It’s going to be rather sad seeing the disappearance of the World Cup countdown clock. It has been such a feature on CapeInfo’s home page for over 1,000 days.
Unlike many others which are set to the day, it has been counting down to the actual start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup at 4pm South African time on June 11, 2010.
Do we remove it or reset it so it counts down to the final match? Let us know what you think.
This is the second time the CapeInfo countdown clock has been used. It was developed for CapeInfo in 1997 by Internet Solutions, for the countdown to the new millennium in 2000. So maybe we should be calling it our Millennium Clock!
Bringing it out of hibernation for the World Cup was appropriate. Because this time, the eyes of the world is on South Africa.
As the games are about to start, I keep thinking back to the landmark 1974 general elections in SA. One story that came out of that was about Rupert Lorimer, I think. He was standing for the Progressive Party in Orange Grove… I think. What I do remember was the news report that he had a huge banner covering the whole one wall of his campaign offices saying: “There is no second place.”
Well, whatever happens over the next month and whoever makes it to the finals, one hopes and trusts that South Africa will be the winner in the eyes of the world.
Yes, FW de Klerk is correct when he said the other day that “We South Africans specialise in miracles.” And it was the late Dr Anton Rupert who said, “He who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.”
So… go Bafana Bafana… go for it!