Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
AS CERTAIN as night follows day, doubting Thomases need not torture themselves any longer by putting their fingers in their own wounds in order to prove whether the Fifa World Cup is really here, as that is as axiomatic as the sun rising from the east.
The palpable senses of global good feel that envelope our country is evidence enough that the World Cup is here. Those that overtly feel it, never fail to shout.
The music, singing, dancing, the splendor of a floating flock of flags that grace our skies, vehicles and buildings; and the beautiful noise - never mind the tuneless vuvuzela for which my abstention is public knowledge - all add up to a sum total of excitement that can only find apt description in legendary arty jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong's rendition of the song What A Wonderful World.
The anxious count for the games to begin - to add spice to the cheer of this wonderful world - now stands two days away. Lose no patience for the two remaining days, and you will find Friday just as good and patiently waiting to savour the ultimate moment you have been waiting for in order to proclaim: "I was there."
Make sure you are there not through foul means but fair ones. Relish the moment, from the very first whistle to the last and everything beyond the games, to affirm Armstrong's song of a wonderful world. To make this moment magical, give a helping hand to the elderly until they have settled to sit back and enjoy the benefits of being a historical part of it.
To similarly make this moment special for children, the musical genius of Stevie Wonder comes to mind with instructive words that should be taken to heart by all who care: "If it's special, then with it, why aren't we as careful; as making sure we dress in style, posing pictures with a smile, keeping danger from a child."
If these be not vague words then reckon with the power of a Champion for Children's Campaign, spearheaded by the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and calling for the safety, protection and care of children during and beyond the 2010 World Cup.
That would be a legacy born out of former president Nelson Mandela's wish "to make the world familiar with the smiles of children rather than their tears".
Can it be done? Yes, I believe it can. It is not by accident that South Africa has come to be known as a land of possibilities.
The Gautrain, once thought to be impossible, is now on the ground and rails zigzagging through our city's suburbs to minister public transport needs.
When Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced on May 15 2004 that SA had won the bid to host the 2010 World Cup, it seemed impossible the country would reciprocate the honour with stadia that are today finished and ready for play.
Again, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund is saying to SA, Africa and the world that the dream to build a specialist children's hospital is not impossible to achieve. Living that dream will surely add joy inside Madiba's tears.
Remember, there was no money for Gautrain and 2010 stadiums but with vision and proven need, money was found for the Gautrain and 2010 stadiums to be manifest in our midst.
As SA's acclaimed adopted son, do I hear Blatter declaring that it is not impossible to build the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital?
While awaiting Blatter's answer, enjoy the games by laughing doubting Thomases out of your lives and by dancing your tormentors out of your dreams.