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What a day – May 6th MasiSports Open Day

Picture: Stephen Cruickshank

The weather held throughout, which was a blessing, and it was the children of Ukhanyo Primary who shone with pride and talent, as bright as any sun.
More than 100 guests joined us to see the school at work and play, the sod turning by the Headmaster, Mr Michael Tyhali, the chess club, Maths, English and Computer labs in action and to feel the power of sport, life skills and education. That trilogy gives each child a holistic education.

The school’s academic education is supported by Masicorp, and MasiSports provide the sports programme and life-skills training.

The guests were escorted by Grade 7 ‘buddies’ who stole the show in their engaging and cheerful manner as they acted as a professional guides. Guests were given a look at the school through the eyes of the ‘buddies’, and they were enthralled. It was the ideal start to the day, which showcased what Vince van der Bijl calls a model ‘Model C township school’.

The choir and violinists performed with gusto and skill. Springbok rugby star Scarra Ndubeni and Cobras cricketer Tshepo Moreki were interviewed by Amy McIver and shared their views. Scarra said, “This is the best school I have ever seen in a township.” High praise indeed! It is special.

The sports kids (netball, soccer, cricket, rugby players and cyclists) responded with joy to the crowds. The day ended with the announcement of MasiSports’ new logo, name and strapline. The final word from Vince was an appeal to become a MasiSports Champion by responding to the 1000 x R1000 PLUS campaign to ensure this project’s ongoing sustainability.

Picture: Stephen Cruickshank

With the programme now fully embedded in Masi High School and with a combined coaching staff of 35, the operational costs of R1.4-million will ensure the MasiSports Vision of giving the 3 500 township children the ability to live a fulfilled life. In this way we can build a series of positive South African future generations.

Rian Perry from NPO Community Cohesion and his interns have partnered with us at Masi High to help the teenagers navigate the challenges of gangs, drugs, gender-based violence and bullying . This innovative approach is so welcome.

The sod turning was a highlight. By the end of August a new 60 x 30m multi-sports astroturf with shock pads will be completed. For the first time Ukhanyo will host home matches with families and the community egging the home teams on. When Vince told Michael Tyhali of this amazing donation, his eyes teared up and he said, “I never thought that dream would be realised in my lifetime.”

Picture: Stephen Cruickshank

The field was made possible by an American financier Fred Alger, founder of Alger management, who donated the funds in memory and honour of his partner, Ingrid Wheeler, who passed away in late 2020. What a legacy that is for her.

Bless you all and please join us by becoming MasiSports Champions and one of the 1000 partners in the campaign.

Please see here for donation details.