(bet you’ve seen a lot of these *points to subject* recently, so I’m unimaginative….who cares? ;))
I just got back from an event my division organised – a “Geht zu Sud Afrika” event, in celebration of the kick off to the WC.
We had “human football” fields, we had stalls where people could buy trinkets – proceeds which are used for UNICEF’s aid/contributions in ZA – and many other events in celebration of the kick off.
The vibe here was awesome. AWESOME!!!
Met new people, networked, as people do at these events.
Some asked me if security was really an issue in ZA. And if I think we would be able to host the event successfully.
The first question was obviously in relation to what has been broadcast by the media over the past few days – conflicting images of rioting, the recent stampede vs. our tourist attractions, beautiful stadia, and Gautrain ;). And don’t forget the journo’s who were robbed (why were they not in a reputable hotel, I wonder?)
My answer to # 1 was – yes, it is not the safest country, that is why you need to be vigilant. So don’t walk around with LV bags, or Gucci sunglasses – leave them at home (as in your country) coz’ then you are just a walking advertisement…. And to # 2 (that looks bad, eh?) was a resounding…..YESSSSS!!!!
Did we not host the rugby world cup? And the cricket world cup? And don’t forget the IPL!!!
I have faith that South Africa – with warts and all – will pull this off. And my message to everyone (who can afford it) is…GO!!! Visit this beautiful country with its friendly and open people. Experience the vibe for yourself. And then we talk again
The only thing missing….
I’m not there. And I am very emo about it. Or maybe it’s the vino talking….
I think I may be homesick