Cup helps teach national symbols

THE Department of Arts and Culture's initiative to use the 2010 World Cup to teach South Africans about national symbols is a step in the right direction.

THE Department of Arts and Culture's initiative to use the 2010 World Cup to teach South Africans about national symbols is a step in the right direction.

Local Organising Committee chairperson Irvin Khoza said they were happy to see South Africans flying the national flag to show their support for Bafana Bafana and the World Cup.

"It is a wonderful project the government is using to teach our people about the importance of the national flag, national anthem and being Proudly South Africa.

"Friday is one of the most exciting days in South Africa because almost everybody is seen wearing the Bafana Bafana replica jerseys," Khoza said.

"We also had My 2010 School Adventure, which was a national event to get schoolchildren involved in the World Cup."

My 2010 School Adventure was a partnership between the LOC and several government departments - Arts and Culture, Basic Education and Sport and Recreation.

The Department of Arts and Culture will also be promoting and helping people identify with the national animal, the springbok, the national flower, the king protea, the national tree, the yellowwood, the national fish, the galjoen, the national bird, the blue crane plus the National Coat of Arms.

Led by Minister Lulu Xingwana and her deputy, Paul Mashatile, the department also used Africa Day celebrations to promote the World Cup.

Besides a series of music festivals at the newly refurbished Dries Niemandt Park in Kempton Park, there will also be a soccer tournament.

President Jacob Zuma will also attend the Copa Coca-Cola President's Cup on Saturday.

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