Speech - Min Fikile Mbalula - Paralympic team send-off - 20 August 2012

When Cameron van der Burgh emerged from the London waters during the 2012 London Olympics, he raised both his hands in a posture to show our country and the world that ‘Ke Nako’ – This is the Time. He raised both his hands to show us that this is an African century. When Chad Le Clos outmastered Michael Phelps in the swimming competition, he said ‘This is Our Time’ through his tears of joy when he won the gold medal. When our men’s lightweight rowing team reached the line to collect gold, they collectively said ‘Eli lixesha lethu madoda’. And when Brigdette Hartley won her single women kayak returning home with the bronze, she said ‘Dit is ons beurt’. When Caster Simenya was brushing her shoulders after her triumph, bringing back home a silver medal, was reminding our nation to brush off all our disappointments that we’ve endured in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and focus on the 2012 London Games and beyond.

Date
: 10 September 2012
Author
: Minister Fikile Mbalula
Year
: 2012
Volume
: 1
Publication
: Speech
Publication Page
: 5
Media Type
: Speech
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