R35m lottery boost for Limpopo sports complex

2015-07-17 16:58

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Johannesburg - The National Lottery Commission (NLC) has allocated R35m for the development of a sports complex in Limpopo, it said on Friday.

"The NLC is pleased to announce that an amount of R35m will be allocated to the development of the Mafefe Sports Complex, implemented by Mafefe Development Trust in Limpopo," commissioner Charlotte Mampane said in a statement.

"The NLC was moved by the community’s desire to implement a project that has the potential to create a significant number of short, medium and long term jobs as well as the ability to nurture talent among the youth of Mafefe."

A sod turning ceremony was expected to take place on Friday.

Mampane said the NLC supported the development of various sporting codes. This was because sport was a proven means of keeping the youth employed and ensured they did not resort to crime or other social ills.

As such, organisations like the Mafefe Development Trust were important pillars of social cohesion. 

“Sport is a means of expressing an individual’s talent. It encourages discipline, teamwork and productive habits that our youth can adopt and integrate into their daily lives,” said Mampane.

The Mafefe Development Trust would identify and train young people in different sporting codes in order to give them an opportunity to compete at a professional level.

The NLC commissioner said it was important for large organisations to start investing in sports development, particularly at grassroots level. 

“This facility will help our youth in rural communities to aspire to a future beyond their wildest dreams,” she said.

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