South Africa’s National Press Club has honoured FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan by naming the pair their newsmakers of the year.
In picking up the award, Blatter and Jordaan follow in the illustrious footsteps of previous newsmakers such as Nelson Mandela, FW De Klerk, Thabo Mbeki, Charlize Theron and current South African president Jacob Zuma. The award takes into account impact, news value and media attention, and Press Club chairman Yusuf Abramjee explained why the organisation's choice for 2010 was an easy one.
“The 2010 FIFA World Cup was in the media almost every day in 2010 and it was on the lips of most South Africans for many months,” he said. “It was the biggest support ever for any sport in the history of South Africa. The tournament brought lots of excitement, fun and a great vibe and made us proud South Africans. Blatter and Jordaan and their teams did us proud.”