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The time has arrived for South Africa to own the 2010 Fifa soccer World Cup, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.
He was addressing 50-day countdown celebrations at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley.
Zuma, who was wearing a yellow Bafana Bafana shirt, said it was time South Africans made the event their responsibility.
"As individuals and as a collective, South Africans must create the necessary conditions for the success of this event."
Zuma said the event would be the country's single greatest opportunity to showcase its diversity and potential. "We must rise and tell the story of a continent which is alive with possibilities."
He said South Africa's people would embrace people from other nations and cultures. The president said South Africa had made all the preparations for the tournament and was ready for it.
Zuma said security issues for the event had been addressed. "Additional funds of more than R1billion have been allocated for safety and security matters."
He told the crowd that the country had great confidence in Bafana Bafana. "They will indeed surprise many." - Sapa