A big day for South Africa

I’ve been to South Africa on three occasions to deliver the IT Manager Institute and headed there again this coming Saturday to teach my 4th SA Institute next week – July 26-30, 2010.

Yesterday was a big day for South Africa following a month of excitement in hosting the World Cup soccer matches.

First it was Nelson Mandela’s 92nd birthday.  I have two photos of my visits to South Africa that have a Mandela connection:

At Nelson Mandela Square

At Mandela’s original home, now a museum

You can tell I’m in South Africa because I have the t-shirt  🙂

The second big event yesterday was when Louis Oosthuizen won The Open Championship of golf, , , some still call it the British Open. This one was held at St. Andrews, the home of golf and where they have played for some 600 years, , , several hundred years before the US became a nation.

Watching this tournament is one of the favorite things to do with my family; we enjoy links golf a lot. Some day, I hope to visit St. Andrews and play a round where so many legends of golf have played.

It was his first major championship win and he played impeccably the last two days as he held the lead. No one really ever challenged him and his game was in excellent form. This is a big deal for the game of golf in South Africa.

Louis Oosthuizen holds the claret jug trophy as he sits on the “old bridge with the St. Andrews clubhouse and 18th green in the background

I’m looking forward to my return visit to South Africa next week although the long plane ride is not all that much fun. We expect to have a great class and I’m excited about a new working relationship we are developing with Herbert Ruth, a South African professional who attended the Institute program in 2006.

Got my extra Rand (SA currency), electrical adapters and passport, , , looking forward to teaching our 40th IT Manager Institute next week. Hard to believe we have taught so many classes in such a short time. It has been great!!

Details of the IT Manager Institute at www.mde.net/institute

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