2015-10-22 06:00

I MUST say I am very excited that our Ward 34 annual Community Sports Day that involves areas such as Panorama, Eastwood, Cinderella Park, Glenwood, Thembalihle, Malivana, Jesmondeen (Emikhukhwini) and Madiba was able to take place on 3 October.

I am also very proud that it went without any problems and the community came out in their numbers.

Just to see children, parents and teams from the community attending or taking part in the games was just out of this world.

I must strongly point out that although I was happy to see our children off the road for long hours, there is something that bothered me again.

The local Department of Sports and Recreation let us down big time or their help was an insult to me as the organiser/founder and more importantly to my community.

After pleading and asking it to come on board and join hands with us, they were only able to give one trophy, a handful of medals and 10 T-shirts.

Really? I mean we are running this event for five years now and every time we ask the DSR to come on board, they let us down or just come in a small way.

It is unfortunate because the last time I checked the DSR was involved with Siyadlala Program in order to encourage different communities to take part in sport.

On the positive note I am glad that our event was saved by good people and business people out there such as Karanichhas, Poobie Naidoo Sports, Gift of the Givers, Mpi Mchunu (Panorama businessman) and Mountain Rise Dog Unit.

It is also heartbreaking that our politicians, government officials and the DSR always tell our youth to stay off the road and away from social ills, but little really is done by most departments, especially DSR.

My problem and the question that I always ask DSR for the past five years is: when exactly are they going to officially recognise Ward 34 Annual Community Sports Day as one of their Siyadlala projects?

Those who still want to donate things such as clothes, groceries and other things for the poor families can phone me on 083 521 9555

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