POLOKWANE – The gala brought the who’s who to Fusion Boutique Hotel on Thursday, 30 November and was a great start to the weekend which attracted more than 8 000 bikers to the city.
Local biker, Lugi Lugi Shivambu, was awarded biker of the year and most participating male rider, while Mandisa Beautiful Queen Ntsentse received the award for most participating female rider and female biker of the year.
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Former Sapa Yopa President, Sarel Nong received the legend award and Vice President, Thabisile Tilly the Great Buthelezi, received the iron lady award.
Sapa Yopa President, Johz Captain Dyhard Mamabolo thanked everyone for helping the club grow and pursue its goals since the club began nine years ago.
“When we started Sapa Yopa we were about five, today we have over 200 members in Polokwane alone. Our annual rally also forms part of the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. We as bikers are involved with many charity initiatives and want to help the destitute wherever we can. Among the projects we have done was to build a house for a destitute family in Seshego through the assistance of former president, Sarel Nong. It is amazing to see how many people support our rallies, especially this one which is the biggest rally in the Southern African Development Community (SADEC),” said Mamabolo.
Capricorn District Municipality Mayor, John Mpe, joined the festivities and said it was his honour and privilege to be part of this important and momentous occasion.
“I thank Sapa Yopa Motorcycle Club for bringing us together in this fashion to have a conversation about the unfortunate suffering of our mothers, wives, sisters, sons and daughters.
“The festive season is upon us and we know the excitement that comes with festivals, parties and binge-drinking as well as alcohol and substance abuse. These substances trigger thoughts and acts of violence which result in criminality both in our homes and on the streets. We therefore rely on the Sapa Yopa movement to make enough noise and spread the message of caring for our children and respecting women. These campaigns will help nurture young boys to become better citizens,” said Mpe.
He thanked Sapa Yopa for dedicating the gala dinner to unite and partner with like-minded sectors of the social strata and show intolerance towards abusers and violence.