18 November 2018


Matlosana fights gangsterism through sport

by: Meisie Dintwe Jesus   date: 22 july 2018

Matlosana Local Municipality, in partnership with Sedibeng
Grace Centre, hosted Youth Day celebration on Saturday
at the Brazil Stadium in Jouberton, supported by sister government departments
and non-profit organizations.
The event created the opportunity for reaching out to gangsters in the community and provide a conducive environment for skills development and job opportunities.
Activities of the day kicked off with a 10km run starting at the council offices and ending at the Brazil Stadium, followed by aerobics, football and netball
tournament, as well as other recreational
Sport legends that were invited to come
and motivate the young people included
Ezekiel Sepeng, Edward Motale, Eric September, Brian Baloyi, Doctor Khumalo,
Phillemon Masinga, Gert van Schalkwyk,
Peter Mashama and Kabelo Mabalane.
Motale and Masinga said they were proud and keen to be associated with
events of this nature. Motale urged parents
to do an introspection of what is it that they were doing to shape the future of young people.
He said young people should have passion, be goal oriented and have dreams in order to succeed in life.
“Your background doesn’t count,” advised Mabalane, who motivated the youth to stop abusing drugs and alcohol.
He told them it was never too late to change. He said he completed 16 years of a drug-free life because of his saviour,

Jesus Christ.
“Jesus Christ loves us all,” said Mabalane.
Mabalane told the youth that every person has gift, they only need to connect the gifts to the giver (Jesus Christ).
“Once you are addicted it is not easy to change but through persistence and help
from other people, you can make it.”
Matlosana Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Maetu Kgaile, said the council’s
intervention through the Reconciliation,
Healing and Renewal (RHR) programme has empowered gangsters and young
people with skills such as plumbing and electrical ones. 

“The youth are also assisted with business plans and training through the Local Economic Development (LED) Directorate to start their own business such as
car wash and hair salons. Other opportunities for young people come through the Expanded Public Works Programme
(EPWP) and tender opportunity,” explained
Mayor Kgaile. 

The Office of the Mayor also offers bursaries annually to the city’s best performing matriculant.