Danny Jordaan

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Danny Jordaan
Daniel Jordaan, 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa-2.jpg
Daniel Jordaan attending the 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa
Former mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality
In office
18 May 2015 – 18 August 2016
Preceded by Benson Fihla
Succeeded by Athol Trollip
Member of the Parliament of South Africa from Eastern Cape
In office
Personal details
Born Daniel Alexander Jordaan
(1951-09-03) 3 September 1951 (age 65)
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Occupation Anti-apartheid activist, lawyer, lecturer, football administrator

Daniel Alexander "Danny" Jordaan (born 3 September 1951) is the former Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, having served from May 2015 until August 2016, as well as president of the South African Football Association (SAFA).[1] He is a former lecturer, politician and anti-apartheid activist. He led South Africa's successful 2010 FIFA World Cup bid, the first successful one for Africa. He also led the country's unsuccessful bid four years earlier for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.[2]

He has served FIFA in numerous capacities, including, as a General Co-ordinator for the Youth World Cup (now FIFA U-20 World Cup), 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. He was also a match commissioner for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee. He served on the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Organising Committee.

Jordaan is also a member of the International Marketing Council.[3]


Danny Jordaan was born in Port Elizabeth, a city on the southeast coast of South Africa to Maxine and Alexandre Jordaan. He 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, 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 he served as the president or vice-president of various football boards. In 1993 he was appointed as a director of the Cape Town Olympic Bid Company.[5][6]

His political career also progressed; in 1990 he 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.[5]

In 1997, he was elected as the Chief Executive Officer of SAFA. He subsequently headed South Africa's unsuccessful 2006 FIFA World Cup bid, narrowly losing 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.[3]

Jordaan has served on the marketing and television board of FIFA since 1998.[7]

On 28 September 2013, Jordaan was elected as the new president of South African Football Association (SAFA), succeeding Kirsten Nematandani.[3] He was elected ahead of Mandla Mazibuko by 162 to 88 votes from 52 regions.[8]

In light of the 2015 FIFA corruption case, Jordaan admitted to paying $10 Million to a football body led by Jack Warner in 2008, but denied that it was a bribe for hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[9]


Jordaan has a BA degree from the University of the Western Cape and an honours degree from the University of South Africa.

He has received four honorary doctorates from: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (D.Phil); the University of South Africa (D. Admin); his alma mater, the University of the Western Cape (D. Phil); and in May 2015 from the University of Fort Hare (D. Admin).[10]


He 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. He 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. That same year, he won the Confederation of African Football's "most impressive Achiever" alongside Molefi Oliphant and Irvin Khosa.[11] Jordaan has been given the freedom of the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. He has also received numerous awards from other South African cities.[12]


  1. ^ "ANC appoints Danny Jordaan as Port Elizabeth mayor". TimesLive.co.za. 18 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Smith, David (4 March 2010). "Danny Jordaan – from 'coloured' footballer to World Cup main man". Guardian.co.uk. 
  3. ^ a b c "Danny Jordaan New President of SAFA". University of Western Cape. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "10 Things you didn't know about Danny Jordaan". Youth Village. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Vubem Toh, Fred. "South Africa: Danny Jordaan - The Master Planner". All Africa. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Walraven, Joost; Stoelhorst, Dick. Tailor Made Concrete Structures: New Solutions for our Society. CRC Press. p. 7. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Daniel "Danny" Jordaan (1951 - )". The Presidency. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Executive Mayor". Nelson Mandela Bay. 
  9. ^ "Fifa crisis: South Africa 'admits $10m football payout'". BBC News. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Daniel "Danny" Jordaan (1951 - )". The Presidency. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "CAF/MTN 2004 Award Winners". Confederation of African Football. Confederation of African Football. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Mgudlwa, Thandisizwe. "Danny Jordaan, Can He Take South African And African Football To Greater Heights?". Africa Business. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Franz Beckenbauer
FIFA World Cup Chief Organizer
with Irvin Khoza

Succeeded by
José Maria Marin with
Marco Polo Del Nero
Preceded by
President of South African Football Association
Political offices
Preceded by
Benson Fihla
Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality
Succeeded by
Athol Trollip