Over the past 25 years, we have been working together as a nation to build a country that is united by the vision of where the divisions of the past can be overcome, and that we are a nation of equality, dignity and respect for human rights. And while this is still very much a work in progress, we are firmly on the path to unite, renew and transform our society. The spectre of racism, sexism, tribalism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance has on occasion taken root in our society and has blindsided us as we strive towards our national objective of creating a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous and tolerant society. But we have always come back, even when we stood at the brink of tipping over.

Last week Saturday was a triumphant day as it confirmed what we are as a nation, firm in its resolve to find unity in its diversity, as demonstrated in our national rugby team which is transforming beautifully, being presented to the world with its first black captain. We often fail to appreciate just how far we have come since that iconic moment in 1995 when a South African first held aloft the Rugby World Cup Trophy in building a society that offers equal opportunity to all regardless of race, gender or social circumstances.

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