16 June 2019


Sport can transform society – Mokgoro   

by: Thebeetsile Daddy Keameditse   date: 20 july 2018

Premier of Bokone Bophirima, Professor Job Mokgoro, believes that sport - football in particular - has got the unique ability to heal, unite and transform society for the better. 

The Premier was speaking at the Maize Cup gala dinner to mark the beginning of the fourth edition of the annual Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup tournament, which took place last Saturday [14 July 2018] at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Matlosana Local Municipality.
The Maize Cup gala dinner was attended by the provincial government leadership, soccer legends as well as representatives of the four soccer teams that took part in the tournament. They are Kaizer Chiefs, Buya Msuthu, Free State Stars and Chippa United football clubs. 
Premier Mokgoro said football had the ability to make a positive impact on the society.
“We have the responsibility to harness the power and appeal of the game to act as a catalyst for positive social change. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that the universal popularity and appeal of football makes it a common denominator for everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race and social standing,” said Prof Mokgoro.  
He said the provincial government remained committed to uniting the province to ensure that ugly scenes of violent protests, looting and destruction of property witnessed recently in various towns, townships and villages of this province were never seen again.  
“The Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup is one vehicle that we can use as government to reach out to citizens of our beautiful province as a means to reduce and eventually remove the trust deficit currently evident between the people and government. Through football, we can build social cohesion in the province,” said Prof Mokgoro. 
The pre-season tournament has managed to attract professional soccer teams with a massive following in this country, making it easier for government to communicate with the people using this platform. Kaizer Chiefs FC successfully defended the title as it won the Maize Cup again.