Newspaper clipping – The Cape Times – 7 June 2010

“Massive World Cup education spin-off”

Just five days before kick-off, President Jacob Zuma and Fifa President Sepp Blatter assured the country that the first World Cup on African soil would leave a legacy of hope and serve as an impetus for a campaign to broaden access to education.

The two addressed the local and international media in Pretoria yesterday, with Zuma welcoming the world to South Africa. Handing the World Cup trophy to Blatter, Zuma announced that he would “bestow our national Order of the Companions of OR Tambo” on the Fifa boss.
“When Afro-pessimists and others expressed doubts, he consistently expressed his confidence in our ability to host a successful event,” Zuma said.

Blatter said Africa could now proudly “stand as the organizer of the biggest event in the world”.

Zuma announced that Mexican President Felipe Calderon would attend the opening this week, when South Africa would play Mexico. He joked that during their bilateral meetings, they would not discuss the score, ”for obvious reasons”.

Zuma will also host Brazil’s Lula da Silva and dozens of heads of state from the continent.

However, Zuma and Blatter emphasized that the tournament would be used as a platform to discuss the world’s education problems. Zuma will chair a 1Goal Education campaign summit on July 7, on the sidelines of the semi-final in Cape Town. “If implemented successfully, this project will enable 72 million African children who do not attend primary school currently to do so. It will be one of the most lasting legacies of the 2010 World Cup, “ Blatter said. – By Xolani Mbanjwa