Apr 2014 22

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At a ceremony held at Loboneng Primary School on 17th April 2014, Harmony Gold Mining Company handed over to the community of Theunissen (Masilonyana township), a multipurpose sport court facility, as part of its corporate social responsibility programme (CSR). Harmony uses the channels of the CSR programme to make meaningful investments in the communities surrounding its operations in a bid to make significant contribution to the people and communities affected by the company’s mining activities. This is the fourth investment of its kind that Harmony Gold Mining Company , a Trustee of The Sports Trust, who implement on their behalf has made, and the value of this court is R 1 million.

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 surrounding mining communities. The school will be participating in league structures and activities from May onwards with tournaments being held as well under the guidance of the Local Sports council.

Harmony’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Graham Briggs, said “these facilities have come about owing to the excellent partnerships and collaboration among the various stakeholders, including the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Mr Fikile Mbalula, The Sports Trust, the provincial department of Education, the Executive Mayor for the Masilonyana Local Muncipality – specifically Steve Koalane.

The multipurpose sport court facility will be used by 5 (five) other surrounding schools), these include

1. Boliba Public School, (60 netball &18 futsal participants)

2. Khotso Primary School (35 netball and 19 futsal participants),

3. Reseamohetse Secondary School (24 netball , 18 futsal and 12 volleyball participants) ,

4. Taiwe Secondary School (33 netball, 20 futsal and 12 volleyball participants.

5. Concodia High School, 25 netball, 19 futsal and 11 volleyball participants). and the community’s local clubs.

The outdoor multi-purpose sport court has a twenty year life span. And adding further to Harmony’s pursuit of 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. These sports facilities have been instrumental in the development of sports, and contributed to change in behaviour of the learners. These schools have witnessed the Enhancement of Education through Sport and provide opportunities to their participants to play at various levels as designed by the National Sports Plan.

It is not the first time that the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation joins hands with the Sports Trust and Harmony in a venture like this. The National Department of Sport and Recreation, under the leadership of the honourable Minister Fikile Mbalula has made it clear that development of sport at grass roots level with the Multi-purpose courts across the country, has become more than just a provincial priority, but also a national one.

“It is therefore such an honour to be launching yet another multi-purpose court, and we looking forward to seeing the community grow and also to the launch many more such facilities, with our stakeholders and the Department, “ said Mr Maseda Ratshikuni, Trustee of The Sports Trust.

Apr 2014 14

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The Nedbank and Sports Trust Road Running Development programme enabled Mvelo Nkomo, a young KwaZulu-Natal athlete to represent his province at the Sub-Youth/Youth/Junior (SYYJ) Championships recently held at Stellenbosch, Western Cape.

Mvelo broke the 2000m steeple chase record twice by running 6:29 to beat the league meetings record of 6:30 and in district championships by running 6:25.70. He was then selected to represent KZN in the SYYJ Championships. Mvelo ran a 6:31 at the championships. His dream is to become an international athlete.

“I am thrilled with my latest achievements and would like to thank my family for moral support, school teachers for coaching and guidance, KZN Athletics for creating opportunities, The Sports Trust and Nedbank for their sponsorship,” said Mvelo. “I encourage young people to work hard in their sporting and academic activities irrespective of their background because excellence cannot be ignored by people and organisations that care about communities.”

Mvelo has been part of the Nedbank Sports Trust Road Running Development Programme since 2013. The programme supports young runners in KwaZulu-Natal by providing running shoes and kits to ensure they can continue to develop their talents.

The programme, a partnership between Nedbank and the Sports Trust, is also supported by KZN Athletics and has contributed R500 000 to over 600 learners since 2012.

This year, 300 learners, aged between 15 and 22 have benefited and will be taking part in a number of races, including the Youth Race on 31 May 2014 and the AIMS Children’s race which is taking place on 18May 2014.  This race is endorsed by the Comrades Marathon Association, which is co-sponsored by Nedbank.

“Sport development is one of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focus areas,” said Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing at Nedbank. “To date we have donated nearly R20 million to support projects through the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme in partnership with The Sports Trust. As we celebrate 20 years of democracy, we are pleased to note that since its inception in 1994 The Sports Trust has disbursed more than R60 million to nearly 600 projects that have touched communities.”

“The Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme includes a suite of banking and investment accounts. When a Nedbank Sport Affinity client uses these, the bank makes a donation to The Sports Trust for the funding of sport development projects, all at no cost to the client,” adds Ratshikuni.

The Sports Trust is one of the official charities of the Comrades Marathon and through their partnership with Nedbank; The Sports Trust is able to make a meaningful contribution towards communities.

“This programme has proven hugely successful over the last few years and The Sports Trust is grateful to Nedbank for enabling this initiative to run for a third consecutive year. We are extremely proud of the achievements that have been made by the learners who have already participated. This initiative demonstrates our aim of enhancing education through sport in South Africa,” said Anita Mathews, Executive Director of The Sports Trust.

Learners come from 10 schools that include Chesterville High, Zwelethu High, Phambili High and Verulam Secondary. Three schools that benefited from the 2013 programme – Umlazi Comtech, Ogwini Comtechnical and Lamontville – are also set to benefit again this year.

Road running is just one of the prominent sporting categories that Nedbank invests in, with others including golf, soccer, cycling and sport for people with disabilities.

Mar 2014 26

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25 March 2014 – A number of Soweto schoolchildren joined Moroka Swallows for their training session at Dobsonville Stadium today to take ownership of brand new soccer kits and training equipment handed out as part of the Nedbank Cup’s Goals4Goals initiative.

With the tournament’s Round of 16 now in full swing, these learners join dozens of other young soccer dreamers from KwaZulu Natal who also received new kits and training equipment while interacting with players from Lamontville Golden Arrows and Amazulu as the teams prepared for their respective clashes against Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits this past weekend.

Nedbank is pledging R10 000 for every goal scored in the Nedbank Cup 2014, with the funds going towards the building of a multi-purpose sports court for one deserving school that will be revealed as the tournament progresses. The top goal scorer of each round wins R10 000 for himself and another R10 000 plus a soccer kits for a school of his choice anywhere in the country. Bloemfontein Celtic’s Musa Nyatama scooped this award in the round of 32 matches.

According to Maseda Ratshikuni, Nedbank’s Head of Cause Marketing; Goals4Goals forms part of Nedbank Sports Development programme in partnership with the Sports Trust.

“The Nedbank Cup continues to be the perfect platform for us to connect with the communities we serve,” he said. “Goals4Goals is a win-win-win scenario for everyone involved: the fans get to see more goals scored, the learners get brand new kits and sports equipment, and Nedbank helps more people along the road to make their goals happen.”

In less than three years, Goals4Goals has reached more than 400 schools and Nedbank has spent more than R5-million on soccer development.

The bank’s partnership with The Sports Trust spans almost 20 years. Over this period, Nedbank has contributed nearly R20 million through the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme.

For more information on what promises to be the greatest Nedbank Cup season yet, visit www.nedbankcup.co.za or see the press for details.

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Mar 2014 18

The Sports Trust, Handover, Matatiele, Eastern Cape - 14th March 2014 (260)

 The Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, officially handed over the multipurpose sport court at Zamokuhle Primary School in Matatiele, Eastern Cape on Friday, 14 March.

This is the first multipurpose sport court in the area, and the school children and surrounding schools will be able to play here on a regular basis. The sport court offers 5 codes of sport: 5 a side soccer, Netball, Volleyball, Basketball and Tennis that can be played on this surface. The court has a 20 year lifespan, 15 year warranty, is eco friendly, low maintenance and offers lateral forgiveness on your joints when playing on this surface.

The school is proud to be the recipient of this court this year which will ensure that their children stay away from the social ills of society, and enjoy playing sport so as to ensure that they can enhance their education through sport.

 

Mar 2014 17

The Sports Trust, Rock the Run, Sandton - 16.03.14 (74)

The Sports Trust was one of the CSI beneficiaries of the Hyundai Rock the Run Race that took place on Sunday 16th March, at Mushroom park.  The Sports Trust received a cheque of R 40,000 for sport development from Hyundai.

Over 11,000 people entered the race, and enjoyed the combination of music and sport in this unique sporting event.

The male and female winners of the 21.1km race were both from Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, and won R 50K each.

The male & female winners of the 10km race, each one R 10k each.

in the picture from left to right : Rochelle Moses, The Sports Trust, Francois Marais (Marketing Manager of Hyundai), Carol Crawford (Marketing Manager The Sports Trust), Warren Hendricks , The Sports Trust, Bruce Fordyce (Ambassador of The Sports Trust)

Nick Bester, Race Director.

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