Lucas Radebe lives on the (ThinkPad) Edge


Lucas Radebe lives on the (ThinkPad) Edge

Johannesburg – 14 December 2010 – South African soccer legend, Lucas Radebe, says that his Lenovo ThinkPad Edge notebook helps him meet the demands of a high-profile life -including various sponsorship and contractual obligations, a number of community and social responsibility initiatives, and football development programmes around the country with which he assists some of his sponsors.

Former captain of both the South African national team, Bafana Bafana, for whom he has 70 caps, as well as former English Premiership club, Leeds United, Radebe has just released an autobiography – Lucas: From the streets of Soweto to Soccer Hero – which was first launched in September 2010 at the Leeds Club superstore in England and subsequently in South Africa, where he has recently been promoting the book.

“I travel a great deal and, even when I’m at home in South Africa, I don’t sit in an office for any length of time,” Radebe says. “So having the extremely lightweight ThinkPad Edge notebook, which automatically connects me to email wherever there’s access, makes my life much easier. I can, effectively, work wherever I am.

“Also, there’s a great deal to get done in any given day. The ThinkPad Edge saves me valuable time each time I move from one environment to another, because it boots up very fast and its performance is exceptional. All my very extensive work files are on the Edge and calling them up and working with them is quick and easy.”

By his own admission, Radebe is no techno-file, so he enjoys the fact the notebook is “incredibly easy to use. Even my eleven year old can use it without hassles to do his school projects.

“And the space on the keyboard is great for someone like me who is not a typist and is always in a hurry. The way the keyboard is set up means I make far fewer keying mistakes. It’s also great knowing that the ThinkPad is really robust. It takes a fair few knocks as I move around, but I have absolute confidence that, even if I drop it, it will work just fine the next time I boot up.”

One of 11 children, Radebe first played for South African glamour club, Kaizer Chiefs, before moving to the Premiership where he became famous as a no-nonsense defender as well as for his leadership skills both on and off the field of play. In his first season as captain, he took the club to fourth place in the Premiership, qualifying the team for Europe and the UEFA Cup. The following season, Leeds finished third in England and qualified for the higher profile, more lucrative Champions League – in which the team made it to the semi-finals.

He played for and captained South Africa in two FIFA World Cups: 1998 in France and 2002 in Japan and Korea. He was an integral part of the 1996 South African success in the African Cup of Nations held for the first time in South Africa. His success both on and off the field of play ensured that he was a pioneer for African footballers – making African players more marketable especially in the English Premiership.

On and off the field, he takes his social responsibilities very seriously. He has been a FIFA ambassador for SOS Children's Villages, is currently a FIFA ambassador For Football For Hope, and is involved in various initiatives to help combat racism in both football and the community. In 2000 he was honoured with the FIFA Fair Play Award for his efforts to rid the sport of racism, as well as for his work with young children in communities across the UK and in South Africa.

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