More positivity

More positivity from big names and big sites as the South African hosting of the 2010 World Cup continues to impress people worldwide.

Shari Cohen on The Huffington Post:

To say that I have been blown away at the hospitality South Africa has shown the rest of the world would be an understatement.
If South Africa accomplishes nothing more on the playing field, it will still have won as a host country. I am a cynic, no doubt about that. And yet I have to admit, I’m a little teary just writing this because I leave for home next weekend and I will be leaving a little piece of myself here in South Africa.
I just hope I have learned enough to bring back a little piece of Ubuntu to my homeland, where perhaps with a little caring and a little water, it will take root as naturally as it does here, in the cradle of civilization.

And Mayor of London, Boris Johnson in The Telegraph:

When they look at themselves in the approving mirror of world opinion, South Africans of every race agree that the first African World Cup is a joyous success, and that success breeds confidence. The rand is rising. South Africans who left for Australia or Canada are starting to return to a country whose banking system largely escaped the recent crisis.

The sheer number of visitors – about half a million – will help to open the eyes of the world to South Africa and its potential for trade and investment; and get this – crime, the crime that has been supposed to be one of the drawbacks of living here, is down 90 per cent in central Cape Town, and there has not been a single serious incident of crime or violence in any of the fan parks.

And while we’re on the subject of things positive and South African – don’t forget that you could win yourself an 8GB iPod Nano by simply ‘liking’ Joyanne Goodenough’s photographs on the whyilovesouthafrica facebook group.

You can get the full story here, but if you don’t have time, then here are the two quick links you need.

  • Firstly, go here – the whyilovesouthafrica page – and click LIKE at the top – and then…
  • Secondly, go here – the photo (although she also has two others in the competition) – and click LIKE underneath all the tagged names (next to ‘added 22 June / comment’).

And that’s it.
So – in the spirit of Ubuntu (and with the possibility of winning that iPod) – go do it and tell your friends to do it too.

Thanks Nix & Carol

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