So we finally land safely at ORT and my ears happily tune in to that long awaited : ” Ladies and Gentlemen …”. I’m just happy to be home.
“…Thank you for flying South African Airways. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride. Your seat cushions can be used for flotation and in the event of an emergency water landing, please take them with our compliments. As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.”
Well it’s not quite what they say, but you know how I love to amuse myself.
The little kid in me jumping inside with excitement, pretty much like a rural kid who’s never been on a plane before. Ironically, that was not my excitement for the day, it was rather the long awaited train, that till today was my own creative imagination of what it could look like and feel like since the day they announced the commencement of this project. My stubborn little head fought against all negativity of this project’s success, and on this day, I was all too happy to celebrate yet again, South Africa’s determination and perseverance beyond all adversity.
The Gautrain is just one of this countries pride. With 10 more days to go, 8 more games to watch, we happily smile at the faces of the sceptics who uttered every negative word about Africa’s inability to manage such an event. Well feel it, it IS HERE!
Although the race is not yet over, I believe it would not be so wrong to congratulate Danny and team for their efforts and hard work thus far. And It is my belief that as a nation of this country, it remains our responsibility to keep this spirit going.