South Africa: Aweh Ma-Se-Bokke!

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To the cynics, the naysayers, the realists, the non-dreamers, this is the time to stop reading. For the dreamers, the optimists, the believers, the sports nuts, keep reading. November 11, 2019 will go down in history as the day the Cape Town wave replaced the Mexican wave.

A Springbok rugby team brought the Mother City to a standstill on Monday as wave after wave of people - in their hundreds of thousands - lined the highways and byways of the route taken by the Springbok Trophy Tour bus. The throngs of well-wishers blocked intersections and ran alongside the bus as the never-ending crowds cheered their heroes, many weeping as the parade passed. Toddlers hardly able to stand on their own two feet, gogos leaning on crutches, people in wheelchairs, people on rooftops, shacktops, office balconies, in trees, up poles, on top of signage boards, on car rooftops turned out in their glory. They chanted "Siya", they chanted "Cheslin", they chanted "Mapimpi", they chanted "Eben"... they begged Faf to marry them, they blew kisses at Damian, they sang, they danced, they waved their flags...

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