FORMER Springbok rugby player
Malotana , who is coordinating the Queen’s College outreach project, believes it has the potential to change lives.
Malotana , speaking at a breakfast function at Roche House last Thursday, said the project would have been a great opportunity for him as a youth.
In attendance was QC headmaster Brendan Grant, deputy headmaster Wayne Joubert, assistant project coordinator Zuko Xoseni, chief sport organiser of the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC), Mawetu Maseti and principals from six primary schools in Komani.
The rugby outreach project was launched last year with four schools – Louis Rex Primary, Nonesi Primary, Lukhanj Primary and St Theresa’s Primary – participating. The project has since expanded by adding two Ezibeleni schools – Sixishe Primary and Howard Ben Mazwi Primary.
Malotana said the aim was to host Easter rugby festivals for the age groups of U12, U13 and U17.
Grant said Queen’s was passionate about the programme, with matches to take place at the school’s sports grounds. “The project is going to give hope to the youth of the Chris Hani district. Komani has produced rugby players who are playing at national level, the likes of Lwazi Mvovo who was a pupil at Maria Louw High School, and S’bu Sithole from Queen’s College.”
A team to compete at Craven Week would be selected with an initial 30 candidates to be chosen from the schools, said assistant coordinator Zuko Xoseni.
Malotana and Xoseni introduced BokSmart to the schools, for coaches, referees administrators and players to familiarise themselves with the safety and best practice principles.
“Our vision is to have a rugby league where the township schools will play against the former model C schools,” said Xoseni.
Howard Ben Mazwi principal Noluthando Dyi said she was excited about the project.
An Old Queenian who wants to remain anonymous has sponsored the outreach project. “We are knocking on doors to look for more sponsorship, but since Twizza is one of the sponsors of Queen’s College, we are currently having talks with them,”