Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The KwaZulu-Natal government applauded South Africans yesterday for ensuring that last week's 2010 World Cup preliminary draw in Durban was a roaring success.
Sbu Ndebele, KwaZulu-Natal premier, said the success of the event augurs well for South Africa's preparations for the historic World Cup.
The preliminary draw, which was the first 2010 World Cup official event, saw a record 204 countries being pitted against each other.
"We are really very happy with the outcome of the draw, it was a great show that impressed all of us," said an ecstatic Ndebele.
"The cooperation we received from everybody was awesome, the enthusiasm from all sectors, including the government, civil society and media was impressive.
"We would also like to thank the 2010 Local Organising Committee. We all know that first impressions last longer.
"We have laid a solid foundation for South Africa with the success of the preliminary draw.
"The Fifa family has also expressed their happiness. You know that it is not easy to impress the Fifa family because they don't beg. They can always take the event to another country," said Ndebele.
"We all know that there were many other countries who were reportedly on stand-by in case we did not put up a good show.
"It is ordinary South Africans who made us work harder to impress the world. We hank them because we would have not been successful had it not been for them."
Ndebele said the draw had boosted the tourism industry of KwaZulu-Natal, saying the turnout by people from other provinces and countries was impressive.
"We had all our hotels in Durban fully booked as early as October, as days went on it was the same in other towns like Pietermaritzburg.