Match Day + 4

It’s been 4 days since the FIFA Football World Cup Final in South Africa, and people are wondering, even questioning, if the feelings of euphoria and patriotism that built up during the previous month or so, can be maintained going into the future.

While we bask in the intoxicating adulation of the world, for pulling off hosting such a stunning sporting event, there are many people around the world who are also wondering if this was just a one-off fluke, or whether we can sustain the levels of organization, technical prowess and national team-work that went into making it all possible.

My personal involvement in the success of the event, leaves me in no doubt that there is an indomitable spirit that binds all South Africans together, whether we want to admit it or not. There is undoubtedly a willingness amongst all the different Peoples in this country to work together to build a wonderful country.

The problem lies not with the people; it lies with the political leadership of this country. Are they prepared to abandon the path of self-enrichment that they have brazenly adopted, and work towards true unity and equitable economic empowerment for all, or continue with their selfish, divisive and destructive ways?

Maybe the question that everyone should be asking is if the South African government will allow the euphoria to continue?