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Dodgy R6,5 million stadium in Limpopo exposed

Research has proven beyond reasonable doubt that sport on its own assists young people to improve their learning and listening capabilities.

According to this specific research children who participate in sports tend to listen to their teachers. It has further been reported that the IQ of students who participate in sports and those who don't cannot be compared.

A few years back the Minister of Sports and Recreation launched a Rural Sports Development programme across the country with the objective of reviving sport and unearthing talent in rural areas with specific focus on areas that are under the Traditional Authorities and farms.

The Rural Sports Development Programme focuses on sporting codes such as netball, athletes, rugby and football. Since the initiative was launched a number of facilities more especially stadiums in rural areas were built. The most unfortunate part is that some of these facilities were not of standard and some have since not been used even in this day and age.

A few years back, six years ago to be precise the Department of Sports and Recreation built a stadium in the Honu Village outside Giyani in Limpopo. According to reports it has since been stated that R6,5 million was used to build the facility. Furthermore it has since been reported that the community of Honu refuses to use the facility as they regard it as a white elephant (useless) because it did not have a grass pitch.

Looking at the facility it seems as if the funds allocated for building this stadium were misused. With the Department of Sports and Recreation doing everything in their power to develop rural communities, a few days ago a R15 million stadium in the Eastern Cape was also exposed. At this point in time it seems as if there is a lot of dodgy dealings when coming to rural development.

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Department of Sports and Recreation Honu Limpopo Rural Sports Development Programme


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