Shooting the Breeze

2017-10-11 06:02

WHILE I’m still celebrating and thanking all Ward 34 residents for making our first community awards a success a fortnight ago, on the sidelines I’m worried about our next annual event.

It is now like a dream that more than 10 years ago I started the Ward 34 Annual Community Sports Day and the first event was held at Panorama School grounds.

We started the event with only two teams and 30 children took part in the fun walk and run.

Over the years our annual Ward 34 community sports day has become a crowd puller and caters for junior, senior, ladies and “golden oldies”.

Unfortunately, next year there is a possibility that this event may not take place because of a few disturbing reasons.

In some quarters, this may sound like a scratched record, but the Panorama School grounds, which is used by the community, does not have goalposts.

Last year we thought we had a Good Samaritan and believed that the goalpost problem was over, but it was not meant to be.

It is heartbreaking that all the businessmen and factories in the area are shying away from this ongoing community problem, after us appealing for help.

I take my hat off for Kara Nichha’s management, especially Babloo, who funded and alone has saved this event for the past three years.

I won’t forget his words when he came to the event and said: “My brother, what you are doing may look small and simple, but you are saving a lot of lives and young souls by keeping them playing.”

This event has been close to my heart because to see the majority of underprivileged children and adults from the nearby informal settlements taking part in sport and forgetting about problems at home is a blessing to watch.

As parents and caring community members, we must remember that a child in sport is a child away from police cells.To save the Ward 34 Community Sports Day, may I again ask business people, residents and Good Samaritans to please come on board and save our children.

Barnes can be contacted via email on and via WhatsApp on 083 521 9553.


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