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10 Things you don’t know about Danny Jordaan

Danny Jordaan1.  Full name Daniel Alexander “Danny” Jordaan

2.  Danny Jordaan was born on the 3th of September 1951 in Port Elizabeth, a city on the southeast coast of South Africa to Maxine and Alexandre Jordaan

3.  Danny Jordaan became involved in anti-apartheid activities by joining the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in the early 1970s, an organisation founded by Steve Biko in order to defend the rights of black students. Later, Jordaan also became a member of the United Democratic Front and the African National Congress (ANC).

4.  Following his studies, Danny Jordaan became a teacher in 1974. From 1970 to 1983 he was a provincial cricket and football player. In the latter sport, he achieved professional status for a brief period. His political and sport interests soon combined and he became an activist in various organizations fighting to break down racial barriers in sport

5. From 1983 to 1992 Danny Jordaan served as the president or vice-president of various soccer boards. In 1993 he was appointed as a director of the Cape Town Olympic Bid Company

6.  Danny Jordaan political career also progressed; in 1990 Jordaan was elected as the chairperson of the ANC branch in Port Elizabeth North. After the first fully inclusive South African elections in 1994, he became a member of parliament for the ANC under the newly elected Nelson Mandela, a position he held until 1997.

7.  In 1997, Danny Jordaan was elected as the Chief Executive Officer of SAFA. He subsequently headed South Africa’s unsuccessful 2006 FIFA World Cup bid, narrowly losing out to Germany but gaining great respect internationally for his work. As a consequence, he also led South Africa’s 2010 FIFA World Cup bid, this time successfully

8.  Danny Jordaan has a BA degree from the University of the Western Cape and an Honours degree from the University of South Africa. He received three honorary Doctorates from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (D.Phil), the University of South Africa (D. Admin), and one from his alma mater, the University of the Western Cape (D. Phil).

9.  Danny Jordaan received a special presidential award from President Nelson Mandela in 1994 as well as the presidential sport achievement award from President Thabo Mbeki in 2001. Danny Jordaan won South Africa’s marketing person of the year award in 2000. In 2004, he was voted 44th in the Top 100 Great South Africans and newsmaker of the year. He received a mayoral award from the Mayor of Los Angeles, California on 24 October 2004. Jordaan has been given the freedom of the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. He has also received numerous awards from other South African cities

10.  on the 28th of September 2013, Jordan was elected as the new president of SAFA, succeeding Kirsten Nematandani. He was elected ahead of Mandla Mazibuko by 162 to 88 votes from 52 regions

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