CSA staff & Titans players do their bit for Nelson Mandela Day in rural Limpopo
Posted: 18 July 2012

Nkowankowa Cricket Club at Bombeleni Primary School in Limpopo have gratefully received this year’s Mandela Day facelift. The club, who play in the Limpopo Impala Cricket Association, have already been the beneficiaries of three concrete nets, perimeter fencing and an expanded kitchen. Today Titans players – Ethy Mbhalati, Rowan Richards and Mangaliso Mosehle – put a second lick of paint on the kitchen walls along with Cricket South Africa (CSA) staff and Northerns Nashua Titans CEO, Elise Lombard. CSA also handed helmets, bats and balls out to some of Nkowankowa’s younger players.

The kitchen is particularly important in the everyday life of the club as it is known to supply food for as many as 900 children from the primary school. The club’s first team play in the Limpopo Impala Association’s reserve league. Last year the club contributed 10 provincial players across all of the province’s age group teams.

Max Jordaan, CSA’s Senior Cricket manager, said:''We are keen supporters of grassroots development. The club is a vital cog in community sport in the Limpopo area and we are thrilled to be doing our 67 minutes of work in support of Mandela Day.''

CSA would like to thank its sponsors Coca-Cola and KFC for contributing their product and lunch packs for the KFC Mini-Cricket players who participated in the mini-cricket festival at the school. Sedgars Sport donated two sets of kit to the value of R10 000 which was handed over to the school and 50 KFC Mini-Cricket T-shirts to add to the day's festivities. CSA would like to extend its heartiest thanks for their continued support.

Elise Lombard added that the outreach to Nkowankowa was something her union is thrilled to be involved with, adding that Limpopo have an enviable track record when it comes to producing provincial and national players – particularly fast bowlers. Dale Steyn, Marchant de Lange and Ethy Mbhalati were all produced in the Limpopo fast bowling cradle. ''We trust that the club will go from strength to strength and I am sure many more stars will be produced by them in the future,'' said Lombard.


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