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nobel boost for challenge

By unknown | Feb 26, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Nobel Peace Committee members and Nobel Prize laureates will attend the revamped Nelson Mandela Peace Challenge in Phokeng on March 28.

Bafana Bafana take on Norway in an international friendly match that will also mark the reopening of the upgraded Royal Bafokeng Stadium which is one of the venues for the Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.

A day before the game, the Nobel Peace Committee will have a historic conference at Constitutional Hill. Soccer boss Irvin Khoza is the chief patron of the South African Peace conference.

The conference will focus on a number of issues relating to peace and harmony and the role soccer has played in achieving this.

Among other things, the conference will discuss racism, xenophobia, using soccer as a political tool to generate peace and harmony and the World Cup legacy.

"We have a huge responsibility to leave a legacy after the World Cup, and with this conference I hope we can focus and stress what we need to do in South Africa and in Africa to keep a country and continent in peace and harmony. There is no doubt that sport and soccer are playing and need to play a role in this," Khoza said.

At the launch in Sandton yesterday, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund lauded Khoza's commitment to exploring additional opportunities to ensure children were well looked after.

Sibongile Mkhabela, the fund's boss, said the revamped Nelson Mandela Challenge represented a vote of confidence in taking care of the future leaders.


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