Ikageng Cricket Club in the North West Province township of Mohadin in Potchefstroom celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with a complete face-lift of facilities when Cricket South Africa (CSA) and players from the bizhub Highveld Lions teamed up for their 67 Minutes for International Nelson Mandela Day.
The club services three teams in its area and also supplies coaches to their immediate community and other areas in and around Potchefstroom in their bid to help shape TOMORROW.
CSA paid for the installation of three new concrete nets, the refurbishment of the club house as well as the purchase of a new score board, boundary ropes and also paid for the servicing their equipment. This project added up to R140 000.
Highveld Lions players Cliffie Deacon, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen and Dieter Klein, along with CSA staff spent their 67 minutes repainting the club house and conducting a KFC Mini-Cricket coaching clinic.
CSA Acting CEO, Naasei Appiah said: “Taking into account the events of the past month there is an added sense of poignancy as we celebrate Madiba’s 95th birthday. Everything happens for a reason and there is a salutary lesson and reminder to all of us that our founding father remains a source of inspiration and unity to the nation.
“While we celebrate this important occasion let us also take stock of what we can do as the Cricket South Africa family to make a better contribution to the vision Madiba had for his beloved Rainbow Nation when he launched his inspiring message of reconciliation and unification nearly two decades ago.”
North West Cricket Union (NWCU) entered an internal competition where they had to motivate why their area deserved to have one of their clubs restored. NWCU CEO, Heinrich Strydom is delighted to see the changes that have come about and believes that this will inspire more players to play cricket on a regular basis now that they have updated facilities to use.
He said: “Today is a celebration of a true South African hero. Mr Nelson Mandela is a great man. This day serves as a reminder to all of us to remember what he stands for and build on his legacy, one that is based on fairness and equality and a policy to live and let live.”
CSA would like to thank sponsors Coca-Cola and KFC for donating their product and lunch packs respectively to contribute to the day’s success. We would also like to extend a special thanks to Sedgars Sport who, for the third year running, have donated two full cricket kits to the club to the value of R10 000. They went a step further this year, donating 200 KFC mini-cricket shirts to the club for use during their mini-cricket festivals, their continued support is greatly appreciated.
“There is much that still needs to be done to give every child an equal opportunity to live his or her cricketing dream. We will take it day by day, club by club and city by city until one day, we live in a society where communities can assist one another to make their children’s dreams come true,” Mr Appiah concluded.