The Pimville-based Soweto Country Club received an almost R1 million cash injection from the City of Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Herman Mashaba, on Tuesday May 14 2019.
The money was from the 2018 Mayoral Charity Golf Day that was staged on 22 August 2018 at the Wanderers Country Club.
A cheque of R840 000 was received by the Lady Captain of the Club, Phindi Mlando, who was accompanied by the Men’s Captain, Madoda Nels.
“We have indeed exceeded all expectations,” said Mayor Mashaba. “What is really encouraging for me, is that this facility shows what we can do in this country. Economy and community development is built where there is a rule of law. There are many countries the world over that serve to confirm this success.”
He said that destroying a facility can be achieved overnight...but it generally takes time, determination and hard work to build a remarkable facility.
Mayor Mashaba thanked all the workers who have transformed the club, the City’s Events Director and the club’s lead administrator, Bongi Mokaba, as well as tireless fundraiser Selwyn Nathan, who is the Executive Director of the Southern Africa PGA Tour (Sunshine Tour) and all other sponsors.
Mokaba thanked Nathan for going beyond the country’s borders to raise sponsorship for the Soweto club. “This golf course is of a standard that can be anywhere in the world. Its quality would not have been possible without the sponsorship we’ve received through you selfless efforts.”
She announced that phone and wireless connectivity was switched on Tuesday.
Video clips showing the start of the project and its current status were screened.
“Sponsors can see what was done with their money. This is a council-owned facility and via the City’s Community Development Department, is available for use. A conference has been booked for June and there is also a wedding party that has made enquiries to come and use our course for photographs,” added Mokaba.
She also revealed that the Johannesburg Property Company has agreed to give more land for use as a driving range – usually used by players for warm-up before the start of tournaments.
Nathan urged the club’s administrators to make the facility accessible to the community. “This is how good relationships are made with people in the community.”