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EXCITEMENT AND TRIUMPH AT THE 2023 METSHAMEKO SCHOOLS SPORTS FINALS


Image: The winning under-13 netball team, Rustenburg Noord Primary School
The winning under-13 netball team, Rustenburg Noord Primary School

The new Luka Sports Field, constructed for the community by Impala Rustenburg, bore witness to an action-packed showdown on 28 October 2023, as the Royal Bafokeng Sports Metshameko Programme finals took centre stage. The Royal Bafokeng Sports Metshameko Programme is a community-focussed collaboration between Impala Rustenburg, Royal Bafokeng Sports and Royal Bafokeng Holdings.


After months of dedication, competition and hard work from the young athletes, the event featured U/13 and U/17 netball and soccer matches, which showcased the carefully nurtured sporting talent of local schoolchildren. The exciting playoffs ended with a grand prizegiving and award ceremony, where the tournament winners were crowned and received trophies, medals and certificates.


Image: The winning under-13 soccer team, Photsaneng Primary School
The winning under-13 soccer team, Photsaneng Primary School

The winning school teams in each category were:

● U/13 netball: Rustenburg Noord Primary School

● U/13 soccer: Photsaneng Primary School

● U/17 netball: Grenville High School

● U/17 soccer: Tshukudu High School.


The 2023 Royal Bafokeng Sports Metshameko Programme kicked off in mid-June and involved more than 2 000 pupils from 30 primary and 23 high schools in the communities around Impala Rustenburg’s operations. These young athletes dedicated themselves to weekly coaching, games, and playoffs, honing their skills and their commitment to sports and teamwork. In total, 424 coaches, including 10 umpires and 12 volunteers, played an indispensable role in ensuring the success of the 2023 programme.


Image: The under-17 soccer defending champions from 2022, Tshukudu High School, won the 2023 tournament.
The under-17 soccer defending champions from 2022, Tshukudu High School, won the 2023 tournament.

The 16 school teams who made it through the playoffs were:

● U/13 netball: Rustenburg Noord, Seraleng, Banapele and Moremogolo

● U/13 soccer: Platinum Village, Photsaneng, Retlakgona and Tlhage

● U/17 netball: Grenville, Meriti, Lebone and Matale

● U/17 soccer: Platinum Village, Tshukudu, Sekete and Meriti.


Moses Motlhageng, Chief Executive of Impala Rustenburg, said: “Congratulations to all the teams that made it through to the finals, and to the champions on the day. The Royal Bafokeng Sports Metshameko Programme is an invaluable initiative, not only for sports development but also for bringing communities together. It fosters a sense of unity and cooperation among our youth, instilling valuable life skills that extend beyond the sports field.”


Image: Representatives of Royal Bafokeng Sports at the Metshameko finals (from left to right): Eugene Thipe, Head of Royal Bafokeng Sports, Councillor Tshepo Mekgoe, Royal Bafokeng, and Emile Smith, Sports Specialist, Royal Bafokeng Sports.
Representatives of Royal Bafokeng Sports at the Metshameko finals (from left to right): Eugene Thipe, Head of Royal Bafokeng Sports, Councillor Tshepo Mekgoe, Royal Bafokeng, and Emile Smith, Sports Specialist, Royal Bafokeng Sports.

“The Royal Bafokeng Sports Metshameko Programme is about more than just sports. It is about building character, instilling discipline, and fostering a spirit of teamwork. It is a testament to the power of community and the potential that lies within our youth.”


Eugene Thipe, Head of Royal Bafokeng Sports said: "The support of corporates should not be overlooked when discussing the development of children and youth. A perfect example of this is the work being done through the Metshameko programme by Royal Bafokeng Holdings and Impala Rustenburg. The contributions of these corporates will continue to nurture Rustenburg's future leaders."


Image: Impala Rustenburg's Poena Prinsloo (left), Executive: Business Improvement, and Blackie Swart, Senior HRD Co-ordinator: Education, at the Metshameko tournament finals
Impala Rustenburg's Poena Prinsloo (left), Executive: Business Improvement, and Blackie Swart, Senior HRD Co-ordinator: Education, at the Metshameko tournament finals

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