, I have learned things about our country I never knew before, and more reasons to believe in this fantastic nation than you could possibly count; from its geography to its people and everything in between. At the same time as asking what more there is left to say, I know there is still an endless amount of space we could fill with positivity about South Africa. We have the now operational Gautrain. We have Sony 3D fan sites. We have ten magnificent stadiums. We have the best weather. We have breathtaking sunsets.  We are hosting the 2010 World Cup. We have heart. We have soul. We have dynamism. And we have each other.

Last night, traffic came to a standstill in Johannesburg as soccer fans of all kinds (but mostly Portuguese) came out in green, red and gold for their players. Soccer greats including (but certainly not limited to) Cristiano Ronaldo took centre stage, and if a soccer-legend presence like that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will. CNN journalists do the same for me and seeing reporting-greats strut up and down the stadium stairs doing live links to world-class news channels, is another reminder that the world – and just about every pair of eyes in it – is looking at this place of magic we call home. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Today is the last chance pre World Cup to gather for the “United we Shall Stand for Bafana” campaign and come out (in Joburg) to line the streets of Sandton, Maponya Mall and Sauer Street. There’s another 23 reasons to be proudly South African right there. Our team. Moeneeb Josephs, Itumeleng Khune, Shu-Aib Walters, Siboniso Gaxa, Tsepo Masilela, Aaron Mokoena, Anele Ngcongca, Matthew Booth, Lucas Thwala, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, MacBeth Sibaya, Lance Davids, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar, Teko Modise, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Surprise Moriri, Thanduyise Khuboni, Katlego Mphela, Bernard Parker and Siyabonga Nomvethe. You hold our flag, and we are flying it with you.

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