Freedom day celebrated in the community

“It was amazing and so interesting,” said Belinda Mahlangu of extension 2 at this year’s community Freedom Day celebrations held in Cosmo City’s Lesotho Park in extension 2 on 27 April. “Such celebrations will make people not forget about Freedom Day. It also encourages a lot of young people to learn and research more about it.”

Freedom Day is a public holiday in South Africa on 27 April celebrating the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994.

Green Roots Studio organised the event in which people from Zandspruit, Diepsloot and Lion Park came together to enjoy performances by local artists Costa Titch, Scima, WenDee, Nelly, Amo, Chronic Chillas, Tripple Bizz, Flight Mode Boza De Ghost, Electrocute, 245 Music, Ntsumpaman, Jammie and many more

“It is very encouraging to see communities embracing Freedom Day’’, said Green Roots Studio founder Oupa Klaas Mlomo.

“This year we are marking the 25th anniversary of Freedom Day,” said Mlomo. “We organised this event to express our joy and freedom as a community. It is a reminder to every South African that 27 April is an important day.”

Green Roots Studio decided to celebrate the day in an entertaining way, Mlomo said, in order to capture the hearts of the young ones. “Freedom Day is not only for the people who fought for it. Children deserve to celebrate it more as well. They should be taught about how it came into our calendar because it is an important day.”

Green Roots Studio plans to host more events in line with the South African calendar, he said.

“We have not been hosting these kind of community events for the past five years,” he said, “but we are now bouncing back with innovative ideas to give back to the community. I am happy for the event. It was a success and there were no reported fights. I would like to thank the community members who came through to celebrate the day with others.”

Football Without Borders gives back to the community

Football Without Borders (FWB) donated much needed football equipment to two local sports teams on 17 April.

The two teams, Golden Drifters Academy and Rampya Chiefs, are based in Zandspruit informal settlement.  FWB gave each club two soccer balls, a set of bibs, and a set of cones.

Football Without Borders (FWB) is a non-profit organisation that uses sport – particularly football, boxing and kickboxing – to engage youths on social issues that affect them, such as gender equity, health education, academic education and community development.

“This donation was done through the grant we received from National Lotteries Commission,” said Michael Mapfunde the cofounder of FWB. “We applied for that grant for the purpose of developing football in areas that we operate in – mainly Zandspruit and Kromdraai. We support clubs like Kromdraai FC, which plays in Mogale Local Football League. We also have Kromdraai Ladies FC, which will be soon playing in the Women’s Regional League.”

 “We're very happy for the donation we received from FWB,” said Golden Drifters president Shoko. “It’s something which will benefit our development teams and also our SAB[BP1]  Team. We received bibs, balls and cones. These equipment items are a priority when it comes to player development.”

This was not the Golden Drifters’ first time to receive donations from FWB, Shoko said, and he believes it will not be the last time.

“They donated a netball kit and balls to our organisation earlier this year and also offered a life skills and coaching workshop to our coaches and SAB[BP2]  players,” he said. “We're really grateful for the support from Mr. Mike and FWB at large.”

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Massive turnout for Buhle Health Club event

Hundreds of people turned out at Lifestyle GOG Park in Lanseria for Buhle Health Club’s third annual sport and fun day event on 13 April 2019.

People at the event participated in sport activities like aerobics, tug of war and running races. Winners of competitions walked away with prizes.

“We want people to stay fit and strong,” said Buhle Health Club co-founder Vusi  Maduna. “We are having fun through exercising, and at the same time we are promoting a healthy lifestyle.”

“The event is also very important,” he said,“because we are trying to raise funds as an NPO. I would like to thank all the sponsors who made the event a success.”

Cosmo City Chronicle, Cosmo Chicken Licken, Roots Butchery, Shaya I’faya, Cosmo Romans Pizza, Cosmo Shell Garage and Cosmo City Sasol Garage sponsored the event.

“I think the Buhle Health Club did very well with this event,” said Nobantu Zonke from Shaya I’faya. “I was so impressed to see some of the pensioners participating.”

“We as Shaya I’faya were motivated to support the event because Buhle Health Club is a Non-Profit Organisation,” she said,“and when they approached us with regards to sponsorship, we felt it was a great opportunity and a good start for Shaya I'faya to  actually make a change in people's lives.”

Zonke said Shaya has already made changes in her life. Their goal, she said, is to help people control their own future by earning extra money to make their lives better.

“I personally want to teach my children and all other underprivileged individuals that they do not have to be limited by where they start in life,” she said. “They can dream big and if they work hard they can achieve their dreams.”

Fathima of Cosmo Chicken Licken said it was heartwarming to see the community enjoying in a safe environment.

“An economically affordable event like that, gives people an opportunity to participate & interact in a fun and healthy way, close to their homes. We were privileged to sponsor such an event.”

She concluded by encouraging other stakeholders and community members to be part of such an awareness programme which promotes the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’.

Cricket SA are ignoring our concerns, say players

SA Cricketers Association president Omphile Ramela says the players were not consulted. Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

South Africa’s cricketers say administrators are ignoring worries about the state of their profession despite attempts to find out what’s going on.

They say that even though Cricket South Africa (CSA) have made wider announcements about mounting losses and hatched measures to try and stop the bleeding‚ which the SA Cricketers’ Association (SACA) say will lead to job losses and pay cuts.

“Saca has formally written to CSA twice in the last six weeks to express its concerns relating to CSA’s financial position‚” Saca president Omphile Ramela was quoted as saying in a release issued by the organisation on Tuesday.

“To date we haven’t received any reply at all to those letters.

“It is critical for us as the players’ association and the representative of all of South Africa’s professional cricketers to know the extent of the financial challenge facing cricket and to be comfortable on how that challenge is being dealt with.

 “The players’ livelihoods depend on cricket’s financial sustainability but this is not only about the players. It is also about the future of the entire game in our country.”

CSA said at the weekend they would “review [their] financial model in order to recover historical losses that have been accumulated since 2011” — a plan that includes scrapping of the six-team franchise system and a return to a 12-side version of the provincial model that it succeeded in 2004-05.

That followed CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe telling parliament in October that the board anticipated losses of R654-million in the rights cycle that will end in 2022.

Tuesday’s release quoted SACA chief executive Tony Irish as saying: “A four-year deficit amounting to hundreds of millions of rands is unprecedented in South African cricket and is a serious concern to us as the representative of the players.

“The future of the game is in the balance and as a critical stakeholder we believe the players have a right to know what the financial position actually is‚ how it is being dealt with and how this is going to affect not only them but also all other cricket stakeholders.

“We have asked CSA for clarity and to date it has not provided this.

“SACA wishes to act responsibly and play its part in dealing with the challenge but in order to do that CSA must play open cards with us and properly engage with us.”

Some of SACA’s most pressing questions pertained to the austerity plan that has now been accepted by CSA’s board without‚ Irish was quoted as saying‚ “any meaningful consultation with SACA and despite the fact that this will directly affect the players”.

Irish was quoted as saying that implementing the measures “is likely to lead to at least 70 players losing their contracts and many other players at franchise level having their earnings reduced”.

Irish said CSA had broken the bounds of their memorandum of understanding‚ a set of legally binding obligations‚ with SACA.

“SACA has a collective agreement in place with CSA‚ franchises and provinces‚ known as the MOU‚ which deals with these issues yet CSA has‚ in announcing this structure‚ disregarded that agreement‚” Irish was quoted as saying.

“As a first step to resolve this situation we urge CSA to respond to us on the concerns which we have raised in writing with it.”

Asked for comment‚ CSA did not immediately respond.

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