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MEDIA RELEASE:


 09  June 2017

For attention Editors and Journalists 

 

7 YEARS OF HONOURING SPORTING LEGENDS OF OUR COUNTRY

Pretoria 09 June 2017

7 legends in the sporting fraternity were honoured at the 7th edition of the Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket Award held at the African Pride, Irene Country Club  in Centurion last night.

From Sport Activists to Boxers, Cricket, Rugby and football players;  2017’s recipients of the Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket Award all had one quality in common. Their life journeys to date, showcase the selfless sacrificial spirit which they displayed in their commitment to fighting for equal access and participation in sports for all South Africans. It is that quality alongside their trailblazing achievements in their respective sports which truly set them apart.

Here are the Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket Recipients  of 2017:

Mr. Abdul Abass - Sport Activist (Posthumous)

Mr. Basil D’Oliviera - Cricket (Posthumous)

Ms. Cheryl Roberts - Sport Activist

Mr. Daniel Cheeky Watson - Rugby

Mr. Darius Dhlomo - Football and Boxing (Posthumous)

Mr. Elijah “Tap Tap” Makhathini - Boxing

Mr. Khaya Majola - Cricket  (Posthumous)

Unpacking the rationale behind the awards initiative, DG of SRSA, Mr. Alec Moemi said: “We are here to correct the mistakes of the past and to honour those who were not honoured during apartheid.”

DG went onto affirm the immeasurable value of advancing such an initiative using the name of Ntate Mlangeni: “There is no better name than the name of Andrew Mlangeni to correct the wrongs of apartheid.”

The Gauteng Premier, Mr, David Makhura concurred with the DG, highlighting that: “The legend Ntate Mlangeni teaches us about sacrifices, it is because of his sacrifice that we are celebrating tonight.”.

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ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SPORTS AND RECREATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

FOR ANY MEDIA QUERIES CONTACT:

Ms. Nnaniki Malesa

Director - Marketing and Communications

Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa

Mobile: +27 71 350 9125

Email: nnaniki@srsa.gov.za

 

Mr. Mickey Modisane

Head of Marketing and Communications

Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa

Office Tel: 012 304 5159

Mobile Tel: 082 992 0101

Email: mickey@srsa.gov.za

Website: www.srsa.gov.za

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2017 June 06

DRIVING GOLF DEVELOPMENT IN UNDER-PRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES

 Our Andrew Mlangeni Golf Development Chapter got off to a great start this morning at the Momentum Golf Village in Centurion. Professional coaches from SA Golf Development Board led the golf clinics where the kids where  

taught fundamental basics in playing golf. The young golfers who came from three schools in Mabopane, are currently being taught golf on a weekly basis by the Ramontsho Golf development Academy based in Mabopane. 

 

Present at today's golf clinics' sessions was Mr. Andrew Mlangeni himself, an avid golfer with a handicap of 14.  Addressing the young golfers during the certificate ceremony, Mr. Andrew Mlangeni said: "We want to produce sports people out of you and this programme is intended to do just that. We are developing you young ones to not only become good golfers but also to develop values which can turn you into good citizens of this country."

 

Echoing Mr. Mlangeni' commitment to this development was the Ramontsho Golfing Academy Chairperson, Mr. Molopo. Mr. Molopo highlighted that the programme is of great value because "Growing up, most of us golfers were into self taught golf. As such we were never given the basics in the art of playing golf. It is for this reason that I am passionate about providing young children in my community the opportunity to get access to such formal training".

 Tomorrow, the 7th of July 2917, the department of Sport and Recreation 

 hosts the Andrew Mlangeni Golf day, a platform which is being used to raise money towards the development of young golfers as well as rehabilitation of golf courses in deprived areas. 

 

The Andrew Mlangeni Golf Day will be hosted as follows:

Date: 7th of June 2017

Registration: Arrival at 08h00 

Tee-off: 10h00

Venue: Centurion Residential Estate & Country Club, Gauteng Province

 #HonouringaLegend

 

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02   June 2017

For attention Editors and Journalists 

 

ANDREW MLANGENI HONOUR PROGRAM: DRIVING GOLF DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE TALENT AND HONOURING SPORT LEGENDS

Pretoria 02June 2017

The 7th edition of  the annual Andrew Mlangeni Honour Programmehosted by the national Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with the June & Andrew Mlangeni Foundation gets underway from the 06th to the 08th of June 2017.

 

On the 6th of June 2017, is the annual hosting of the  Andrew Mlangeni Golf Development Chapter. The Chapter which was launched in 2012 with the intent of “Developing Future Talent” of golf players, will host 50 young golfers from Soweto and Mabopane. With the help of professional golf coaches , Golf Development Clinics will be run from from 06h30 to 1pm, providing this future talent  with golfing techniques and skills.

 

The Andrew Mlangeni Golf Development Chapter will be hosted as follows:

Date: 6th of June 2017

Time: 06h30 AM to 1pm

Venue: Momentum Golf Village in Centurion, Gauteng Province.

#DevelopingFutureTalent

 

The 7th of June 2017 is the annual Golf Day,  a platform used to raise money towards the development of young golfers as well as rehabilitation of golf courses in deprived areas. This day is truly intended to  also celebrate the philanthropist in our midst - Mr. Andrew Mlangeni, a South African legend worthy of the honour bestowed to him in enabling us to work closely with him in the Andrew Mlangeni Honour programme to drive social cohesion and nation building in South Africa.

 

The Andrew Mlangeni Golf Day will be hosted as follows:

Date: 7th of June 2017

Registration: Arrival at 08h00

Tee-off: 10h00

Venue: Centurion Residential Estate &Country Club, Gauteng Province

 #HonouringaLegend

 

Lest we forget, the  sport legends of our country whose success as sports people could not be celebrated because of the apartheid regime’s laws. It is for this reason that the 8th of June 2017is set aside to honour these unsung sport heroes at the Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket Award. At this gala dinner evening event,  homage will be paid to 2017’s Andrew Mlangeni Recipients - sport stalwarts who have made an immense contribution to sport in the country but never received due recognition to the previous apartheid government. These sport stalwarts’ thecontribution  is recognised by awarding them a special Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket.

 

The Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket Award will be hosted as follows:

Date: 8th of June 2017

Time: Arrival at 18h00

Venue: African Pride, Irene Country Club  - Centurion, Gauteng Province

#AMGolfDay  #HonouringLegends

 

 

The Annual activation of the Andrew Mlangeni Honour Programme is a reminder to the South African community of the progress the department,  in partnership with the June and Andrew Mlangeni Foundation, is making in advancing the mandate of transforming the golf sporting landscape in the country.

 

The department is emphatic on the need to develop golf courses in the communities, particularly in previously disadvantaged communities, as part of the golf development programme it spearheads. It is for this reason that, 2017/18 will see the department engage relevant municipalities with the view of rehabilitating and promoting access to the Soweto and Mabopane golf courses.

 

Recipient of  Isithwalandwe/Seaparankwe Award, veteran parliamentarian Mr, Andrew Mlangeni continues to foster the legacy of promoting the concept of life-long participation in sport. A livid golfer off handicap 14, he has participated in various golf events and he is a continuous feature in the Annual Presidential Golf Day. This sportsman is a larger than life character and amotivating tool to the youth of South Africa to take sport serious and play with passion.

 

A Rivonia Trialist, and Robben Island prisoner 467/64 who was next door inmate to Nelson Mandela’s acclaimed 466/64 prison number, Ntate Mlangeni (91) is one of only two Rivonia Trialist still alive with Denis Goldberg. It is his immeasurable contribution to the end of apartheid which is profound and cements his legacy as a true stalwart. After 26 years of being imprisoned on Robben Island, Mr. Mlangeni emerged a respected member of the ANC, epitomizing the values that made possible a democratic South Africa. He has since then served as Member of Parliament, and is Chairman of the ANC’s Integrity Commission as well as Founder of the June and Andrew Mlangeni Foundation.

 

 

See attached spreadsheet of Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket Award Recipients from 2011 to 2016. The 2017 Recipients will be announced at the Gala Dinner Event on the 8th of June 2017

 

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ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SPORTS AND RECREATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

FOR ANY MEDIA QUERIES CONTACT:

 

Ms. Nnaniki Malesa

Director - Marketing and Communications

Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa

Mobile: +27 71 350 9125

Email: nnaniki@srsa.gov.za

 

Mr. Mickey Modisane

Head of Marketing and Communications

Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa

Office Tel: 012 304 5159

Mobile Tel: 082 992 0101

Email: mickey@srsa.gov.za

Website: www.srsa.gov.za



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2017 MAY 25

 

SOUTH AFRICA NOMINATED IN 8 CATEGORIES OF THE 2017 REGIONAL ANNUAL SPORT AWARDS

 

South Africa’s Izinja Ze Game…The best, as our South African athletes have become known have been nominated in a whopping 8 of this year’s RASA categories i.e.:

NOMINATION CATEGORY

SOUTH AFRICAN NOMINEE

SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR

Wayde van Niekerk: Athletics

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

Wayde van Niekerk: Athletics

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

Caster Semenya, Athletics

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY

Charl Du Toit, Athletics

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY

Ilse Hayes: Athletics

SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club

COACH OF THE YEAR

Anna Botha Athletics

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Thabiso Sithole

 

 

Leading the nomination pack is RASA 2016 ’s Sports person of the year and Sports man of the year, Mr. Wayde Van Niekerk, who has been nominated in the same 2 categories as last year. His coach, Ms. Anna Botha is nominated in the category for Coach of the Year.

 

2016’s Olympic gold medallist in the 800m final who also set a new national record at the 2016 Olympics held in Rio, Brazil, Ms. Caster Semenya, is nominated in the Sports woman of the year category whilst

RASA 2016’s Winner of Sports woman of the year with a Disability , Ms. Hayes - 2016’s Silver Medallist   is nominated again in the same category for 2017.

 

Double gold medallist, Charl du Toit is flying the SA flag nominated in the category - Sports man of the year with a Disability.

 

Relevant and timeous delivery of sports content to keep citizens at large fully informed on the happenings of sporting talent, by our very own Mr. Thabiso Sithole, has earned him a nomination in Journalist Category of the year 2017.

 

Bafana baStyle, also known as  Masandawana,  Mamelodi Sundowns, the reigning champions of CAF Cup 2016 are nominated for Sports team of the year.

 

South Africa hosts the second edition of the Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA) on Saturday 27 May 2017.  The awards recognise 2016 Sports Achievers within the 10-member states of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5.  The 10 Members States - Angola; Botswana; Lesotho; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia, South Africa; Swaziland; Zambia and Zimbabwe - will gather in a black-tie themed event at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg from 18h00.

 

All eyes are on who, in the region, will make it into the final three nominees especially in the prestigious awards of the evening, namely Sportswoman of the year and Sportsman of the year.

Who will win RASA 2017?

 

#WhoWillWinRASA2017

 

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DISTRIBUTED ON BEHALF OF THE AUSC REGION 5 AND MINISTRY OF SPORTS AND RECREATION IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR ANY MEDIA QUERIES CONTACT:

 

Ms. Nnaniki Malesa

Director - Marketing and Communications

Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa

Mobile: +27 71 350 9125

Email: Nnaniki@srsa.gov.za

 

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For Immediate release: 5 June 2015

SRSA supports sport development in the Northern Cape, with the multipurpose

sport court - 5 codes of sport, played on 1 court

 

The department of Sport and Recreation South Africa in conjunction with the Sports Trust officially handed over a multipurpose sport court utility at Olyvenhoutsdrift Primary School, in Upington, today Friday 5th June 2015, as part of the departments mandate to increase access to sport in all schools in South Africa.  The Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation SA, Mr GertOosthuizen, presided over the outreach programme. 

The outreach forms part of the roll out plan of increasing access to sport in rural disadvantaged schools in South Africa by providing equipment to schools and building the multipurpose centres in accordance to the National Sport Plan.  This is to encourage mass participation of sport around the country so that all learners have the opportunity to participate in sport at all levels.

The multi-purpose sport court makes provision for five sporting codes, including 5-a-side soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball and tennis in a bid to drive the development of sports and healthy activities in and around the surrounding communities. This facility has a twenty year life span, and 15 year warranty.  It provides lateral forgiveness on the joints., and adding to this,  and the need for sustainable initiatives, the facility has been audited and verified as “Zero Waste” and environmentally friendly, which is also in line with The Sports Trust’s “green” policy of helping to protect the environment.

Olyvenhoutsdrift Primary School currently participates in soccer, netball, rugby, cricket, cross country running and athletics.  This school has 605 learners and their current pass rate is at 84.3%.  Their top athletes are KaraboKamfer and Anthonia De Wee who compete at Provincial level in athletics, and their sports programme is managed by Mr SJC Allies.

It is well documented that playing sport contributes to making a significant difference in the lifestyle and behaviour of children and this positive sporting influence will provide both hope and purpose to the children of this community and the surrounding schools who will be able to use this facility.   A total of ten schools and ten community clubs will be able to play sport on this facility, including the host school.

Mrs Joey Links, Principal of Olyvenhoutsdrift Primary School says “Our school is honoured and proud to be the recipient of this first ever multipurpose sport court in this area, and we sincerely thank the stakeholders for their investment into the youth and people of this community.”

The current goal is to place 226 multipurpose sports court by the year 2017, and a total of 35 sports courts have been placed to date.  There is still a great need for further funding so that we can reach this goal, and we call out to Corporate South Africa, and likeminded donors, to join us so that together we can continue to enhance education through sport, and ensure that we nurture our youth for an active and winning sporting nation.

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For more information Contact:

  • Mr Mickey Modisane  
  • Head of Communications SRSA,                                                                         
  •  E-mail: mickey@srsa.gov.za Cell :082 992 0101 Tel: 012 304 5159
  • Carol Crawford, Marketing & Communications Manager, The Sports Trust, Email:marketing@sportstrust.co.za,    Cell: 082 802 2899  Tel: 011 802 1818

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