We at ADT personally send our condolences to the Mandela family as they face this most devasting tragedy. We dedicate our July issue to the loving memory of Zenani Mandela.

South African President Jacob Zuma declared Africa's first World Cup a success in a recent investment coference. Bringing in over 100,000 thousand jobs just in construction and security, and thousands more in other sectors of the job market, the 33 billion rand (4.26 billion USD) spent on telecommunications, stadiums and infrastructure was considerably a good investment.

Although the World Cup was not profitable for the country in terms of sheer numbers, the intangible return is priceless. "The world has seen this country in a different light," Zuma said. "They have seen the precision when it comes to planning and logistical arrangements. They have seen the efficiency of our security infrastructure and infrastructure. Basically, our planning over many years is paying off and we are happy."

This positive coverage will likely usher in significant foreign investment in the country as well as boost its reputation as a top tourist destination. Christopher Hart, a chief economist, stated that "this was an important, image-changing event for South Africa," he said. "It has been successful, against expectation ... People saw it and experienced it as a success."

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was indeed a triumph, not just for Spain, the WC final champions, but for South Africans, and people the world over. However, it was not without tragedy.

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Over a month ago, the World Cup began, but not without tragedy. On the evening of July 10th, the day before kickoff, celebrities, tourists, South African natives, political figures, and other soccer enthusiasts attended a pre-World Cup concert, the Kickoff Celebration.

Nelson Mandela’s great granddaughter, Zenani, was among those in attendance for the exciting concert, but tragically, she never made it back home. The loveable 13 year-old was killed in a car crash. She had just celebrated a birthday two days before.

Little Zenani Mandela occupied a special place in Mandela's heart, having presented him with the anti-apartheid icon award on his last birthday and having carried the Confederations Cup 2009 trophy onto the field as it was presented to the Brazilian soccer team.

Mandela, the beloved South African political activist and former president who served 27 years in prison and who also advocated for South Africa's hosting the World Cup, was expected to be at the opening game that featured South Africa versus Mexico, but did not attend due to the dreadful event. However, Mandela stated to soccer fans around the world that “the game must start. You must enjoy the game.”

Mandela, no stranger to heartbreak, lost his oldest son in a 1969 car crash when he was still in prison. Wearing a corsage of pink flowers over a long black mourning coat, a 91 year-old Mandela appeared frail and somber as he attended his granddaughter’s funeral on Thursday, June 17th at a chapel north of Johannesburg.

Zenani’s funeral service featured a performance of the Bill Withers’ song "Lean on Me," the reading of a Maya Angelou poem, and the hymn, "Amazing Grace.” Perhaps the most touching moment was read from a sorrowful speech written by Zoleka Mandela-Seakamela, Zenani's mother: "I should have given you more hugs, more kisses. If I did all this, would you come back to me, if only for a few seconds?"

The driver of the car carrying Zenani from the celebration was reportedly drunk as he lost control of the car and hit a barricade. He has since been arrested and will likely be charged with drunk driving and homicide.

Many cities around the world have cracked down on drunk driving in response to the World Cup. In Beijing, extra check points and precautions have been set up especially during the hours of 19:00 to 24:00, the times during and after the games' broadcast. Police warned that those caught drunk driving will be jailed.

Anticipating the increased incidents of drunk driving that the World Cup celebrations bring, some cities like Worcestershire, England, campaigned even before the start of this year's Cup to remind people of the risks of drunk driving.

As part of our responsible tourism initiative, ADT would like to remind everyone who is taking part in the World Cup viewing and festivities that being a responsible driver applies at home and abroad.   If you already know that you drink, plan to take a cab or ride with a sober friend. Having cab fare or an alternative method of transportation should be an integral part of your itenerary just like anything else you would plan for during a trip. In addtion to the already clear and present dangers of driving while intoxicated, consider that the many developing countries to which we travel often do not have modern rodes, making drunk driving even more perilous and irresponsible. Lastly, if even if not for yourself, do it for others who could potentially be hurt by the irresponsible decision to drive under the influence.

As we celebrate the World Cup and the many victories, especially Ghana's victory, thus far being the only African country to make it to the quarter-finals, let's also celebrate the life of little Zenani Mandela, and let's also remember how this tragedy could have been prevented.

ADT reminds our readers not to drink and drive!


Photo: Courtesy of Nelson Mandela Foundation