When the minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa announced that there would be a relief fund of R150 million to help sporting federations as well as Sports personalities, not everyone who is involved in sports was ‘included’.
This includes the security personnel who work hard to ensure that the athletes, match officials and federation are safe at all times when they participate.
Their exclusion from the relief fund has prompted a group called Pushipassion led by award winning seasoned referee Victor Hlungwani to start an initiative towards assisting the security personnel.
“When the Department of sport, Arts and Culture announced the relieve funds for sports personalities, we noted that security personnel who works part time on Absa Premiership league matches were not included as the federations were the only ones allowed to apply,” Hlungwani told FARPost.
“I then engaged the WhatsApp group members of “Pushipassion” about the situation and we then agreed to contribute towards assisting the security personnel. Pushipassion members agreed to contribute from R200 upwards and we have now raised R3 000,” he said.
“Our target is R25 000 as there are 20-45 security personnel who work on category A matches of the league. They are not employed and work on a part-time basis to control the gates,” added the 2011/2012 PSL Referee of the Season.
The initiative was registered through the Limpopo Sports Wise NPO which is formed by Sports personalities and officials including Hlungwani, David Mathebula (former player), Tonic Chabalala (former player), Tebogo Monyai (SAFPU) and Vusi Ntimane (TS Sporting).
Those willing to assist can deposit to: Limpopo Sports wise (Reg 092-078 NPO)
FNB Cheque Account; 62699292696, Branch code, Vereeniging 250655.
By Ofhani Munyai