Such is the euphoria that has gripped Sandton City as the Hollywood star got the ball rolling for the international multi-sporting event named after him being held here this weekend.
The legendary professional bodybuilder 's visit here marks the launch of Arnold Classic Africa.
The Arnold Classic Africa has pushed into the shade one of Africa's leading shopping centre, famed for its unparalleled shopping experience. It has all been about the strongmen who will make this place their home for the next three days.
Opening the event at a local hotel yesterday, Schwarzenegger told a packed press conference the Arnold Classic would become a permanent feature on the continent.
While Schwarzenegger, who has an estimated net worth of $300 million had some words of advice for budding bodybuilders, he said his life experience should serve as a motivation to many.
The actor, politician, and businessman spoke of how as a child, he wanted to move from Austria to America to become rich and famous – and that is exactly what he did. This was despite that life never dealt him the easiest of cards but he learnt to turn lemons that were dished out to him into lemonade.
“I was lucky America is the land of opportunities,” he said.
He said even when he decided to go into acting no one believed he could hit the jackpot one day with blockbuster titles like Terminator, Commando, Last Action Hero and The Expendables.