Game for sport
Did you know?
South Africa attracted around 370 000 visitors during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
Sport in South Africa always has and always will unite people from every walk of life. Who will forget that momentous occasion in 1995 when we won the Rugby World Cup, and everyone danced with joy as we showed the world how strong we are when we unite our voices, hearts and minds.
When it comes to sport, we are passionate to the nth degree! Soccer is the most popular sport in the country, with Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates ruling the day - and the Bafana Bafana boys being demi-gods in their own right. On any weekend our soccer stadiums are full to the brim with chanting fans wooing their favourite teams.
Rugby comes a close second and the Springboks continue to do us proud, having brought home the World Cup (2007) and the Tri-Nations (2009). Stadiums like Ellis Park and Loftus Versveld are the ultimate war zones on any given Saturday afternoon when local and international teams battle between the posts.
Although cricket was once seen as a 'whites-only' sport, it is now a favourite sport with South Africans from all walks of life and day-night games are a real favourite as heroes from all cultures enthral and delight the crowds.
We do well in athletics and swimming too, the likes of Natalie du Toit and Caster Semenya showing the world not only our sporting talents, but also our tenacity of spirit. Golf is another arena in which we excel and champions like Gary Player, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen have certainly made us proud.
The sound of thousands of vuvuzelas at a soccer match, the roar of the home crowd as the Springboks beat the All-Blacks (again), the thundering applause as our cricketing heroes send the competition packing... that's the sound of being South African.