n Without Prejudice - Editor's note

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



There was a time when I was suddenly really proud to be South African. I remember the queue in which we gladly stood for the referendum that sounded a resounding "yes" to change. I remember the defining moment when Nelson Mandela took office as the first president of a democratic South Africa. The queues that snaked round the suburbs for the first election. The joy of a united South Africa when we hosted and won the Rugby World Cup in 1995. The image of Madiba in Francois Pienaar's number six jersey forever etched on the memories of all South Africans. Hosting the Cricket World Cup in 2003 and the precedent set by the Merchandise Marks Amendment Bill to protect sponsors from "ambush marketing". And hosting the Soccer World Cup in 2010 when sceptics said nothing would be ready. We showed the world that, as Madiba said (and we quoted in the March 2010 issue of without prejudice), we were "…ready to welcome the world. With our colourful dress, songs and dances. I can assure you 2010 will be something the world has never seen before at the World Cup Soccer".

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