Saturday 23rd January 2010
It's Saturday or more accurately Sports Day in Johannesburg. If you dont play a sport then you watch someone else playing it on DSTV or SABC or even through shop windows. Today is the one day of the week that most people feel South African - as sport unites the country, transcending race, politics or language group, and not just the male half of it. Even when you are not actively involved in sport you get caught up in the spirit of gamesmanship - especially when any of our teams win - the hooting and cheering that goes on in the street, on the roads, on every radio station gets you going. As much as we cheer when we win we get gloomy when we lose - we are bad losers!! But it is sport that has the power to heal the wounds of the past as Nelson Mandela so wisely showed us in 1995 when we won the Rugby World Cup.
I love the fact that I can find any sport I fancy in SA - apart from Rugby and Soccer, there is Golf, Swimming, Cricket, Polo, Gymnastics, Dressage, Yoga, Dance and I could go on and on. It is great to live in a country where everyone is so aware of physical exercise and health - and offcourse the weather helps - to create a country of sports fanatics.
The only sports highlight today was the opening of the new Cape Town Stadium Borefest, where twenty thousand people watched as Ajax Cape Town and Santos played out the first ever match at Cape Town's new World Cup stadium. This game served as a trial run to see whether everything worked for the World Cup in June. Apparently people were bored to near insanity in this dull 0-0 draw game.
Me I partook in my favourite sport .... I did the mall jive - a mixture between sauntering, jogging and sometimes, two-stepping, through the many shops, inspecting the merchandise on offer, trying on, and generally feeding my addiction in a three-hour shopping spree, and ending up in the hair salon for a complete hair renovation....... This is a good life....nest pa cheri???