It's time for the mother of all parties
WE HAVE reached our cruising altitude; the sky is the limit.
The week to reward prestige in South Africa has arrived. The time for cheerleaders to make it known where their loyalty lies is evident.
Welcome to the world of champions. This is a week to celebrate with our legends, to encourage our youths to do more in sport and be like their heroes.
This is the moment when good family values should be on display, a moment when family members encourage each other to participate in sport and walk the Legends Carpet, with all those flashing lights and interviews on who dressed you, the future, etc.
The moment when you show your sway and swag.This is that moment when we all sit with our families to celebrate excellence in sport in our living rooms.
All youths to the playgrounds. Scouts are waiting for them.
Those scouted are showcasing their style.
This is about celebrating, this is about mixing arts and culture to celebrate the impact of sport on the national economic front - sport's contribution to the GDP - through these sports awards.
The sport economy is at play for the people of North West. This is the Razzmatazz at the Superbowl. The world is meeting in Sun City.
Our job is to make our youth rich for making our country proud. These awards are worth millions. Even though we don't have enough to thank our athletes, the little we have is our contribution to them.
We are thankful to our athletes for walking above the rest in their quest to makeSouth Africa a sporting village.
Let's showcase the swag that will belittle the rap stars who believe they have more swag than anyone else. We are singing and rapping this weekend, we are strutting our staff on the Legends Carpet. We are honouring legends.
We are celebrating the achievements of Steve Tshwete Lifetime Award winners Dr Irvin Khoza, Dr Molefi Olifant, Danny Jordaan and Ernie Els. This is beautiful. We are singing and rapping this week.
As P Diddy rapped: "Anywhere I appear, they all stop and stare. Admire your body language speakin' loud and clear, like she be waitin', anticipatin' for oh so long. Fantasising wild thoughts of me comin' on like she diggin' my style,my swag, my suede, my swerve, my way with words, the boy's absurd for sure. You can't fall til my aura called her. I make miracles like I walk on water. What you want mama, order it's on my tab I'm so bad with the cash I dropped a whole bag. Where you at girl?"
This is that moment when the song is blaring from our speakers as we call out the Minister's Excellence Award recipients Noni Tenge, Caster Semenya, Louis Oosthuizen, Steven Pienaar and Sello Rabothata.
We are about the movement, a big movement, to celebrate the success of our youths. Even the late father of the nation, Oliver Reginald Tambo, is smiling at us, saying "here I have taught my children well".
OR Tambo stated that we need to take care of our youth. They are a national resource. Like former president Nelson Mandela said, "the most precious resource for this country is its people", and we are celebrating that.
We are singing and rapping aloud, off-tune or otherwise, and the message is clear - Sunday's Night of the Stars will present the cream of the Red Carpet to the Legends Carpet, with the likes of Bokang Montjane, Sonia Sedibe, Nonhle Thema, Bonang Matheba, Sophie Ndaba, Zakes Bantwini, DJ Zinhle, Professor and international stars like Brandy, Lolo Jones, Maria Mutola, Regina King and Vivica A Fox blessing the moment.
This is a party that has never been seen before, and will be a party above the rest.
This is a party to celebrate the life of Rivonia Trialist Ntate Andrew Mlangeni, with the inaugural Andrew Mlangeni Invitational and the Andrew Mlangeni Legends Jacket, which will be bestowed on Lucas Radebe, John Smit, Aaron Mokoena, Brian Mitchell, Hazel Gumede, Makhaya Ntini, Jacques Kallis, Penny Heyns, Josia Tugwane, Steve "Kalamazoo" Mokone and Jacob Matlala.
We are rewarding role models, yes, and the real deals! Ladies and gentlemen, continue to vote for the Sports Star of the Year between Cecil Afrika, Hashim Amla, Cameron van den Berg, Noko Matlou and Charl Schwartzel.
This is not a moment where we become Frank Bruno, where he claimed that because he beat James "Buster" Douglas, it meant he defeated Mike Tyson.
We are not celebrating the "I am the man who beat the man who beat the man". I am The Man!" No! Here we celebrate the originals.
We celebrate those who tackled the problem not through someone else but by ourselves.
Ayabizw' amagama! Good luck to those who'll leave Sun City with trophies and cheques!
- The writer is minister of sport