On 12 July 2020, CACS and the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), in collaboration with the UJ Library, hosted a zoom webinar on ‘Nelson Mandela’s Soccer Diplomacy’. The keynote speaker was the Hon. Mr. Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture.

The other speakers were Dr Danny Jordaan, President of the South African Football Association (SAFA); Neil Tovey, former captain of Bafana Bafana; the African soccer journalist Coudjoe Amankwaa; Gary Rathbone, General Manager of SABC Sport; and the researcher David Maimela. The webinar was hosted by Mpho Tsedu of the IFA.

Against the background of Mandela Month, and the tenth anniversary of South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Minister and leading figures in South African soccer examined the role  of the ‘beautiful game’ in South African foreign policy.

To watch the video of this event, click here.