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Rural and Farms Sports Tournament showcases sporting talent

This prestigious annual sporting event started in 2002 and today sees over 22 000 learners participating in inter‐house competitions during the year, which culminates in a three day long National Tournament. This year over 2000 participants will be uniting for the opening ceremony at the Boksburg Stadium on Monday 1 October.

Michael Moloto, Senior Manager: SportDignitaries, sport celebrities, former‐Miss South Africa, Bokang Montsane and Transnet Group Chief Executive, Brian Molefe, will all be attending the opening ceremony and showing their support for these rising sports stars of the Rural and Farms Sport Tournament. Although South Africa is rich in sporting talent, much of our potential talent sits undiscovered.

In order for the country’s future stars to be discovered, talented youngsters must first be identified, nurtured and developed into the heroes of tomorrow.

Transnet realised the unique opportunities created by sport, and felt obliged to go the extra mile to use their expertise and resources for the social benefit of all South Africans. As such, they have strategically made use of their CSI budget in order to give sporting opportunities to young sportsmen and women that would ordinarily not have access to such programmes.

Preliminary rounds for the tournament kicked off months ago when 22 000 learners from 75 different schools participated in an inter‐house competition. 5000 learners were selected to participate in the four regional tournaments where that figure was further narrowed down to 2000. These learners will be participating in the final, the National Rural and Farms Sports Development Tournament that commences bright and early Tuesday for the duration of the week.

Annually, Transnet spends between R140 million and R160 million directly through the Foundation and the other R20 million through other divisions. The Transnet Foundation has six portfolios – education, health, employee volunteerism, container assistance, special projects and sport. The sport portfolio receives the second largest budget, which is then split between the Transnet school of Excellence and the Transnet Rural and Farm Schools Tournament.

The Transnet Rural and Farms Development project is aimed at forming holistically run sports leagues for boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 19 in rural areas. This initiative undertaken by the Transnet Foundation intends to nurture, and develop our future sporting stars in netball, football, chess and athletics.

The programme has seen a number of its learners win sporting scholarships and selected for national sports teams and regional soccer programmes. This year’s event begins at 17h00 on 1 October with an opening ceremony including an Olympic style procession, traditional dancers, live bands and a fireworks display. Competitors, sports scouts, media and dignitaries will spend the next three days witnessing up‐and‐coming sports talent in all four disciplines.

Comments (5)
  1. Moses Ndebele:
    Jul 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM

    Hi good day my name is Moses Ndebele im a 29 year old Soweto born male and currently ressiding there im intrested in Transnets rural and sports projects and willing to relocate to Rural areas to work in those projects together with Transnet,.I would like to be part of the project in developing the youth in Agriculture and Sports since i have attended a course in Hydroponic Tunnel Farming in one of the skills development centres in Soweto and i have a certificate in Tunnel Farming that i like the most and seek help from Transnet to make my vision a success.My focus is to get the young black South African youth intrested in this form of farming or agriculture as a whole threw these kind of projects,i would like Transnet to fund me to help develop the youth in sports and agriculture by having sports that are stigmatically known to be that of white people e.g (swimming,rugby,cricket and hockey) i want to see young black sports people doing well in those codes.In farming or Agriculture i would love to see the youth having the right farming skills and helping to fight poverty in South Africa and Africa as a whole,so please Transnet help me by putting me in any of your development projects as i am currently not working and eager to do something of that perspective and im also eager to contacts is 0791155328 and my E-mail is

  2. Zanele Tinus:
    Oct 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Hi my name is Zanele Tinus from Mossel bay,I am 24 years old playing soccer and referee soccer.I love sport and have passion in sport would like to be part of the trasnet rural sport project,I have been working as a sport assistant for 5 years contact details are 078 1982 041,,0446903985

  3. Jabulani Ncubuka:
    Apr 08, 2016 at 04:53 PM

    My name is Jabulani Ncubuka from Bethlehem,I am a chess development officer and implementer for the past 30 years.I would like to partner with you.Your assistance will be highly email fax 0867626530 cell 0743816716

  4. Transnet Foundation:
    May 04, 2016 at 05:19 PM

    Please contact SAFA directly on SAFA: 086 604 4406, SAFA Office: +27 11 974 1999, SAFA Office 2: +27 11 974 1799, SAFA Cell: +2783 274 8308

  5. Transnet Foundation:
    May 04, 2016 at 05:21 PM

    Please email or phone us. See contact page for details.

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