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Sport - Date: 16 June 2019
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Sports can be used to fight social ills such as alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and crime, said Cllr Jeremia Khunwana, member of the executive council of the Musina Municipality.
He was speaking during the handover of sporting equipment by the Elegant Group to a local soccer team, Musina All Stars, at Mudzwiri Lodge a fortnight ago.
The sporting equipment to the value of more than R50 000 included soccer kit, tracksuits for all players, soccer balls, soccer boots and sports bags. Musina All Stars ply their trade in the SAB Castle League, and they are currently in the third position on the league log.
Khunwana thanked the Elegant Group for assisting the government in community development. “Spending thousands of rands without expecting something in return simply means that they have hearts of gold. We don’t have enough words to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Elegant Group. You are like angles who were sent by God to rescue our people from the bondage of poverty.”
He urged other stakeholders within the private sector who have not yet contributed to community development to do what they can to increase the resources in sport in Musina.
The chairman of the Elegant Group, Mr Ockie Strydom, said he knew how difficult the current economic conditions were, but he felt that assisting growth in the local community was important. “Nobody wanted to help us when we started our business. I know the pain of being rejected when you are in need. That is why I didn’t think twice when I was approached to assist Musina All Stars.”
He promised that the sponsorship will increase next year. “We will definitely put in more effort, because we want Musina All Stars to be the first team from this area to play in the Premier Soccer League. I urge other colleagues in the business sector to join hands, so that we can improve the lives of the people we serve here in Musina.”
The chairman of Musina All Stars, Mr Donald Sebola, thanked the Elegant Group for coming to the club’s rescue. “The sponsorship will boost the morale of the players and improve our performance. We are looking forward to a long-lasting working relationship with the Elegant Group.”
Photographed during the sponsorship handover are, from left to right, Messrs Donald Sebola (chairman, Musina All Stars), Moses Matshivha (founder member of Musina All Stars), Charles Vhengani (managing director, Musina All Stars), Ockie Strydom (chairman of the Elegant Group), Kaizer Phiri (founder of Kaizer Eleven FC) and Cllr Jeremia Khunwana from the Musina Municipality.