If you were at the Tri Nations game last week Saturday you probably flew a flag. If you did fly a flag you were part of a successful world record attempt.
South Africans smashed the previous record of flags flown at one time which stood at 6 600. The auditors are apparently still working like crazy to get the final numbers in but they are projecting close to 90 000 flags were flown at the South Africa vs New Zealand game at the FNB Stadium.
Free flags were handed out at the FNB Stadium and auditors believe the final number was in the region of 90,000. The previous record was 6,600.
Deputy MD of Draft FCB, Heidi Nelson, said they were just waiting for the final official confirmation.
“We just need the auditing process to happen with Guinness and for them to actually issue out with the certificate that says we have claimed the record but for all intents and purposes, South Africans did us proud on Saturday and we have broken the record,” she said.
*UPDATE: Tinus chimed in and kindly sent through the official image being used to verify the record. Here’s a snippet:
I have been asked to comment on the strikes taking place in South Africa. Obviously it’s relevant for the “SA Rocks guy” to have an opinion on something this controversial in SA right now.
I’ll give it my best go.
I think that teachers, doctors and nurses deserve to be paid a wage that reflects their value to the community and legally if they feel they are not being paid sufficiently they have the right to strike.
In my head striking involves a lack of action or inaction. A conscious decision to NOT work. Not to work at destroying structures, people, businesses and potential killing patients and babies at hospitals. This is inexcusable.
There is no problem with not going to work. There is a problem when you prevent people from entering hospitals, when you raid operating theaters and abandon other peoples children when you are responsible for their lives. This, I have a problem with.
Ivo Vegter has written a fantastic article on the topic over at the Daily Maverick. Read it, it has great value and one of the smartest things in his article is his calculation that ultimately what is being asked for by strikers is equal to a 20% increase. I’m sure there are many, many people the world over who would like a 20% wage increase but it just doesn’t work that way. I’m also sure there are many people who wish to resort to violence and blackmail when they don’t get the increase they desire but blackmail is illegal. Striking, however, is not illegal in South Africa.
Let me state the following as clearly as I can: I do not berate the rights of people in South Africa to strike. I am berating their choice of striking methodology and the helpless, innocent people they have been placing in harms way.
I also need to openly state that I don’t believe that the actions of the few reflect the state of many. I believe there are doctors, nurses and teachers who deserve an increase and are hoping for the issue to be resolved quickly and quietly. I don’t think that SA sucks because a mob got out of hand, I don’t think this is a problem that is unique to South Africa. I just think that it is a problem we are experiencing right now and it too shall be resolved and pass over like many other strikes we have experienced over many years.
South Africa is as unique as any other country, let the naysayers not be so brave as to state that we are the only country in the world that has striking civil servants, we are not. Let us not be so brave as to think that our country will never incur problems and when we do let us not be so stupid as to feel shocked, appalled and offended that we do have problems. Not every problem (however unnecessary or violent) warrants the end of days.
Yesterday I had a massive craving for good old, simple, fish and chips.
Good thing I live in Cape Town. I sent out a tweet to get some suggestions for places to go to get the best fish and chips in Cape Town.
I ended up choosing Snoekies in Hout Bay. This is a fish and chips shop that takes me way back to being a little kid. The fish was absolutely exquisite. I went with the Snoek and chips. Fresh with some of the best batter I’ve ever tasted.
Hopefully I’ll be trying out some of the other suggestions below and blogging about them too.
Some of you might know that once upon a time I played music, in a band, on stage and even recorded an album. [see below for songs]
Now the reason I bring this is up is as follows; The lead singer of the band I was apart of, Bevan Lynch, has started his own band called Stereo in Flight. They are playing their very first gig in Durban.
… [Lead SA] aims to highlight the achievements of the nation and celebrate the efforts of ordinary South Africans who continually seek to do the right thing for themselves, for their families and for their country.
Lead SA encourages individuals to stand up and accept responsibility for the challenges they face. The Lead SA initiative is a long term project that is set to be rolled out over the next few years. Through the small steps of individuals the nation will improve and prosper.
How do they plan to do this?
As a South African, you have the resilience and passion needed to change the nation. It may seem like a huge responsibility and an impossible task, but it’s certainly achievable if you choose to simply do the right thing. Together we can achieve immeasurable success.
Here are a few simple ways to become a proactive leader:
1. Stand up for what’s right. If you’ve had a glass too many, let a designated driver take you home.
2. Stand up to corruption. Don’t bribe.
3. Stand up for morality. Report crime.
4. Stand up for your community. Get to know your neighbours.
5. Stand up against indifference. Take an interest in those around you.
6. Stand up for free speech. Listen to the other side.
7. Stand up for your future. Respect the environment.
8. Stand up for education. Read to your children.
9. Help instead of Hinder. Say yes when asked to do a favour, don’t look for excuses.
10. Acknowledge goodness. When you have something good to say, say it.
The above 10 instructions are things that I have been banging on about for years and it’s great to finally see a big media organisation jumping in to potential solutions and pushing an attempt at change.
Wozela is a blog that attempts to discover what seems like an endless amount of uses for the infamous Vuvuzela. I think that the site is fantastic and love the concept of taking the hundreds of thousands of Vuvu’s sold across the globe and doing more with them.
As I have previously blogged, Gary the Tooth Fairy will be doing some shows in Joburg very soon. You now stand a chance to win two tickets to the show. You choose the night once you’ve won the tickets (yes, you) then simply attend the event and have a laugh.
So here’s how it plays out: You answer a simply question in the comment section below and BAM, you’re entered in to the competition. I’ll do a draw on Wednesday next week (18 August, 2010) and announce the winners.
The question is simple:
Who directed Gary, The Tooth Fairy showing in Joburg?
Hint – Check out my previous post on the topic for information…
Now type in your answers below and BOOM, you’ve got an entry.