POOR SPORTS FACILITATES DIMINISHES THE FUTURE OF STARS IN ILLOVU
By: Naledi Sikhakhane
Illovu Township faces lack of development in sports facilities, slowing down progress in sharpening of talents and limiting opportunities.
After 21 years of democracy, townships like Illovu are still facing challenges of lack of good quality facilities and equipment.
However, many stars have made it inspite of these challenges of underdeveloped facilities. Many though are not able to.
Mxolisi Maphumulo, a soccer player who wants to make a name for himself said, “A lot of my teammates can’t afford soccer boots.The field we use has patches of shrubs and no water supply but people like Syabonga Nomvete keep us inspired.”
Maphumulo echoed that government should assist with improving facilities and access to the right channels because a lot of “young stars’ talents get washed away”.
Individuals are said to not have the opportunity to hone their skills and are not exposed to the right channels to further their careers. Nhlanhla Mputi, swimming coach, said that having equipment motivates a person.
“A child who doesn’t have swimming goggles wouldn’t be able to open their eyes under water when instructed to do so. This would in turn demotivate the child,” he said.
Illovu’s Ward Councillor, Thami Magubane, said that there is a Ward Sporting Committee responsible to handle development of all sports at Illovu.
Magubane also urged the community to cooperate when government initiates programs such as tournaments and improving sports grounds. According to him, the community does not respect development in the area.
“Residents near the field in Eketangeni didn’t have patience and would use the field before the patches of grass set on the field when we got grass there,” he said.