Wednesday, June 9
It was chaos in central Johannesburg today. Wonderful, happy chaos.
Hundreds of thousands turned out in Sandton in support of Bafana Bafana. The city came to a standstill at midday as South Africans, all South Africans, spilled into the streets in a show of national unity for 'the boys'.
I grew up listening to horrific stories about apartheid. I saw images of shameless oppression of the black man. Today, taking in the happy scenes In Joburg, it was incredible to see how much this country has moved on, even if only for a few hours or for a few days.
Today, many South Africans have told me that it has been the most wonderful day in this country's history since 1994. Today, South Africa is united; united by one football team.
"We will be 49 million against 11 men on friday," they say.
What wonderful sentiment. The feeling here today has been something akin to Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
Positive electricity fills the air. A nation stands united.
Check out these amazing images.