Kaizer Chiefs participated in the Gauteng provincial launch of the Gauteng Creative Sports and Arts Programme at the Nokuthula Special School in Corlett Gardens, Johannesburg on Wednesday, 28 September.
The non-profit school, established in 1984, caters for special needs learners with severe intellectual disabilities.
As a Gauteng-based Club involved with a variety of social and community projects, it was important for Chiefs to be fittingly represented. Amakhosi Sporting Director, Kaizer Motaung Jr. attended the event on behalf of the Club and afterwards expressed his support for the undertaking, emphasising the benefits of physical activities such as sport in mental development and therapy.
The event was led by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, MEC for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation, Mbali Hlophe, and MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi.
“When a young person chooses to play sport it’s already the first step in the building blocks of life,” he said, “When you become a sportsman or woman you start to learn the real secrets of life… self-discipline, self-motivation, working with other people and organisation. It helps with understanding problem solving, you face trials and tribulations. So, when you put that all into context, sport is one of the most underrated elements in terms of how it teaches you for life”.
“Nokuthula School is an amazing facility. In 10 years’ time, the majority of the world’s youth will be coming from Africa so we are speaking to the future leaders and I wish them to go from strength to strength. They have been afforded a wonderful opportunity by the Gauteng Provincial Government, and for that we thank the Premier and MEC’s,” added Motaung.
The Kaizer Chiefs Sporting Director hailed the importance of organised school sport leagues.
“Kaizer Chiefs, as a sporting organisation, we know that schools were the foundation of the development of the Club. There were no academies back then, it was the games on Wednesdays at the schools that were essentially the development of Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. People would leave work and come and watch school football, so the Wednesday League was very important.
“Whether it’s football or netball or any sport for that matter, it is amazing that it has restarted again and, as a Club, we are looking forward to partnering with the Gauteng Provincial Government to show our support and engage with the people on the ground,” he concluded.