From Savious Kwinika in Johannesburg
South African must maintain the unity shown
during the just-ended Rugby World Cup to address the myriad of problems
the country is facing, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.
He was speaking after the country’s national rugby side won the
international tournament in Japan on Saturday.
“Let the goodwill brought by our success at Yokohama inspire us to put
our collective shoulder to the wheel as we confront our economic,
political and social challenges together – and overcome them,” Ramaphosa
wrote on Monday.
The Springboks’ triumph came at a time the country is facing problems
such as xenophobia, racial tensions as well as economic challenges.
“At a time when South Africa is experiencing profound challenges, we
have rallied around the victory in Japan,” Ramaphosa said.
“The outpouring of support for the Springboks on the road to the final
once again showed the immense potential of sport to unite us as a
He mentioned other sports stars and teams that had previously united the
These include world athletics champion, Caster Semenya, swimming
sensation, Chad le Clos, and the netball team.
Ramaphosa also mentioned the globally-acclaimed Ndlovu Youth Choir.
“We are also united by a shared desire for a country where all can live
in peace and comfort, where all have an equal chance to achieve their
potential,” he said.
This week, South Africa hosted its second investment conference as
part of an ambitious drive to promote faster growth and create many
“As we welcome over 1 500 investors and business people to explore the
many investment opportunities in our country, let us be as united and as
determined as we were on Saturday in Japan,” Ramaphosa stated.
– CAJ News