Best of the Limpopo best acknowledged

POLOKWANE – The men and women who have made the province proud over the past year were awarded for their hard work and perseverance.

Read more: Sports awards to honour Limpopo’s stars

During her speech the MEC for Sport, Thandi Moraka said the event seals the heritage month celebration. Her main focus was on the transformation of sport in the province.

Recreation Body of the Year winners, Diketo Structure.
From left is Refilwe Mojela (chairperson), Philly Mogotlane (player), Moses Motena(player), Kholofelo Malapile(player), Ivan Mpahlele( manager) and Thommy Ngobeni (coach)

“We have witnessed great sportsmanship and remarkable success. I wish to applaud the amazing determination and efforts of every man and woman. We need to work towards building up young men and women to represent Limpopo. We need to allocate more resources to help develop school sport to encourage mass participation by learners. Such an investment will ensure a highly engaged youth; healthy and cohesive communities in the province and indeed the entire country,” the MEC said.

Ashley Rasebotsa with Ncane Mahlangu

The winners:

• Team of the year went to Limpopo Volleyball Junior Girls Team.

• Coach of the year went to Thabo Molokomane.

• Sportsman of the year went to Chris Moleya.

• Sport Administrator of the year went to Mashilo Matsetela.

• Journalist of the year went to Robert Mathye.

• Newcomer of the year went to Lucas Lamola.

• School team of the year went to Morwathebe Combined School.

• Developing school team of the year went to Hasani Mninginisi School.

• Recreation body of the year went to Diketo Structure.

• Indegenous games team of the year went to Ncuva Structure.

• Sportswoman of the year with disability went to Anna Majawela Ngobe.

• Sportsman of the year with disability went to Ishmael Nkuna.

• Volunteer of the year went to Benard Boshomane.

• Federation of the year went to Limpopo Softball Association.

• Sportswoman of the year went to Matsela Motsai.

• Photographer of the year went to Lebogang Makwela.

Education HOD Ndiambani Beauty Mutheiwana and the Limpopo sports co federation president Vhavenda Vho-Muneri enjoy a char as they await the start of the Limpopo sports awards.

The MEC’s Excellence Awards were also handed out, honouring men and women in their different fields:

• Phuti Kgomo, the first softball umpire from Limpopo to umpire on international level.

• Cecilia Molokwane, the President of Netball South Africa.

• Frans Mogashoa, National Manager in the South African Football Association responsible for Coaching Education.

• Kenneth Neluvhalani, newly appointed Chairperson of the University Sport South Africa ( USSA) responsible for football.

• Mike Makhubela, elected as the General Secretary of Volleyball South Africa.

• Moses Ngobeni, elected Vice Chairperson of the South African Majorettes and Cheerleading Association.

• Joe Mahomole, elected the President of Chess South Africa

• Kgothatso Montjane, the first black woman to compete at the Wimbeldon championships and reach the semifinals stage.

• Black Leopards FC, team won the promotion play-offs and bounced back to the Absa Premiership for 2018/19 season.

• Ria Ledwaba, first woman Vice President of the South African Football Association in the National Council meeting in June 2018.

Hanru Botha and Claudette Richards attend the Limpopo Sports awards evening at Jack Botes Hall.

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