Shooting the Breeze

2017-12-06 06:02

IN my area in Eastwood, Ward 34, there’s a popular phrase about local products especially when it comes to players, leagues and teams.

We believe that when something is brewed in local circles we say “local is lekker”.

Many will remember that Ward 34, especially Eastwood, has produced talented athletes in soccer, boxing, and church leaders to mention just some.

Many will remember that Cedric Conway, who was once the SA welterweight champion started his boxing career in the Eastwood Hall Gym, and more junior boxers followed and earned their stripes in Mgungundlovu District, and provincially.

Boxing legends JC Joshua, Keith Sampson and others played an important role in guiding youngsters in boxing, some of whom became “untouchable” in the boxing ring.

However, it is heart breaking to see that the once popular and fully equipped Eastwood Boxing Club and Gym has become a white elephant.

I am irritated when I hear about officials in political circles and government departments, especially in the Department of Sports and Recreation (DSR), who claim to be motivating the youth to stay away from social ills, but not providing the basic necessities in order for them play sport.

Besides the gym that has gone to the dogs, conditions of sporting facilities around Ward 34 are in the bad state and are absolutely unplayable on.

The state of the soccer fields, netball and basketball courts are unbelievable and have been for many years.

The only shinning light is our Rise and Shine Junior League and I take my hat off to officials, development coaches and managers who run that league, and keeping them busy on the field and off the street means a lot.

One day the Rise and Shine League will produce another Shane Morrison (former SA U17 and SA U20 player), Victor Vurtuin (former D’Alberton Callies and Jomo Cosmos), Shaun Donnelly (ex-Jomo Cosmos, Mthatha Bucks and AmaZulu), Shaun Potgieter (former Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates), Cyril Boyseen (former Manning Rangers) or Arthur Bartmaan (former Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows and Real Taj goalkeeper).

The children in Panorama are still looking for basic sports requirements such as goalposts to be donated and have been for more than six months, gone without the required necessities when attending soccer training.

My question is how can our leaders, local businessmen and especially DSR, fail our needy children by not donating a set of goal posts.

Could it be that Eastwood, Ward 34 is an area that has been forgotten by leaders, businessmen, government and DSR?

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