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Victor Hlungwane & Players Give Back To Community

The 2021 edition of the Limpopo Sports Wise foundation road show started in Xithlelani village at New Era College on Monday. Lethabo Kganyago reports.

This is a weeklong road show where South African Football Association (SAFA) referee Victor Hlungwane along with some Premier Soccer League stars target high schools in Limpopo to discuss matters such as education, finance, bullying, drugs & alcohol abuse, HIV and AIDS, teenage pregnancy and sports.

Hlungwane says this is a project close to his heart and he is pleased that even after 10 years they still have the energy for it.

“We started in 2008 a very long time with Tonic Chabalala, David Mathebula and Ishmael Maluleke. Now it’s 2021 it’s over 10 years and we are really excited to have the energy to still continue motivating our learners. This is a new school that we came to today and you can see the reception and the discipline of the kids made our lives easy,” Hlungwane told the media at the event.  

Hlungwane says in the past 13 years he has been running this, teachers and learners have given him positive feedback of how useful the road shows have been.

“We do have learners that come back to us for example there is a learner who we went to his school in Nwamatatani village he is working for Coca Cola now. To my surprise he gave me some give-aways to give to the learners in the past three years that shows the impact. He just gave me a call and said Bra Vic are you still continuing with the programme I said yes and he said you motivated me  and now I’m an events coordinator and I have some presents to give to the learners,” added Hlungwane. 

Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke shared with the learners how alcohol abuse almost ended his career citing the incident that saw him dismissed with others at Baroka in 2018. Hlungwane says it’s the real life experiences that actually go a long way in motivating learners.

“As one relates to the learners you could see them bow their heads down to show that they really feel the pain exactly like me when the bullying incident happened in Thohoyandou when I was watching the funeral on TV I had tears. So if you could see the reaction of the learners as Oscarine was relating his story of being fired because of alcohol, discouraging learners from indulging in alcohol and focus on their learning that’s really good. When we come to a school we just need one student we don’t need all but one student who will take the message home,” added the whistle man. 

Black Leopard midfielder Wiseman Maluleke spoke to the learners about peer pressure saying they should be careful of being led astray and putting themselves under unnecessary pressure. Maluleke says he wasn’t exposed and didn’t have access to his role models growing up and feels it would have made a lot of difference. Meanwhile Orlando Pirates man Justice Chabalala shares Maluleke’s sentiments adding that he always appreciates an opportunity to give back to his community.

“It’s very important that we give them what we have because we didn’t get this kind of opportunity. Today it’s all about them, I tell them about the future because a lot of people believe that if you are not educated you won’t find a job or you won’t succeed in your life but in different careers you can make things happen,” said Chabalala.  

On Tuesday the road show moves to Marimane High school in Makhado then takes a break on Youth Day.  It will then resume on Thursday at Abel Junior Secondary school in Letaba and conclude at Ndengeza high in the greater Giyani municipality.

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