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  • Private media barred from Blatter, Mugabe meeting

    By Campaigns | July 7, 2011

    Newsday, 6 July

    Journalists from the independent Press were yesterday barred from covering a meeting between visiting Fifa president Sepp Blatter and President Robert Mugabe at State House. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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    Three lions ate my shirt

    By Mark | January 24, 2011

    Mark Perryman

    Beyond the din of the vuvuzelas what was the impact of World Cup 2010?

    From the moment that Wayne Rooney put the fifth and final goal past the opposition keeper to complete England’s 5-1 defeat of Croatia – and to clinch World Cup qualification – the banter about South Africa began. Within days the Sun’s shopping list of clichés had been joined by murkier tales of spiralling murder and armed robbery rates, uncompleted stadia, the risk of catching AIDs, and the grinding poverty that would leave the local population resentful at best and vengeful at worst. This was a land where those of us who wear the three lions on our chest might just catch a glimpse of the threesome in the real world. But the wildlife, the landscape, the culture and history – as well as the not insignificant fact that South Africa had recently successfully hosted the cricket world cup, rugby world cup and the 2009 British Lions tour – earned scarcely a mention. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Statement of the African National Congress on its 99th Anniversary

    By Mark | January 10, 2011

    Statement of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress on the occasion of the 99th Anniversary of the ANC

    08 January 2011, The Presidency, Republic of South Africa

    Comrades and Compatriots,

    Today the African National Congress is 99 years old and thus enters its 100th year of its existence.

    When we celebrate our centenary in Mangaung next year, we will be celebrating the triumph of a people united in   struggle, when the masses of our people united with progressive forces across the world, to fight against an oppressive regime.

    As South Africans, Africans and humanity at large we celebrate this tremendous example of human solidarity. Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Declaration of Civil Society Conference

    By Mark | November 2, 2010

    29th October, 2010, COSATU

    Declaration of the Civil Society Conference held on 27-28 October 2010, Boksburg

    The Civil Society Conference held on 27-28 October 2010 was a historic turning point in the history of South Africa. Over 300 delegates from 56 mass-based civil society organisations, with a combined membership of millions of South Africans, came together to rebuild a strong, mass democratic movement which will work with the people and the government to tackle the massive social problems with which we are confronted. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Fifa hails South Africa World Cup

    By Info | September 28, 2010

    BBC Sport, 24 September 2010

    World football governing body Fifa has hailed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a great success.

    Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said the tournament has set a benchmark that future World Cups will be judged.

    The financial benefit to South Africa is still to be revealed but Fifa was impressed after the final board meeting of the organising committee. 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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    Xenophobia given a red card

    By Info | July 15, 2010

    IRIN News, 13 July 2010

    Xenophobic violence spiked in South Africa’s Western Cape Province as the soccer world cup ended in a blaze of fireworks, and although it appears to have subsided, the fear of further attacks against foreign nationals still lingers.

    According to media reports, “a number” of shops owned by foreign nationals in townships close to Cape Town were razed and looted on 11 July, and about 120 people sought refuge at police stations overnight but had since left, Daniella Ebeneze, of the province’s disaster management department, told IRIN. 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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