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  • South Africa – Football and Freedom, revised teacher’s pack now available

    By Mark | April 27, 2011

    Football and Freedom-  A teacher’s pack, revised version released today. South Africa’s Freedom Day.

    The pack which provides a wealth of material for teachers and students on the history, context, achievements and challenges of South Africa was first developed in time for the 2010 World Cup. Read the rest of this entry »

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    A 16-year journey to success

    By Info | July 23, 2010

    Speech by Danny Jordaan, CEO of the Fifa 2010 World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.

    Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup has helped to elevate all Africans to their rightful place on the world stage. After the delivery of this World Cup no one will ever again have the courage to argue that Africa is a “hopeless continent”.

    This has been an incredible journey of 16 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sceptics drowned out by another rainbow nation miracle

    By Info | July 12, 2010

    David Smith, Guardian, 12 July 2010

    No one died. No one was stabbed, no one was kidnapped and no one took a wrong turn into the clutches of a gang of garrotters. One American tourist did get shot – in the arm – but he wasn’t here to watch the World Cup.

    History will show that South Africa defied fears of violent chaos to host one of the best-attended World Cups ever. It has put Africa on the global sporting map in a way which seemed unthinkable only six months ago when Togo’s footballers were ambushed by machine-gun fire before the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. Afro-pessimism spiked, with a prophet of doom in the unlikely shape of then Hull City manager Phil Brown questioning whether South Africa was up to the job. Read the rest of this entry »

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    World Cup and South Africa: Celebrate and Renew Solidarity

    By Info | July 12, 2010

    This was a different, unique World Cup. It celebrated being in Africa, particularly South Africa.

    ACTSA congratulates South Africa for being such great hosts. Given the country’s history and context it was always going to be a political world cup and rightly so. It was a celebration of defeating apartheid, overcoming racism but also an acknowledgement that there are major challenges.

    The World Cup  is not a panacea to many problems that South Africa faces, creating decent jobs, education, homes for all, the HIV/AIDS pandemic to name a few. Overcoming these major challenges is vital but development is not only about these tangible things but also about the intangible ones of hope, optimism and celebrating the achievement of a common purpose. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Africa a World Cup winner despite humiliation on the pitch

    By Info | June 28, 2010

    David Smith, the Guardian, Sunday 27 June 2010

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of teams. Two weeks into the World Cup, Africa is basking in the success of organising the biggest sports event on the planet – but already conducting a postmortem into why its finest talents froze on home ground.

    Commentators have praised South Africa for defying the pessimists by staging a smoothly run tournament with a friendly atmosphere and few hiccups. They see it is a turning point for the continent, an “Africa Rising” dawn. Read the rest of this entry »

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    France v South Africa: A win to celebrate South Africa

    By Campaigns | June 22, 2010

    I am supporting South Africa in today’s match, although part of me feels that the French team needs all the support it can get. With Nicolas Anelka sent home, the team refusing to train on Sunday, resignations from within their camp and both teams needing to win today it will definitely be a great match to watch. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Support the boys, the boys this Youth Day

    By Info | June 16, 2010

    We’ve been writing for WDM’s World Cup site www.whoshouldIcheerfor.com about this evening’s match, South Africa v Uruguay.

    Today is an important day for South Africa, and not just because it’s Bafana Bafana’s second group match of the World Cup against Uruguay. The date has a significant place in the country’s history and the campaign against apartheid and is marked annually with a public holiday to celebrate ‘Youth Day’. Read the rest of this entry »

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    2010 World Cup Opening in London Trafalgar Square

    By Info | June 14, 2010

    Watch His Excellency Dr Zola, the South African High Commissioner to the UK, speaking at the World Cup opening in London Trafalgar Square on Friday 11 June.

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    South Africa, football and solidarity: An interview with Lebo Mashile

    By Info | June 9, 2010

    Lebo Mashile, a poet, actress, presenter and producer is a popular face on stage and screen in her native South Africa. A recipient of countless awards for her post-apartheid new generation poetry, Lebo continues to feature prominently on television, hosting programmes such as ‘Drawing the Line’. Lebo spoke to Tom Brigden, an intern at ACTSA, before she performed at the World Cup Diski Party on 4 June organised by Philosophy Football and supported by ACTSA. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Love football, hate poverty? Who will you cheer for in the World Cup?

    By Info | June 9, 2010

    Who are you cheering for in the World Cup? For most of us, the answer will probably be England. But what if you are Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish and your team didn’t qualify? And who do you cheer for when your team isn’t playing?

    Perhaps you’d cheer for a team that plays attractive football, like Brazil, a team that contains players from the club team that you support or, as you are reading this here – South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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