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ANC applauds the Springboks

19 February 2008

The African National Congress would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our national rugby team, the Springboks, in receiving the 2008 Laureus World Team of the Year award.

With this prestigious award, they have once more shown that South Africa is a force to be reckoned with and that we can take on the best of what the sporting world has to offer and come out on top.

We join millions of our people in applauding the Springboks for this achievement. They carried with them the dreams and aspirations of the whole country and indeed, did not disappoint us.

The support for our national teams is an indication that sports in our country is a major transformation tool and has the ability to unite all of us. It is during these events that South Africans from all walks of life put aside their differences and stand united behind our national teams.

As we move towards the 2010 Soccer World Cup, we call upon our national soccer team to follow in the footsteps of the national rugby team and ensure that the trophy remains in South Africa.

Issued by:
African National Congress

For more information contact:
Jessie Duarte on 079 506 6756