Sports court welcome addition

2015-10-21 06:00
FROM the left are, front: Dieketseng Mahlelehlele, Jacob Moloi and Nonceba Jantjie; back: Lebohang Dhlula and Israel Makiti. 
Sidwell Guduka

FROM the left are, front: Dieketseng Mahlelehlele, Jacob Moloi and Nonceba Jantjie; back: Lebohang Dhlula and Israel Makiti. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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TEACHERS and learners of the Qelo Intermediate School in Botshabelo could not conceal their excitement after the opening of a multi-purpose sports court within the school yard recently.

The facility was officially opened by the Qelo Intermediate School’s principal, Jacob Moloi, together with members of the school governing body, during the event that was also attended by the parents.

Moloi said the building of the facility paved the way for their vision of encouraging learners in their school to actively take part in different sports and recreational activities.

“We are really excited to have this kind of court within our school premises.

We hope it will encourage more learners to participate in different sporting codes,” Moloi told Express.

“We have always wanted to have our own facility like this one, but we didn’t have money to build it.

“We applied for funding from different organisations that offer funding, without any luck.

“However, we eventually got lucky last year.

“Our application was approved by the National Lottery Fund. As they always say, the rest is history,” explained the principal.

“We want to thank the National Lottery Fund for making our dream possible. This is a world-class facility and we hope our learners will enjoy using it,” he added.

Nonceba Jantjie (12), a gr. 7 learner, said she could not wait to play netball on the new court.

“I am so happy I don’t even know what to say.

“This court is fantastic. I hope the community members will not vandalise it,” said Jantjie.

Dieketseng Mahlelehlele, co-owner of Hlales Construction, the company that won the tender to build the court, donated two sheep to the school that were slaughtered and eaten during the launch.

“Apart from the sheep, we also donated a further R12 000 to the school, two tennis rackets, volleyball, netball and tennis balls.

“We always try to give back to the communities that support us, especially previously disadvantaged communities,” Mahlelehlele said

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