Mine helps anglers

2015-11-18 06:00
GEORGE BENJAMIN, public affairs manager at the Kolomela Mine, and Tihan Koen, chairperson of the Sibilo Angling Club in Postmasburg   Photo: Supplied

GEORGE BENJAMIN, public affairs manager at the Kolomela Mine, and Tihan Koen, chairperson of the Sibilo Angling Club in Postmasburg Photo: Supplied

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THE Kolomela Mine has agreed to provide funding assistance to Postmasburg’s Sibilo Angling Club in an effort to demonstrate its support for sports and recreation programmes that develop the youth in its community.

Sibilo Angling Club has been in existence in Postmasburg since September 2013 and specialises in freshwater angling.

Tihan Koen, chairperson of the club, says angling is a sport that very few people know about and understand.

The club revealed that it will use the funds it receives from the Kolomela Mine to buy equipment, which will ensure that club members fish in a conservative way.

The club has previously sent members to participate in tournaments such as the league fishing Northern Cape trials in 2014.

Koen says, “Four of our club participants have received their Northern Cape colours and competed in the national competition in 2015, with two receiving their South African colours.”

He expressed his excitement with the athletes’ chievements and further added that some of the athletes will compete in the South African championship in 2016.

The club’s aspiration is to grow the sport and membership numbers within the community and teach people to fish in a conservative manner.

The Kolomela Mine public affairs manager, George Benjamin, said that more youth will be educated in marine conservation if they are more involved in this sport.

“As a mine we continue to care about our community and work with them and their children for a better tomorrow,” he added.

Nikki Wetzlar from Anglo American says Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, is dedicated to ensuring that it makes a meaningful difference in its communities and utilises this joint responsibility to create a direct, positive impact in the lives of the people who live and work at the Kolomela Mine.

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