Sport legend guest at Tonver meeting

2016-03-03 06:00
 Photo: supplied The Tonver executive (back, from left) Sagie Pillay, T.B. Pillay, A.P. Narain, Mrs D. Hassan, Sugie Govender and Asok Kassie. Seated from left: Balan Pather, Mr F. Buthelezi, Guru Ramcharan, Romy Naidoo and Barry Maharaj.

Photo: supplied The Tonver executive (back, from left) Sagie Pillay, T.B. Pillay, A.P. Narain, Mrs D. Hassan, Sugie Govender and Asok Kassie. Seated from left: Balan Pather, Mr F. Buthelezi, Guru Ramcharan, Romy Naidoo and Barry Maharaj.

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THE legendary Natal High Schools sports administrator Maya Singh was the special guest at the Tonver bi-enniel general meeting (BGM) held last week at the Verulam Secondary School hall.

The BGM saw close onto 200 principals, teachers and parents come together to acknowledge and show support for a schools sports organisation which was doing everything in its power to take school’s sport forward among previously disadvantaged public schools.

Singh commended the Tonver School Sports Council for the sterling work they were doing in their efforts to keep school sports alive in the Tongaat and Verulam areas. However, he alluded to the fact that the playing fields in the country was not balanced as the previously advantaged schools continue to dominate all sport with very little development taking place in the disadvantaged areas.

Singh took the Tonver teachers on a walk down memory lane as he reminisced about the transformation that took place during the period when democracy came to our country some 20 years ago.

He appealed to teachers to continue to create opportunities for pupils to excel because in every child there was a talent waiting to blossom.

The superintendent of Education Management in the Billy Nair circuit Selvan Chetty also addressed the Tonver BGM, and praised the efforts of the President Guru Ramcharan and his team for ensuring that school sports in the Tongaat and Verulam areas was alive and well.

He appealed to teachers in the Tonver zone to keep up their unstinting efforts in ensuring that learners in the zone were given every opportunity to participate at the highest level possible in the respective codes of sport.

In his address the president of Tover Guru Ramcharan poured praise upon the SEM, the principals and the band of educators who were stalwarts in the Tonver zone whose selfless efforts and sacrifice ensured the continued existence of Tonver after 22 years into democracy.

In the elections held at the BGM, the Tonver teachers continued to place their faith in Guru Ramcharan to spearhead the organisation for another two years.

In his acceptance speech Ramcharan urged all schools to rally around Tonver and support its programme by being an active participant ensuring that affiliation fees are paid up and more importantly SMTs support their teachers in their efforts of promoting quality sports at their schools.

Mr F.Buthelezi from Cottonlands Primary was elected as his deputy.

The secretariat returned to Romi Naidoo and Balan Pather retained the post of treasurer.

The vice presidents of secondary and primary school sports in Tongaat and Verulam were T.B. Pillay (Fairbreeze Combined), A.P. Narain (Mountview), Daya Hassan (Dianthus Primary) and Sagie Pillay (Tongaat Primary). Sugie Govender was elected as the PRO for Tonver.

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