Lekgwathi Reveals How Katsande Helped Rebuild His Dream

Lethabo Kganyago
January 19, 2022

Former Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi has revealed how Willard Katsande has helped him rebuild his ‘Grootman’ restaurant after it was destroyed in last year’s looting.

Lekgwathi’s restaurant, which was initially based in Kliptown, Soweto, was reopened in Southdale, southern Johannesburg last week after it had been completely destroyed during last year’s looting, with Lekgwathi estimating the damages at R400 000 at the time.

Several football icons such as Dr Khumalo, Yeye Letsholonyane and Thabo Matlaba came for the relaunch of ‘Grootman’ and the support from all corners of the country has left Lekgwathi near speechless.

“I’m humbled and grateful because at last we managed to launch or to re-open Grootman and the launch went very well,” he told iDiski Times.

“The people came in numbers to support, but we still have to follow the rules of COVID-19. And yeah, people come in numbers.

“The thing is that it was not only the players or the legends, even like actors and singers they came to support me, so they came to support because they were so happy, they heard about the looting. 

“And it was nice to see my former coach Augusto Palacios, Dr Khumalo cutting the ribbon with me, the likes of Yeye Letsholonyane, my former teammates, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Thabo Matlaba and my MC of the day Brighton Mhlongo and my friends, Magents Edward Motale, you know the list is endless. 

“Thank you so very much, especially to the public and to the business people and to the organizations you know for making sure I’m back on my on my feet.”

Lekgwathi also revealed how former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande helped him to rebuild ‘Grootman’.

“We found the site where to start the shop, I remember I was busy with MTN 8,” he says.

“My business partner met with him [Katsande] because he has a construction business so he said he can help us to set up the shop and the shop looks nice.”

“He’s done a great job, you know, with reasonable costs and not forgetting one of my friends Pule, he came in, because I think there was a time where he (Katsande) was busy so Pule came in to finish the touch-ups.”

Story by Lethabo Kganyago (@Ngwanamogoto).

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