One of the organizers, Mr Victor Hlungwani.
The organizers of the Limpopo Sportswise Roadshow are still battling to come to terms with the fact that they will not be able to stage the event this year.
According to one of the organizers, Mr Victor Hlungwani, the nationwide lockdown is the reason they cannot stage the annual event. The event is normally staged during the winter school holidays. During the show, current and former football players, together with match officials, visit several selected high schools around the province to share their experiences with the learners.
Hlungwani, a professional referee, said that the roadshow was part of their social responsibility and a way to plough back into rural communities.
During the show, the players are accorded an opportunity to motivate the learners on different topics, including financial management, drug and alcohol abuse and HIV and Aids. Hlungwani further stated that the roadshow assisted the learners on how they could eradicate poverty through sports.
Some of the high schools that were visited last year include Shitlangoma, Mphambo, Rasila, Hikhensile, Makikele and Makoma High.
The sports heroes who formed part of the last year’s roadshow included David Mathebula (former Kaizer Chiefs player), Nyiko Mobbie (Free State Stars), Wiseman Maluleke (Polokwane City), Ishmael Maluleke (former Mamelodi Sundowns player), Justice Chabalala (Orlando Pirates), Vusi Ntimane (Cape Town City), Tonic Chabalala (former Orlando Pirates and Dynamos player), Morris Chauke (former Platinum Stars player), Jelly Chabani (PSL referee), Oscarine Masuluke (TS Sporting goalkeeper), Walter Maponyane (Polokwane City) and Blessing Maluleke (TS Sporting).
Hlungwani described the cancellation of the roadshow as a bitter pill to swallow, saying they had already acquired sponsors for the annual event. He stated that they would find ways to negotiate with the sponsors on the way forward.
Date:22 May 2020 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.