MaMkhize’s giving spirit: 11 000 free soccer tickets plus donations to KZN floods victims

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Royal AM boss Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize is using football to help those in dire need in KZN. Photo BackpagePix
Royal AM boss Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize is using football to help those in dire need in KZN. Photo BackpagePix


Royal AM is giving away about 11 000 free tickets to fans to attend the team’s DStv Premiership derby clash against provincial rivals AmaZulu on Sunday.

On Friday, Royal owner Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize told City Press that the Pitermaritzburg-based outfit would also use the activities in build-up to the game to assist the victims of the recent flooding in KwaZulu-Natal.

READ: Swiss court orders MaMkhize to pay PSL and Sekhukhune United

Mkhize said the club would distribute food parcels and blankets to those affected by the torrential rains.

We have decided to come together and contribute where we can, and this would be our small way of helping the displaced families.

“The floods have affected a lot of people and we believe that, as football people, we should come together and make a small contribution,” said Mkhize.

Residents salvage the remains of destroyed buildin
Residents salvage the remains of destroyed buildings in Clermont, near Durban. Photo: Phill Magakoe/AFP
A shack sits precariously with its foundations was
A shack sits precariously with its foundations washed away Clermont on April 13, 2022 in Durban, South Africa. President Ramaphosas visit to the flood-hit parts of the province aimed to offer support to the affected communities and assess the response of the government and civil society. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images
Homes in Caversham road in Pinetown have been wash
Homes in Caversham road in Pinetown have been washed away. Persistent heavy rain in parts of KwaZulu-Natal has resulted in widespread flooding, collapsing roads and death. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images

She said full details, including about the distribution of tickets, would be communicated on Royal AM’s different forums.

The Premiership debutants are hoping to consolidate their second spot on the log when they take on AmaZulu at Chatsworth Stadium in Durban on Sunday.

READ: ‘We held on to each other so we could die together’ – Flood survivor

Mkhize’s team is yet to lose an official match this year – their last defeat was in December.

However, they will meet a side on Sunday that is on the up. AmaZulu has chalked up back-to-back victories since Brandon Truter took over the reins as an interim coach last month.

Truter, who filled the vacant spot after Benni McCarthy left, has enjoyed a dream start with victories over Baroka and Maritzburg United.

After a 1-0 win over Maritzburg in another KwaZulu-Natal derby last Saturday, Truter is aiming for another victory over their provincial rival. But he acknowledged that it wouldn’t be easy against Royal AM, who he referred to as a formidable side.


Timothy Molobi 

News Editor

+27 11 713 9001
69 Kingsway Rd, Auckland Park

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Show Comments ()
Latest issue
Latest issue
All the news from City Press in PDF form.
Read now
Voting Booth
Stats SA's recent consumer price index data this week indicated the rise in food prices was the largest in 14 years. Economists say continued load shedding also adds to the rise in the cost of food production. How are you feeding your family during this tough time?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
I have a food garden
6% - 61 votes
I rely on sales
22% - 211 votes
I buy necessities
72% - 698 votes