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Primary school pupils from Durban react after Durban was officially named as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, on September 2, 2015 in Durban (AFP Photo/Rajesh Jantilal)

South Africa vows Durban Commonwealth Games will "heal wounds"

South Africa on Wednesday promised to deliver a world-class event when the city of Durban hosts the 2022 Commonwealth Games, saying the occasion would help the country overcome its turbulent past.

Nelson Mandela (L) and members of South Africa's rugby team, after the team won the 1995 Rugby World Cup

South Africa's national rugby team is a metaphor for a nation's slow progress on racial equality

Under Apartheid, white minority rule segregated all aspects of life in South Africa. There were separate education system for blacks and whites, separate public amenities, and even separate sporting codes.

Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandel presenting the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy to Francois Pienaar, former captain of the Springboks, South Africa's national rugby team

South Africa will bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup

South Africa was joined by Italy, France, United States and Ireland at the briefing, with their delegation including sports minister Fikile Mbalula and Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

Cobus Visagie looks to pass the ball during Springbok training in Cape Town in 2001. Source: Touchline Photo/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Big-tackling ex-Springbok rugby player Cobus Visagie starts Africa fund

Cobus Visagie recalls making 18 tackles the day South Africa’s national rugby team kicked its way into the World Cup record books to defeat England.