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(Apologies for the delay in posting but I was in such pain from Thursday-Sunday with dreadful arthritis in my knees that I could hardly walk and eventually an ambulance came to take me to hospital early on Sunday morning).

There has been more interest in South Africa beyond the World Cup from the various sports teams representing BBC and ITV than I can previously recall. But there has been little or no enthusiasm from the rest of the commissioning editors especially at the Beeb for all things South African.

Panorama or News Night hasn't done the in-depth interview with President Zuma; there has been no replay of the D'Oliveria Affair; nothing on the British Lions cancellation of its tour there in 1985; little about how former President Mbeki dealt with Aids and the consequence of his action is that South Africa has the highest Aids count on the continent - generations will be blighted; little on the increase in poverty since 1994 or the lack of social housing and nothing on the relationship between South Africa and Zimbabwe. 

As I am fond of pointing out there are more country members of FIFA than the UNO; soccer could do so much more than serve its privileged elite in Zurich. 


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