Soweto tees off with new golf facility | Kwadeda High Schoolon August 3, 2011 The Sports Trust, in partnership with Nedbank and Sun International, has made another significant contribution to golf development through the launch of a new practice facility in Soweto. The Kwadeda Golf Project was officially opened at the Kwadeda High School on Tuesday, with the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, in attendance.
The facility is the first of its kind in Soweto, and includes a putting green and practice nets that will be available for use by the entire Zola community. Funding for the Kwadeda Golf Project was raised at the 2010 Sports Trust Golf Challenge, an annual golf day hosted at Sun City on the Monday after the Nedbank Golf Challenge and which raises over R1-million each year for the Trust.
“It is well documented that sport and recreation can play a significant role in building healthy, vibrant communities. What excites me about this particular project, is the opportunity to impart some of Golf’s values, such honesty and respect, on young and impressionable members of this community.” Says Rob Fleming, Chairman of The Sports Trust.
The facility and its ability to make a positive impact on the community received a glowing endorsement from the Minister of Sport, who declared that the success of projects such as this are to form the blueprint of the Ministry’s own sports development programmes.
“The Sports Trust has since its inception been a catalyst for meaningful change in sport and recreation. It is our intention and resolve to draw from The Sports Trust’s expertise and models as we shape and chart a developmental trajectory and transformation landscape for sport and recreation for South Africa and its people,” said Minister Mbalula.
“We will collectively work with The Sports Trust to sharpen our interventions in communities around the country. The lessons learned will also put us in the right position as we develop and finalise the case for sport.” As the direct result of the successful working relationship between the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge and The Sports Trust, this prestige tournament continues to provide the ideal platform for The Sports Trust to raise the necessary funds for its golf development projects.
“Sun international is committed to our partnership with Nedbank and the Sports Trust to the development of sport and the shaping of the future of the youth and communities in South Africa. Through the provision of the facilities we are providing access and opportunity for children to realize their potential. This day has really been about creating possibilities for school children to nurture their talent for golf. But more importantly we are laying the foundation for children to build character through this sport.” Says Ashnie Muthusamy: Group Manager Talent Transformation & Change, Sun International.
Soweto has produced the majority of South Africa’s leading black professional golfers, including 1976 French Open winner Vincent Tshabalala, Theo Manyama, Zac Mavundla, Moses Molefe and Richard Mogoerani. And the area remains a vast talent pool for the entire golf industry.
“As a founding trustee of The Sports Trust and a longstanding partner of Sun International, it is rewarding to see the benefits of our relationship extending to communities in need. The Kwadeda Golf Project is a great example of how some of the benefits from the Nedbank Golf Challenge make a tangible contribution to golf development in South Africa,” says Thulani Sibeko, Group Executive: Marketing, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Nedbank. Kwadeda High School principal, TB Mnisi, said the new facility will greatly improve the task of golf coach Tebogo Mosiane. “He has been trying over the years against all odds to teach our learners how to play golf. Now that a proper golf facility has been built, he will be able to teach them in a conducive environment.” Mnisi also said the new facility has the potential to draw in the youth of the Zola community to embrace something new and exciting. “The Zola area of Soweto is notorious for gangsterism. One of the reasons is the lack of recreational and sports facilities. This gesture of friendship means a lot, not only to the school, but to the Zola community as a whole. It is so humbling to realise that institutions are prepared to help.”
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