“Come and enjoy South African food.” This was President Zuma’s message to soccer lovers during a recent television interview. “We believe that he extended this invitation to the world with pride as he is acutely aware of the proud record of the agricultural sector in South Africa as a world-class player in own right,” said Agri SA President Johannes Möller.
“The world, and especially Europe, has enjoyed exposure to South African agriculture and food exports for many years, but to come and taste it on South African soil will be the ultimate,” he said.
“If I say food, I specifically refer to meat, bread, fruit, cheese and wine. People will surely ask for “pap and vleis”, especially when they are visiting the northern regions of the country,” he added.
“Napoleon enjoyed South African wine and the world can rest assured that the quality of the product is at an even higher level now,” he said. “During the Soccer World Cup, people can familiarise themselves with many of the quality ingredients used in our world-renowned beer, such as barley, locally produced in one of the most scenic parts of the country, the Western Cape.”
According to Möller, there should be no doubt that the agricultural sector will be supporting Bafana Bafana to the fullest possible extent.
“The farming community in South Africa is well known for their hospitality and we invite our soccer guests to experience this first hand,” said Möller.
“We are proud to be part of a country, which has in the past shown that it can host a major sports event. We will do our best to once again make South Africa proud,” he added.