It wasn’t only government who made the South African World Cup a success. It was the 15,000 citizens who volunteered — South Africans who experienced patriotism like they hadn’t felt in years, or maybe ever.
The camaraderie and shared experiences of ordinary citizens gave strangers a sense of belonging and left us with the realization that we are able to achieve what we set our minds to.
Positive media reports boosted our confidence and created a new self-image, one that led a South African citizen to believe, “I can make a difference”.
Following on from there, we have seen a movement for good spreading throughout the country, so much so that it has become fashionable to do good.
(READ the Op/Ed in Good News South Africa)