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TThe ground is shaking, your heart is fluttering, you can barely think straight and there’s noise coming from every angle. The atmosphere is electrifying. It feels like every nerve in your body is on fire. It’s an adrenaline rush like you’ve never felt before.
You’re at Ellis Park (now known as the Emirates Airline Park) to witness a cliff-hanging match between the South African national rugby team, the Springboks, and New Zealand’s All Blacks in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
South Africa has just broken free from the shackles of apartheid – during which, sport was used as a major tool for resistance against the system of racial segregation.
SSo now in front of you is the first major sporting event in the country, following South Africa’s exclusion from the international stage in most sporting codes including cricket, rugby and football. These sanctions served the purpose of both highlighting the unjust system in the country at the time and of applying pressure on the National Party to abolish apartheid.