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Posted on 18 July 2011  - 12:00

All the latest from our pre-season tour of South Africa...

It was all go on Monday, July 18 - a date etched into the minds of the people of South Africa.

The date marks Nelson Mandela's birthday and 'Mandela Day' honoured the great man's 93rd birthday.

On a Mandela Day initiative, the Club gave its backing to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Our players and Harry Redknapp joined relatives of Zenani Mandela and her classmates to to raise awareness for road safety.

In memory of Zenani, who was killed in a road crash on the eve of the 2010 World Cup, both Spurs and Orlando Pirates will wear the UN’s yellow road safety symbol on armbands during Tuesday night's Vodacom Challange encounter.

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The day kicked-off with training at the University of Witswatersrand, the home of the South African PSL team Bidvest Wits.

It was a long session under clear blue skies - so much for it being 'winter' out here - as the lads prepared for the clash against the Pirates.

The work was very much geared towards team shape as Harry prepared for our second match of the tournament.

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Meanwhile, Michael Dawson and Bongani Khumalo were joined at a SuperSport Tottenham Hotspur Academy training session by the Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister.

Mr Cameron stopped by at Groenkloof, Pretoria, to meet players from the Under-16 and Under-14 age groups, as well as members of the SuperSport United management team.

Our captain, Michael, and our South African international, Bongani, a former SuperSport first team skipper, met youngsters and joined in coaching drills.

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Back at our hotel after training, Harry and Rafa faced the local media.

"This is a great country to come to and the competition is good," said Harry. "The Kaizer Chiefs were good on Saturday. They were fit, quick and technically very good."

Both Harry and Rafa said they expect much of the same against the Pirates on Tuesday night.

That match takes place at one of South Africa's new stadiums for the World Cup, the Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, kick-off 7.15pm UK time.

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