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South Africa

  • Porous Borders Allow Human Trafficking to Flourish

    Jose Antonio* admits he has never been employed in the formal sector. For the past ten years, Antonio has plied his trade at Ressano Garcia, the busiest border post between South Africa and Mozambique, assisting undocumented migrants to travel across the border. "It's easy when you have enough money," says Antonio.

    Antonio is a human smuggler. Though illegal, this differs significantly from another kind of trade in human beings happening at many border posts - human trafficking. For the human smuggler, their fee-paying clients walk away after crossing the border. In the case of human trafficking, a person travelling to what they thought to be a new job or other opportunity finds themselves trapped and exploited.

    Women and girls are most vulnerable, usually forced into the sex industry. According to research by the International Organisation for Migration, some women trafficked from Mozambique are sold for as little as US$150 when they reach their destinations.

    Though Antonio is not a human trafficker, the ease with which he is able to transport people across the border from Mozambique into South Africa without proper documents shows just how porous these posts are. This comes at a time when police from both countries say they have stepped up efforts to curb illegal entry during the FIFA World Cup.

    Each day, officials from both countries patrol the extensive border attempting to deter people from going through existing fence holes, or cutting more to pass through. However, recent observations by this journalist reveal that one can easily pass through the border post itself, even during peak hours, to freely walk into South Africa and jump into taxis on the other side.

    Just for R500 each, a group of women passed through both immigration points without questions; in just a few minutes, they were in a taxi destined to Johannesburg, South Africa's hub and dreamland for many.

    This trend is especially worrisome when one considers that the United States' State Department 2009 report on Mozambique recognises that women and girls are trafficked from rural to urban areas of Mozambique, as well as to South Africa, for domestic servitude and commercial sexual exploitation. "Traffickers are typically part of small networks of Mozambican and/or South African citizens; however, the involvement of larger Chinese and Nigerian syndicates has been reported," according to the report.

    In April 2008, the Mozambican national parliament passed the final version of a comprehensive human trafficking law, which President Armando Emillio Guebuza signed into law in June of the same year. The law prescribes penalties of between 16 and 20 years' imprisonment for those recruiting or facilitating exploitation of people for the purposes of prostitution or forced labour.
    However, critics continue to view the law as not binding. Two years down the line, there have been no convictions, and there are fears that without greater teeth, perpetrators are paying scant attention to what the laws say.

    Another factor encouraging Mozambicans to turn to illegal migration methods is the hefty costs of the new biometric passport. At an equivalent of R1 000, it is out of reach of many Mozambicans. The inception of the costly new passport has pushed migration further underground, especially for the most poor. Such a high barrier to legal migration is forcing more people to go the illegal route, which can make people more at risk to human traffickers who exploit the associated vulnerabilities.

    As touts like Antonio rush through with their next client, the challenge remains for the governments of Mozambique and South Africa - not only during the time of the World Cup - to curb illegal immigration.

    This phenomenon needs leaders from both countries to find lasting solutions to curb illegal entries. This means not only addressing the ease of illegal movement, but also finding ways to empower people economically, so that they are able to find opportunities at home.

    - Fred Katerere is a freelance journalist based in Maputo. This article is part of the GL Opinion and Commentary Service, produced as part of the Red Light 2010 Campaign to say no to human trafficking. It is republished here with the permission of Gender Links: www.genderlinks.org.za.
    Author(s): 
    Fred Katerere
  • Zuma, Youth, Mark Youth Day

    President Jacob Zuma has praised the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) for its work in improving the lives of young people, but remained baffled by people who torched public buildings to complain about services.

    Speaking during this year’s Youth Day commemoration in Thulamahashe, Mpumalanga, Zuma pointed out that, “It is still baffling as to why someone would torch down a clinic because they do not have a school or destroy a library because the water taps have run dry."

    Regarding the NYDA, Zuma argued that the country is making progress towards addressing youth issues through the NDYA. He said the one-year old NDYA helped create more than 30 000 jobs, issued more than 4 000 business support vouchers, and had helped improve access of the youth to funds.

    To read the article titled, “Zuma marks Youth Day,” click here.
    Source: 
    Independent Online
  • NGOs, COSATU, Criticise AIDS Funding Cuts

    Now is not the time to cut funding for HIV/AIDS. This is the message from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and the World Aids Campaign.

    These organisations, together with Section27 and the Children's Rights Centre, among others, will be holding a march in Sandton on 17 June to the United States consulate, where they will hand over a memorandum calling on the US to reverse cuts on funding for HIV treatment.

    TAC secretary general, Vuyiseka Dubula, explained that while they are celebrating the milestones of one million people in South Africa receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS, and five million people receiving treatment around the world, there are still 10-million in need of treatment. Dubula stated that this is why they are targeting the FIFA World Cup, when the world is focused on South Africa.

    To read the article titled, “Warning against cuts in AIDS funding,” click here.
    Source: 
    Mail&Guardian
  • And With A Smile

    And with a smile
    says our young lion
    (he reduced to page
    5
    asour F-show comes first)

    And with a smile
    volunteers faithful
    to the party’s
    cause
    will serve the people

    And with a smile
    membersshould get
    priority in the food queue
    over you the sweaty masses
    (their patriotism comes
    first)

    Not girlfriends of
    officials
    (a little bit on their
    side)
    companions, friends even
    the odd missionary too
    well-connected in
    correctness

    And with a smile
    giving volunteer
    work
    a bad namein his name
    his organization’s
    too

    And with a smile
    unlike party
    loyalists
    whose unsmiling
    girlfriends
    expect to be
    freed from poverty
    by a tender or two their way

    Feel it, already it is here
    me-first in the party name
    service delivery to the
    people
    taking every advantage
    that the spotlight
    right now
    is on
    another type of ball

    In our
    F-delirium, the ANC Youth League’s Julius Malema makes it only to page 5 of the Cape Times (Monday, June 7 2010), unashamedly telling us that “ANC members must get priority for government jobs”.

    - David Kapp, david_kapp@yahoo.com
  • Africa’s Peacemaker? Lessons from South African Conflict Mediation

    South Africa has done much in the 15 years since the fall of apartheid to establish its leadership on the continent. It has been a constant architect of Africa’s new peace and security architecture and an advocate of new diplomatic norms. Whether South Africa has succeeded in meeting its goals as Africa’s mediator and the ambitious aspirations shared by African heads of state and intellectuals following its transition to democracy is debatable.

    ‘Africa’s Peacemaker? Lessons from South African Conflict Mediation’ draws lessons for African conflict mediation from the experiences of its foremost practitioner, South Africa, in four of the continent’s most complex theatres: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sudan, focussing on the Mbeki years (1999–2008), but also examining the possibilities arising from Jacob Zuma’s leadership of the country. The standpoints come from a variety of experts in the field, from practitioners to academics, and the diverse perspectives and voices throw light on both South Africa’s successes and weaknesses in its role in the African Renaissance.

    For more information, click here.
  • Governance Practices of National Non-Profit Bodies and National Networking Organisations in South Africa

    The Department of Social Development treats this report as a starting point in addressing the capacity needs of NPOs in South Africa. The report may be used as a tool to encourage and entrench good governance practices in the sector, not only to enhance functional ability, but also to meet the diverse service delivery needs of broader South African communities. The report recommends that government should work in partnership with the non-profit sector on a joint campaign to mobilise individuals in civil society and the private sector to offer their skills, experience and resources through service on NPO boards.

    For more information, click here (PDF).
  • NGO Support Messages for Bafana Bafana

    South African NGOs have expressed their support and encouragement for the national soccer team, Bafana Bafana, ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

    They have also wished the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and other relevant stakeholders a successful hosting of this historical soccer showpiece, which takes place for the first time on the African continent since inception in 1930.

    To view the NGO support messages for Bafana Bafana, click here

    If you would like your NGO’s message to be added to the list, please forward it to info@sangonet.org.za (no more than 50 words / logo optional).








  • World Cup: NGO Support Messages for Bafana Bafana

    The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup presents all South Africans with an opportunity to showcase our country to the rest of the world.

    It is also an opportunity to unite behind our team, Bafana Bafana, and with the support of millions of vuvuzelas, take on the best teams in the world.

    South African NGOs are in full support of Bafana Bafana and the successful hosting of the World Cup. See the various "NGO messages of support" listed below.

    If you would like to add your NGO's message to the list, please forward it to info@sangonet.org.za (no more than 50 words).

    Let's show our "NGO support" for our team and country!!!
    Organisation Messages of Support
    The Mvula Trust, South Africa’s leading water and sanitation NGO, joins the millions of South Africans supporting Bafana Bafana in their bid to raise the World Cup. May the Boys do us proud and inspire all of us to realize what is possible in South Africa.
    May the winds be at your back and a hurricane overcome your opposition. May the goals you score amaze the world. Stand up to be counted and make us proud. All of our prayers are with you.
      Play the game with pride and respect. Our older persons, many of them former soccer players, will be watching and cheering you
    Madiba recently met the Bafana Bafana squad and gave them his blessing. This World Cup is truly a moment of unity and pride and we wish Bafana Bafana well in their opening match and throughout the tournament. With the thunder of vuvuzelas behind you, you’re sure to do us proud!
    The SANGONeT team wishes Bafana Bafana the very best for the World Cup. We are all behind you. Make us proud! 
      Make young people in South Africa proud as you strive for Gold!
    Sports provide much needed opportunities for integration and social cohesion. Let the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup be a milestone for sports development in South Africa and contribute to building peace, goodwill and prosperity in our country.
     
    Lets make this the best World Cup ever, and support Bafana. Umcebo Trust and all its supporters would like to send our support to Bafana and the Local Organising Committee. We want everyone to be behind our team, and those who have brought this amazing event to the country. We have had special t-shirts printed, and our staff will be wearing these for the duration of the event, in our uShaka Store, to show our support. Do your best Bafana and South Africa. You are in our thoughts and prayers every step of the way, and that is all we can ask of you.
      Bafana Bafana. The young and strong! We are already proud of you, and we are sure we will be even more proud on 11 July! We are behind you all the way.
      The Hopes of a nation are always pinned on the few. Do not let the small-mindedness of others make you small minded – there are many who wish and will you to reach for the World!
    The Ashoka Southern Africa team would like to wish Bafana Bafana the best of luck during the 2010 World Cup. You have proven yourselves and have made your country proud! Here’s to a safe and enjoyable Soccer World Cup. www.ashoka.org
    The Centre for Policy Studies sends best wishes to our National Soccer Team, Bafana-Bafana. We call on the team and coach Carlos Alberto Parreira to make our country Proud and turn the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup into a moment of glory for the nation.

    Hosting an excellent event is a great way to unite the country. Once we're united, we can work together to change our country for good. We, at forgood, would love to see that happen, so good luck boys, make us proud and surprise us all!
      Whale Mark wishes you the very best because you deserve it! From humble beginnings you have become the sparkle and hope for all sports facing hurdles to reach the top of your game and you have done it “already,even before you play the first match” Good luck and win the Cup!
    Langa KwaNobuhle SHARE Good luck Bafana Bafana. Play as if this is your last game. The SHARE staff and board wishes you the best and expect a great game form you.
    From everyone at GOLD Peer Education, our staff, facilitators and GOLD Peer Educators, who are working so hard in their communities to confront the root causes of HIV, we wish you all the best for the World Cup. It’s not only how you play, but how you live and role model positive behaviour, that will inspire our youth and our nation.  Make us proud! Go Bafana Bafana.
    South Africa wishes Bafana Bafana very successful play. We will be behind you every kick of the way! We wish that you will also think about the thousands of underprivileged children who could, with a little help, also become great sports players.
    All the best - play well!  No matter what happens, we are behind you! From ACAT -  food, faith and work for Africa.
    Make us proud Bafana Bafana as you play with Common Purpose during World Cup 2010!
    Enjoy every moment and know that you are an inspiration and example to the children of South Africa. We will be cheering you all the way! Go Bafana Bafana!
    Everyone at Siyakhula Trust wishes Bafana Bafana all the best for the World Cup. We are behind you all the way.  Do us proud!
    Go Bafana Bafana! We are rooting for you, and we’re holding our Awesome Rainbow Day during the opening match so we can get as many people as possible in the Overstrand to paint the SA flag on their faces. We’re behind you all the way!
    The 2010 Soccer World Cup is upon us, in every town across this land and it is an incredible achievement that we have pulled this off. The rest of the tournament will be as much a spectacle as anything else on the planet and for a few weeks, every eye in the  world will be fixed on Mzansi, its people and of course Bafana Bafana.

    What we are doing here in Mzansi has never been done anywhere in the world – we are leaders, even if we do not get it right all the time, we are making progress and we are behind our team, even if they are not prefect all the time – they are our boys, our Bafana Bafana. So, ma gents, go into your games knowing that we are with you as you do your bit to make this great social experiment come to life, for a better life for all of us!

    Phambili Bafana!
    The South African National Council for the Blind is proud to support Bafana Bafana as they are an inspiration to us. We believe that Bafana Bafana can do it! We learned the Diski Dance, put up our flags, and have hope - May Bafana Bafana be the pride of Africa!
    Anything can change, anytime, in any manner.  The whole world is a field of all probabilities and possibilities.'-His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
    The soccer field is your's Bafana Bafana-so delightfully showcase your possibilities to the world with the collective consciousness of the people
    of South Africa behind you.
    The South African Institute for Advancement is proud to wish our National Team everything of the best during the Soccer World Cup. May you advance and make us all proud!
    Viva Bafana Bafana Viva!  We know you will make us proud!  Everyone at CAF Southern Africa will be on your side on Friday and in all your other games.  Viva Bafana Bafana Viva!
    We wish you everything of the best at the World Cup. We are behind you all the way. Make us proud! Maak ons trots! Senzeni siziqhenya ngani! Siyaziqhayisa ngani! Re e Kgantsha ka lona!
    We’re 100 percent behind! “We salute our sporting heroes. Your successes continue to inspire the youth of South Africa. 25,000 JAG children will be cheering you all the way! Create the change!” from the JAG Foundation
    We wish BAFANA BAFANA the best for the World Cup. Remember MADIBA’s words:  ‘The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall’. Our spirit will lift you.  Ayoba! Viva Bafana!
    We wish Bafana Bafana all the best, we know they are going to make us proud as they have done already. We are behind you all the way. Niyabasaba Na! Hayi Asibasabi Sizakubaqeda. This is our cup.
    The Izzi Trust would like to thank SAFA & Bafana Bafana for bringing a country together not matter colour,religion or level of education.Education is key and wc2010 has educated children & adults alike what it is to be a team! We are proudly South African!
    You have come this far, now go all the way. Eastern Cape Communication Forum (ECCF) which strengthens small local media in the Eastern Cape is behind you through and through. Go Bafana Bafana go! Our team in East London will be blowing Vuvuzelas and dancing the Diski whilst you are making us proud. Ukwanda kwaliwa ngumthakathi

    Nomawethu Sbukwana, Aniela Batschari, Andrea Dobinsky & Musa Sebugwawo
    We wish Bafana Bafana the very best for all their games during the World Cup. “Many young people look up to sports heroes like Bafana Bafana for their passion, commitment and hard work,” says loveLife CEO Grace Matlhape. “These qualities will stand them in good stead during the tournament - and are an inspiration to young South Africans, on and off the field.” We are standing behind you every step of the way, Bafana Bafana, as you Make YOUR Move to take on the world! 
    Make us proud Bafana Bafana!

    As an NGO working with our region’s governments to develop transfrontier conservation areas, we have been looking forward to this day since it was first announced. Thank you for bringing the Soccer World Cup to Africa and may you bring the Cup home as well!!
    We would like to send our best wishes to the Bafana Bafana Team. You have already done South Africa proud in the outstanding preparation to the 2010 World Cup. Strive for excellence at all times and just be the best team you can be.

    We will be watching your progress and cheering for you!
    We would like to wish Bafana Bafana all the best for the world cup. We do not expect miracles from you guys for we know that you will do your best to make the country proud!
    Make us proud.
    Epilepsy South Africa hopes that Bafana Bafana reaches their full potential in the 2010 World Cup.  We know you will make South Africa proud. We will cheer each challenge you face. Join our challenge as assist people with epilepsy to change obstacles into true potential!
    SHARE Adult Learning Centre We wish Bafana Bafana much success during the
    World Cup and that they can demonstrate to the world the qualities of all South Africans.
    Bafana Bafana.  We wish you all the INNOVATIVE success Go Show Them.
    To our guys,Thank you for Restoring Hope.
    West Coast Community Foundation is proud to say that our staff, board and all our grantees are supporting our South African team.  We wish you the best of luck.  Know  that the West Coast will cheer for you till the end! Every time you hear the sound of a vuvuzela imagine that it is us cheering for you!

    May you make us proud boys! Go Bafana Bafana!!!
    Ndlovu Care Group Organisation The unifying factor of our life time. The greatest warriors of the Rainbow nation. The great 23 man carrying the hopes of the 46million people. Go
    Bafana Bafana and show them what are made of.
    The staff at Development Action Group would like to wish you best of luck for all your games. Boys, go out there and do our country proud! Make the circle bigger and “show dem”.  We are 100% behind you. Go for gold! Ladumma!    
    Bafana Bafana…The World Wide Fund for Nature is right behind you – our vuvuzelas are warmed up and we will be shouting for you all the way! History has shown that nothing is impossible for this country.
      We wish you well Bafana Bafana! And here’s a toast to SA for hosting the (most successful) World Cup ever!
    the Gujarati Hindu Sanskruti Kendra wishes the Bafana Bafana team every success.We are behind you all the way !! Go Bafana  Go !!
    We Salute Bafana Bafana for taking the country forward in building a culture of human rights, filled with the spirit of “Ubuntu”, peace, love, reconciliation and our “Proudly South African Brand” for all on the South African Soil and beyond. It is through you that South Africa will showcase its beautiful society based on the principles of human dignity, equality and freedom, right through the celebration of this historical world tournament to the end. We can’t wait to watch you on Friday 11 June 2010 when you will be making us Proud wearing our National Colours and observing a moment of victory during this Historical Occasion. Our country Flags will cover the whole country in expression of excitement and great appreciation of the World Cup! Our government has shown the ability and capacity to curb delinquency and to keep all safe during the Soccer World Cup, to enjoy all organised events with pride, great security and protection for vulnerable people of our society including our elderly, women, children and people with disabilities.  This is remarkable and we know that this is the beginning of the many successful stories to come in this country and continent as a whole.

    We wish you a successful competition and we are behind you in making South Africa proud. The fruits of this tournament have mile stone benefits to our country to rip now and for future generations!

    Hala Halala, Ke Nako Bafana Bafana
    On behalf of the Management and staff of Operation Hunger we salute you….. Bafana Bafana, what an amazing opportunity for you and South Africa…. May you embrace each moment and may everyone have wonderful memories of    Bafana Bafana and South Africa long after the World Cup is over..

    African democracy institute Idasa welcomes the world to Africa to see for themselves the beauty and strength of our country and continent, and the culture and diversity we are so proud of. We wish our team well and back them all the way. Idasa joins all South Africans in celebrating this opportunity for our country to prove itself and take its place on the international stage.

    CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa, whom has received valued financial support from the Bafana Bafana team members, aims to” Keeping more than hope alive”. We are confident that Bafana Bafana will do everything possible to keep the Nation’s hope in them more than alive by not only reaching the World Cup Finals but winning and lifting yet another international trophy.

    We are fully behind our National Soccer Team.
    Sisters4sisters would like to take this opportunity to wish Bafana Bafana every success. You are in our prayers.
    FAMW-SA We wish Bafana Bafana a sterling performance during the World Cup. May the team have the best physical and mental prowess to conquer the all time greats during this spectacular event, the first ever on African soil. Isikhathi sesifikile!
    Winning starts with a vision of what is possible and makes it a reality. South Africa is a winning nation. Now is our time on the world stage, may it be a victorious celebration of the human spirit.  Ke Nako! It’s our turn in Africa!  To Bafana, ‘Go, boys! SAIDE wishes South Africans a successful and exciting hosting of the World Cup.
    As we celebrate this momentous, uniting and historical moment in the history of Africa; the Soccer World Cup, I wish Bafana Bafana and all the other African teams success. May they be reminded that the real winners in sports are those who know how to enjoy the moment, give their best and persevere, irrespective of whether they win or lose a game. As an African proverb goes, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors”, I wish to reiterate that the experience of this World Cup will indeed build their resilience, sharpen their sportsmanship and indeed make them skillful sailors in sport and beyond.
    ECNGOC supporting Bafana –Bafana 100%

    Soccer in South Africa is not just a sport, but a unifying activity for our nation, healing the injustices of the past. Bafana, your role in the tournament has deeper social transformation consequences; this is why the nation is behind you. We know you are going to make us proud.
    Afesis-corplan wishes Bafana Bafana the very best as the team embarks on the 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign. We would be happiest if Bafana Bafana or any of the six African teams end up lifting the trophy but we will be equally happy to see them participate whole-heartedly, fearlessly and with a positive attitude. Godspeed, our boys!
    Thank you for helping to further build our country with your commitment, drive and determination to succeed as the World's No 1 Soccer Team. This is a tremendous inspiration and example to the Youth and People of South Africa. We as an NGO support and development preschools and schools and parents to become schools and people of excellence in the Port Elizabeth area and are Proud to be aligned with a Team like you. We take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful, blessed and successful round at the World Cup!
    Starfish Greathearts Foundation has a VERY GREAT HEART full of love and support for Bafana Bafana and South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. We along with the thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children we support salute the national team and know you will make us proud!
    When the first whistle blows, we’ll have no concerns because we know you prepared well.  When the last whistle blows, we’ll be ecstatic because we know you’ve done your best.  Show them what South Africans are made of and how resilient we are as a nation. Walk tall Bafana, we’re behind you!!!
    Play with pride and with all your heart.  May you out score, out class and out play your opponents. May all your hard work and dedication be rewarded. Enjoy each moment of this occasion. We are united in our support of you.
    We are ‘Proudly South African’! Congratulations to all South Africans who didn’t doubt that we’d be ready for the World Cup;  to all South Africans who have united behind our companies, our state entities, our Local Organising Committee, for believing that in South Africa all good things are possible. Now it is time to unite behind our footballers – viva Bafana   Bafana, viva!
    We are pleased to share our supporting message for Bafana Bafana and Africa as a whole  which says.. “Africa Wins... Every time You Prevent HIV”.
    This World Cup event has united our beautiful Rainbow Nation! From the National Council for Persons with Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA), we are united as one behind you and we are cheering you on with wheelchairs, crutches, hearing aids, hope and love and we pray that this international event will also unite all persons with disabilities and the rest of our nation even further. Enjoy this event and we know that you will make us, the people with disabilities in SA proud!
    On this truly historic day in the history of sports development in South Africa and across the African continent, the Helen Suzman Foundation wishes Bafana Bafana all the best in their endeavor to hoist the World Cup in triumph and make South Africa proud. Enjoy the experience. 
    Make us proud by bringing it home. This is our chance. Give it your best.
    Bafana Bafana nithwele amathemba ezwe lethu, sethemba ukuthi nizosibeka endaweni engcono emhlabeni wonke. Sonke nemindeni yethu siyanisaphotha futhi siyathemba nizokwenza okusemandleni enu ukusijabulisa futhi siziqhenye ngani.  UOperation Upgrade of South Africa unifisela impumelelo.  We brim with excitement and pride and hold our collective breaths as you take on the world. You carry aloft your shoulders a nation’s hopes and dreams and we are certain that with determination, perseverance and  patience you will achieve and exemplify the African spirit.




    Other messages of support received:

    Be brave, be bold, be confident - Bafana-Bafana you can still make it happen. Do it for your country! Ann Bown, Charisma Communications cc.

    Bafana Bafana, you are the pride of our land, South Africa, your light will shine to all. You have already shown the world what you are made of. You prepared for these games with pride and courage, Now this is the time for you to shine to the whole world. Clayton Marange, Harare, Zimbabwe.

    Bafana!Bafana…this is an African cause…”Cry the beloved vuvuzela” …from the Cape to Cairo the echo of victory shall be heard!!! Judia Masina, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

    Viva Bafana Bafana Viva. I wish you and the people of South Africa triumph at the prominent Fifa Soccer World Cup Finals. Hold high the golden trophy for victory is already Africa’s. Viva Bafana Bafana. Kinester Mutero, Zimbabwe.

    I believe I speak on behalf of many fellow Zimbabweans as I say to Bafana Bafana – “what ever the outcome ...we are proud of your our brothers, raise your flag high, and play from the heart...for Africa” Ivy Chanakira, Harare, Zimbabwe.

    You are like Excalibur, the great and mighty sword that never lost any battle. You have been given the platform to show the world what Africa is made of. Here is a good luck note from a Zimbabwean lady who is wishing all the best. I salute you. Rumbidzai Zimvumi, Harare, Zimbabwe.

    Bafana Bafana 2010, Its historic! Remember it is an African World Cup and belongs to Africa. Go Bafana Bafana. You can win it. It is very possible!!!! Charles Masunungure, Harare, Zimbabwe.

    Congratulations on hosting the tournament. Play fair and do it the South African way. Make Africa proud by seizing the opportunity to keep the World Cup in Africa. Ishe Komborera Africa. Ziyanai Shiripinda, London, United Kingdom.

    As a sister member of this sight, I say GOOD LUCK to my brothers in advance for the coming big event!! You will conquer and win, take the World cup home boys!!!!! All the best. liz Rugara, United Kingdom.
  • Godfrey Maringira

    Job title: 
    External Consultant
    Organisation: 
    Consultancy Africa Intelligence’s Gender Issues Unit
    Email: 
    gender [dot] issues [at] consultancyafrica [dot] com
  • Phumzile Nteyi

    Job title: 
    Provincial Manager
    Organisation: 
    Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa
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