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SPORT and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile has urged South Africans to show empathy and respect to visitors coming for the Soccer World Cup which kicks off today.
"I can no longer feel it. I can now touch it. We thank all those who supported our bid to host this tournament," Stofile said yesterday.
"Our responsibility now is to show empathy, love and respect to the world. Nothing should be spared to ensure our visitors feel warm, inside and outside," he added.
Stofile also urged South Africans to use today's sporting event as a means to forge unity among citizens as well as their fellows in Africa and the world.
"It is time to come together with the world and mingle, ask each other questions and make lasting friendships.
"Maybe some of you will end marrying a German or Brazilian person," he said, prompting laughter from the crowd.
He said the event was an opportunity to fully integrate Africa into the world.
"Feel free to debate and exchange ideas. You will surely discover how much we have in common."
United Nations special adviser for the promotion of sport and peace Wilfred Lemke said he also wished that the World Cup should be a success.