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Biography of Danny JORDAAN

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Born on 03/09/1951 (format : day/month/year)

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Daniel Alexander "Danny"Jordaan (b. September 3,1951), is the CEO of South Africa’s 2010 Local Organising Committee.
Danny Jordaan has become the face of South Africa’s determination to host a World Cup to exceed all others.

A former lecturer, politician, sports administrator and businessman, Jordaan was also a political activist in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.  Once a strong advocate for a sporting boycott against apartheid South Africa – “we cannot have normal sports in an abnormal society” – Jordaan served as a Member of Parliament under President Mandela before being appointed as Chief Executive of the South Africa FA in 1997.  He was instrumental in transforming the economy of South African football, raising revenue from the sport from US$3.2 million to US$35 million.  Jordaan led the country’s bid for the 2006 FIFA World Cup gaining invaluable experience for the country’s subsequent successful bid for the 2010 games.  In 2001, he was the recipient of the Presidential Sport Achievement Award from President Thabo Mbeki.

He believes that football cuts across the boundaries that divided his country for so long - an argument borne out by the racial mix in the stands at Thursday's game. "Soccer is the glue of the nation," he said. "We think a World Cup in our country would strengthen the non-racial character of society - a society that came from a past almost of war between black and white. To take a nation at war with itself on a united path forward, you need major challenges and objectives, and the World Cup is one such objective. The rugby World Cup here contributed to that, a celebration of black and white."

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