SA will be a 'house on show' for next month

With the start of the Soccer World Cup now just hours away, South Africa is looking just like a house for sale about to go on show – all polished up and freshly painted and ready for visitors.

“And, if the atmosphere at the warm-up games is anything to go by, those visitors – foreign teams and tourists alike - are going to have an absolutely wonderful time as they are treated to our famous hospitality,” says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group.

“What is more, the excitement has already spread to other parts of the world. We have just returned from our annual convention, which this year took us to France and Spain, where we witnessed the keen and growing anticipation of the event first hand.

“So there is no doubt that we will have the opportunity to show off SA to millions more people than just those who can afford to visit – rather like advertising a home for sale on the Internet.

“And as we do that, I think we should all take a moment to also reflect on how far we’ve come as a country since 1994. With all our problems and setbacks and difficulties, the fact is that we have in just 16 years become a nation that is capable of hosting the biggest event in the world, and doing it with great style and flair.”

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he says that getting the country ready for its big “show day” has also shown South Africans what great things they can achieve when they commit to the greater good – “and that’s the lesson we really need to hang on to after the final whistle has blown”.

Meanwhile, he says, locals should all do their best to “take visitors and viewers around the SA ‘show house’ with the warmth and good humour and wide welcome for which we’d like to become even more famous”.

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