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Solly Malatsi.

Young leader puts youth first


With the registration of a legacy foundation a fortnight ago, Democratic Alliance Parliamentarian Solly Malatsi intends investing the advantages of youthfulness, a passion for sport and acumen gained in the political arena in the future of Limpopo’s next generation.
Having recently registered the SM Legacy Sports Foundation as a non-profit organisation, Malatsi plans to bring on board pre-identified partners for projects aimed at empowering and educating young men and women through the provision of platforms presented by varying sporting codes and commitment to social responsibility programmes.
The first activity under the umbrella of the legacy foundation is a football tournament planned for mid-June to coincide with the commemoration of Youth Day at Ga-Dikgale, where Malatsi hails from. Earlier this year he created a platform for sporting codes through a soccer tournament in the areas that led to the idea for a series of events, coupled with the added bonus of an educational asset, being born.
The main focus, he said, would be on teenagers from rural environs and ultimately both genders through the use of sport as a vehicle to achieve set goals. Activities of the foundation, however, wouldn’t be limited to sport-related drives alone but will focus on varying events such as workshops to impart life skills, motivational guidance and empowerment for youngsters, explained Malatsi. The exchange of knowledge and training skills through programmes with excelling schools in the province would also be on the agenda, he pointed out.
Malatsi emphasised the existence of a pool of young talent in the province and a simultaneous lack of structure to identify talent or opportunities for it to be nurtured and develop youngsters into super stars. If it was supported properly Limpopo would be home to many stars, he reckoned.
He pointed out the importance of support for securing partnerships and creating awareness about the efforts of the foundation. Malatsi conceded that he considered himself fortunate to be in a position to contribute to the things he was passionate about and bring together people who could contribute to the cause.