Bobby Motaung celebrates his mom’s 76th birthday by giving back

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Bobby Motaung says his parents have been a pillar of strength in his life and he is grateful.
Bobby Motaung says his parents have been a pillar of strength in his life and he is grateful.
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His team is always in the spotlight.

They recently made headlines for letting go of a lot of players including midfielder Kearyn Baccus and Colombian striker Leonardo Castro.

But Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung is taking much-needed time off the football pitch to celebrate the woman who has always stood by his side, Mama Malebo for her 76th birthday.

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Through his newly formed Bobby Motaung Foundation he celebrates his mother by giving back to the elderly people of Soweto at three Methodist churches in Meadowlands. Bobby will be giving out a total of 250 food hampers to identified grannies in and around the place of birth, and this will be followed by a luncheon at Dobsonville Stadium where celebrations will continue.

“This day is all about giving back the respect, love, loyalty, and honesty I received from my community growing up,” he says.

“I chose the Methodist church where I was baptized. My mother is also a member there, she was a chairlady of the church at one point, serving and praying for people who are ill along with other mothers. We have been using the church and they serviced my family ever since I was born. So, we are serving the three churches.”

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The day means honouring and celebrating his mother and showing gratitude.

“My mother was born on 18 May, and we could not do the celebration midweek. We chose the beginning of winter and just a way to celebrate new beginnings. My mom means everything to me. My two siblings have passed away and she has always kept the family together. I need to be grateful for her long life. We are celebrating this in church.”

Growing up, Bobby says he had big dreams but was not an easy child to deal with.

“I gave my mother many challenges when I was growing up and to see me turn 52 years and she turns 76 is a blessing. We have been through thick and thin, and she remained a pillar,” he says.

“I was also there through her challenges and it’s a blessing to be able to celebrate. We are living in trying times with the pandemic and I am lucky to be able to celebrate her while he is still alive.”

Bobby was raised by both my mom and father in a happy home.

“But I was also brought up in a community-based environment with cousins, neighbours, and friends and everyone was close. My mom and dad have always been there. We have always been close as a family and I am fortunate to still have both parents alive.”

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