South Africans should give themselves a pat on the back. The 2010 World Cup was a magnificent spectacle that brought joy to everyone, young and old.
The organisers did their work superbly and the whole country entered into the spirit of the game with a frenzy we have not experienced since we became a true democracy.
People sported soccer T-shirts and flags and the vuvuzela shouted our joy for the whole world to hear.
The police were highly visible in the streets and crime noticeably dropped while everyone enjoyed first rate soccer.
Surely it should not be difficult or expensive for the police to maintain the level of service they gave the people during this period.
We hope that Minister Nathi Mthethwa does not relax after this week but carries on to root out the criminals who make our lives a misery. It is obvious that more police on the streets deters these scavengers who prey on their own kind.
South Africa has also learnt valuable lessons about the sheer joy that unity of purpose can give.
Now that the 67 minutes of charity on Mandela Day is on us, we should carry that World Cup spirit through to others. The vuvuzelas should sound as we prepare to make a difference in the lives of the poor and vulnerable.
We should extend a hand to all South Africans with goodwill to ensure that they realise and feel that they are part of a new social order.
We should build on this feeling and forever let go of the poppy syndrome.