Photographed during the sod-turning ceremony are, from left to right, Mr Samuel Mbulaheni (father of the late Mbulaheni Mulaudzi), Ms Ester Malema (board member of Athletics South Africa), Cllr Mavhungu Luruli Ramakhanya, Cllr Shonisani Sinyosi and Thovhele Vele Kutama.

Sports centre to honour Mbulaheni Mulaudzi


A multimillion-rand sports centre named after the late 800-metre track star, Mbulaheni Mulaudzi, was launched at Muduluni last Friday. It is estimated that the centre will cost R16 million.

The community of Kutama was over the moon during the official sod-turning ceremony for the sports centre.

Mulaudzi died in a vehicle accident in 2014, and during his funeral, the then Minister of Sport, Mr Fikile Mbalula, promised that the government would build the sports centre to honour Mulaudzi. The National Lottery Commission will sponsor the centre, in partnership with Mavu Sports Development.

The centre will cater for soccer, netball, volleyball, athletics and tennis.

The provincial manager of the Lottery Commission, Mr Matsobane Legodi, said they were happy to sponsor new sports facilities for the dedicated and passionate members of the Kutama community. According to him, the lottery supports sports and community-development projects. He added that the project would be completed by the end of June this year. 

Mbulaheni’ father, Mr Samuel Mulaudzi, expressed his appreciation to the lottery commission for remembering the work done by his late son. During the ceremony, the mayor of the Makhado Local Municipality, Cllr Shonisani Sinyosi, said that she was over the moon with the new development.

Thanking the National Lottery for their donation, Thovhele Vele Kutama said that the facilities would enable them to unearth hidden sporting talent. “Our community will be able to compete with pride against others,” he added.

The late Mbulaeni Mulaudzi. © Chris Ricco/Backpagepix.


Date:26 January 2018

By: Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror in 2000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.

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