National Assembly: 3 June 2010
With the Fifa World Cup just seven days away
it's good to see signs of a united South Africa with one goal in
mind, which is the success of the World Cup! It's wonderful to see
the colour, song and dance of all the South African people. The
World Cup buzz has certainly affected or should I say 'infected' me,
my family and my community. It is fantastic to be able to share that
excitement with all South Africans, regardless of background, race
I find it particularly satisfying to see the
negative attitudes towards South Africa's ability to host the games
crumble one by one. We are certainly not failing!
Our achievements are amazing. South Africa
now has nine new stadia, which are of world class standard. Does
that not make you proud? I am sure it does. The construction of the
stadia has created many new jobs and has developed many new skills
in the South African labour force. This is good for the future of
It is the IFP's hope that effective
maintenance and upgrading mechanisms of all these new developments
are instituted in order to ensure that these facilities stay in tip
top condition to be enjoyed by our children, our children's children
and all following generations. If properly taken care of that could
be a tangible inheritance that we leave to them to enjoy.
The Durban Stadium with its viewing arch and
facility for bungee jumping, is an indication of futuristic thinking
of how a stadium can be utilised to its fullest capacity. The road
works around the stadiums and the cities have improved the
transport infrastructure drastically. And other facilities
constructed for people coming to the World Cup will certainly
improve the quality of the lives of South Africans once the World
Cup has ended.
This will also be an opportunity to 'sell'
South Africa to the world. For the duration of the World Cup and
hopefully beyond all we South Africans have to become South African
ambassadors by being helpful and treating people with kindness and
respect, which will hopefully encourage them to make South Africa
their next tourist destination. This will eventually be a major
boost for tourism which will help strengthen our economy. I can only
hope however that the South African Hotel Industry and certain
transport service providers have learnt the negative lesson that
comes with over-pricing their services thereby losing customers as
perceptions of exploitation arise. It's unfortunately a very
expensive lesson the whole country has to pay for. But let us hope
it will never happen again.
The stage has been set for a wonderful World
Cup and we know that Bafana Bafana will do us proud! And even though
our chances of winning on paper don't seem very high we South
Africans know what it means to struggle and come out victorious!
Their underdog status might also make other teams under estimate
their abilities. And we sitting on the sidelines have to play our
part by cheering and supporting them to victory.
But the fact of the matter is that whether
Bafana Bafana win or lose on the soccer field South Africa has won
the World Cup. We won it when we won the bid. We won it again when
we met deadlines set along the way for the success of the day. We
win it everyday as the excitement to kick off draws nearer.
And mostly we win it by making sure all our
guests feel at home with us during the World Cup.
Yes, South Africa has won the World Cup. But
we will be depending on Bafana Bafana to keep the trophy in South
This is an African World Cup, and as
Africans we have a different rhythm, a different climate and a
unique way of doing things. Let us embrace our uniqueness and make
this a proudly African World Cup
I thank you.
Mr Eric Lucas MP
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