Thembi Nkadimeng, Polokwane Executive Mayor, hosted the 5th Executive Mayor’s Golf Charity Cup at the Polokwane Golf Club on Friday.
More than 130 golfers participated in the event and enjoyed a day of fun and took the opportunity to make a contribution towards a commendable project that raises money to assist charitable organisations and to provide bursaries to students from disadvantaged families.
Addressing the players, Nkadimeng said that the event will give a shot in the arm to the most underprivileged members of the Polokwane community. “Since its inception in 2010, the event contributed not less than R10 million towards the development of charity organisations and bursaries to the most needy children in Polokwane. We have up to date paid no less than 86 bursaries and in the next year the municipality is ready to incorporate about 20 graduates who benefited from the bursary scheme so that we ensure the contribution is more meaningful to the people of Polokwane,” Nkadimeng said.
Nkadimeng alluded to the partnership between the municipality and Lahom Clothing, Standard Bank, Lepelle Northern Water, AM Consulting Engineers, Vharanani Properties and Boitshoko Road Surfacing and Civil Works and said “Your participation in this event demonstrates that we have a business community that understands that we are striving towards creating a more caring society.”
Nkadimeng also took the opportunity to acknowledge the erstwhile mayor, Freddy Greaver, who was present, for initiating the project and to Council for allowing her to continue with the initiative.
“To ensure that funds raised are allocated to worthy causes, the municipality is coordinating the beneficiaries together with traditional authorities, faith based organisations, non-governmental organisations and the youth. Over the years, charity organisations benefiting from this tournament received R30 000 each,” Nkadimeng said and concluded by saying that the municipality is looking at ways of making the golf event more exciting and to attract more golfers, businesses and residents to participate. The winners were Mpho Makhado (Men, 0 to 9 handicap), Peet Swart (Men, 10 to 16 handicap), Raymond Martin (Men, 17 and up handicap) and Phindo Mohlala (Ladies).