Toast at the dinner of The Fourth Session
of the South African-German Binational Commission, Presidential
Guest House in Pretoria, 30 October 2003
Vice Chancellor Fischer,
After a hard day's work, we are pleased to be able
to relax and dine with our German friends this evening.
We have every reason to be pleased with ourselves,
given the success of this Fourth Binational Commission,
which has served to further deepen the already warm
relations between our two countries and peoples.
As said earlier today, we meet on the eve of the celebration
of the 10th anniversary of our democracy. We have many
exciting plans and dreams for our second decade of freedom.
One of these is to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
As we speak, we are hosting a FIFA delegation and we
will go all out to convince them that we have the capacity,
capability and passion to host footbal's greatest game.
I shall therefore not lose the opportunity to lobby
you as well Mr Vice Chancellor. We believe German support
is crucial in determining the outcome of the host country
for the World Cup 2010.
Germany has one vote, held by German Football Association
and FIFA Executive Member, Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder.
We want it, we need it.
Our World Cup 2010 Bid Company is working closely with
the German 2006 World Cup Organising Committee, some
of whose members are in the country today. They have
very sound relations with the German team of officials
and football community, another indication of the excellent
bilateral relations between the two countries.
We thank Germany for the support during the first decade
of our freedom, and humbly seek your continued partnership
in the second decade of consolidating our development
On another note, ladies and gentlemen, I have heard
through very reliable sources that Vice Chancellor Fischer
will be travelling to Cape Town tomorrow - for the first
Let me warn you Vice Chancellor that you will enjoy
that beautiful city so much that you will be coming
to South Africa regularly from now on!
Please allow me once again to thank the German delegation
for the constructive discussions we have had today and
for supporting South Africa in its vision for the future.
Please join me now for a toast on the excellent bilateral
relations between South Africa and Germany.
I Thank you.