MEC launches sports field project

2010-11-05 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Weziwe Thusi, marked the launch of the Mnanfu Sport Complex construction project at Umthwalume in Umzumbe with a sod-turning ceremony on Tuesday.

The R2,5 million project was well attended by the Umzumbe community and Ugu District Municipality and Umzumbe councillors.

Thusi said her department has a mandate to develop sporting facilities and to train sportspeople.

She described the launch as a service delivery indicator that carries the approval of President Jacob Zuma.

She thanked South African Breweries (SAB) for the donations it has made to the department and which benefit the community,.

She said SAB is doing exactly what the president called for — a partnership with private sector, because the government cannot deliver alone.

Thusi thanked the two local families who donated their land for the building of the stadium.

Fishing equipment was donated to local people who have been trained to fish for a living.

Football kits were donated to five local schools.

Thusi’s arrival in the area was greeted with dancing and expressions of appreciation from community members for the development in their area.

Announcing the appointed contractor, Thusi said the project will employ local people and experts from outside the locality.

Construction will start early next year with completion set for April, she added, while the official handover of the stadium to the Umzumbe Municipality will be in May.

Thusi noted that municipalities often fail to care for their sports grounds, adding that it has been decided to provide extra money to buy machines to keep the pitch in good condition.

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