Saturday 11th July could have easily been a sombre day for Kaizer Chiefs’ football manager, Bobby ‘Bobsteak’ Motaung.
But as the Holy Book says in Proverbs 11:25, “whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” Bobsteak left Kgabalatsane village, in the Hebron area, a revived man after brightening the lives of 200 people.
Those close to him will remember that 12 years ago, exactly a day after his birthday, he laid his sister Mpho to rest on 11 July. His late brother Thabo, who passed on 8 years ago, was also born on 11 July.
The astute football administrator turned 50 on Friday and celebrated the major milestone by gifting 200 people food parcels and winter clothing in the North West province courtesy of We.Solve and FARPost respectively.
A jolly Motaung said he was glad to celebrate half a century by “sharing with the people” during a difficult period as the ravaging pandemic Covid-19 has affected many people’s livelihoods.
In line with the Covid-19 regulations, the recipients were divided into small groups as they received the timeous packages.
Motaung expressed his delight and shared with the FARPost team, led by Editor Tiyani wa ka Mabasa, why it was vital for him to share with the community.
“It’s half a century, it’s a milestone, I’m humbled by life itself. It brings humility and sanity to one to appreciate life, and go back to the 50 years,” BobSteak told FARPost on the side-lines of the event.
He expressed his gratitude for the gift of life, adding it was a joy to have people around him just to celebrate.
“I could not have the 50 years without the support, love, spirit and energy of the people around me, meaning football, family and life itself. Reaching 50 is a journey and an honour for me to be alive and to be here to celebrate with the people, even under the circumstances of the Coronavirus.
“But I had to honour this life and come back home… you know why it was in order despite the poor weather? It’s the spirit, energy and love of the people. People came here not because they are poor, but with love and honour,” continued BobSteak, whose grandparents are from Kgabalatsane.
In his school of thought, “life is about sharing” to brighten other people’s lives.
“I’m here for that – it’s not a show and it’s not a game. I’m honoured.”
Earlier on Friday, he received a heart-warming phone call from his revered dad Kaizer Motaung wishing him a joyful birthday, the same year Chiefs also turned 50 years old.
“I got a call from my father (Kaizer Motaung) wishing me a happy birthday… it was special for me to get a call from my father on my 50th birthday,” he concluded.
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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa