KwaZulu Natal Department of Sports and Recreation MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela has pledged his support to KwaZulu Natal clubs playing professional football.
MEC Mavimbela vouched that the Department will always back all the KZN clubs participating in professional football and disclosed the financial support provided to the teams.
The province has three clubs campaigning in the DStv Premiership: Golden Arrows, AmaZulu and Maritzburg United, while the likes of Uthongathi, Richards Bay and Royal AM represent KZN in the GladAfrica Championship.
Mavimbela revealed during the KZN Premier’s Cup launch that the prize money for the tournament will be equally shared amongst all the clubs, instead of having winners taking all.
“As the Department we take pride in all our teams, which is why we always go out of our way to give support where necessary,” said Mavimbela.
“Last year, following the cancellation of the Premier’s Cup, the Department spent R2.8 million to assist our seven clubs with resources while they were playing to complete the 2019/20 the Premiership and GladAfrica championship seasons under the bio-bubble in Gauteng.
“This year, each of the six participating teams will receive a preparation fee of R585 000,” continued Mavimbela.
“It is during these times of uncertainty that we need sport more than ever before. Sport is crucial in uplifting the public mood, creating social cohesion, rebuilding confidence in the nation building project and driving economic recovery.
“The Department is committed to utilize sport as a powerful tool to achieve socio-economic transformation of our society,” she concluded.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter