Government's 2010 successes acknowledged

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And not everyone is happy with the politicians who are leading the country. The Democratic Alliance’s annual Cabinet ’report card’ which was released this week gave President Thabo Mbeki - and most of his Ministers - failing grades.

But there was some light for the 2010 host nation. Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile was saluted by the official opposition. The DA gave its highest rating - seven out 10 - to Stofile and Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Stofile was also commended for ending the mud-slinging over racial quotas in representative teams. The Minister, along with the Local Organising Committee and other 2010 role-players, ends the year on a high with most World Cup construction projects on track while last month’s 2010 Preliminary Draw in Durban went smoothly.

In addition, the latest opinion polls indicate that public confidence in the country’s ability to host the tournament is higher than ever before.

Seventy six percent of South Africans believe that we will be ready - that’s up 6% from the last reading, according to market research company African Response.

All indications are that public perceptions will continue to improve as the hype over this mega event grows.

The annual Reconciliation Day festivities on Sunday will carry the theme: “Reconciling towards hosting a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup”.

“It will lay the groundwork of the vibe and spirit of togetherness that should characterise the fan parks during the World Cup,” said Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan.

The World Cup continues to work its way into every fabric of our diverse and extraordinary society - just as it did in Germany last year and in Japan and South Korea in 2002.