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An African Legacy

Rosemary Mroba Gaisie/ Radio Ghana/ Twenty Ten

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

AUDIO: Africa's legacy in the wake of the World Cup.

As South Africa celebrated with World Cup winners Spain after the final against the Netherlands, it was a historical moment. As the sun rose the next day, many South Africans were wondering if there would be more success stories to be told about Africa’s first World Cup. What legacy has the multi-billion dollar soccer fest left for the host nation and the entire continent? This is what Radio Ghana’s Rosemary Gaisie sought to find out from two of South Africa’s most eminent personalities: F. W. de Klerk, the last white President of the Republic of South Africa, and South African activist and former Cleric, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


Only a few hours after the final ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, many described the first FIFA World Cup on African soil as one of the most successful in FIFA's history. It was certainly the most profitable. What does this mean to the host country South Africa? This is what I asked of former South African President, F.W. de Klerk.


It may be interesting to note that, in spite of the praises of South Africa as a successful host of 2010 FIFA world cup, a number of people harboured fears of disappointment or failure prior to the start of the world’s soccer fiesta. Among these people was freedom activist and outspoken former cleric, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The aged but strong-looking reverend, who Mr. de Klerk refers to as the conscience of South Africa, confirms there were many apprehensions before the big event, but it all ended well.


With shouts of acclamation in the name of a successful world cup at every corner of the continent, what beholds the ordinary South African? The friendly but frankly speaking Archbishop tells me the sense of pride among South Africans and indeed all Africans, is enough of a legacy.


The accolades received by South Africa and the entire continent may sound sweet, but what signals do they send to Africa’s leadership? Former South African President de Klerk, who is the founder of Global Leadership Foundation in London, says a huge task awaits African leaders to do much better than they have done. The brain behind South Africa’s first democratic constitution, believes Africa has better days ahead, provided the needs of her people are well attended to.


Many challenges have been overcome in staging Africa's biggest ever event, now that same can-do attitude must be applied to solving South Africa's massive social problems.

While Africans across the continent cheer about the against-the odds success, the morning after brings a new range of challenges that Africans must rise to meet. This is Rosemary Gaisie reporting for Twenty Ten in Johannesburg.

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