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JUST a reminder to all South Africans of what a great honour it is for us as a nation to say we are the hosts of the 2010 World Cup.
For a country that embraced democracy and freedom just 16 years ago, who would have thought that we would be given the opportunity to make our mark on the world today.
I remember the pride I felt just 15 years ago when we hosted the Rugby World Cup and won. A year later we hosted and won the Africa Cup of Nations.
Now, in June 2010, we host the biggest showpiece on earth, the Fifa World Cup - an honour I hope to share with my grandchildren one day. For 30 days the eyes of the world will be on South Africa, not only as a host, but as a nation.
With the negative reports and forecasts concerning both the event and performance of our senior national football team, Bafana Bafana, it's good to take some time out to remember what this event really means for us.
This event is not just about Fifa - it's ours. We as a nation will determine its success.
Whether you're a soccer fan or not, the enormous atmosphere and spirit of the game is bound to strike a chord with you.
We are hosting the biggest event in the world, and I want to encourage all South Africans to support our national team, be that 12th man on game day, be proud to wear our national team jersey and fly the flag high. Sing, dance and shout out your support for Bafana Bafana!
I encourage you to send your message of support to lift the team, lift their spirits and assure them that we as a country are behind them all the way and we believe that they will do well.
When the World Cup was hosted in Germany in 2006, the German national players were not at their best at the start of the event and no one would have predicted that they would make it to the semi finals. Proof that support by the host nation can inspire the team to do well.
So to all South Africans, shaya da vuvuzela.
Let's stand united as a nation as we welcome the World to our home, get behind our national team, and encourage them to do well.