Municipality builds multi-million rand stadium

Masilonyana Local Municipality mayor, Steve Koalane, is spearheading a project to build a multi-million rand state-of-the-art sports complex in Wynburg.

The municipality has commenced the construction of the R18-million sport complex in Makeleketla Township in Wynburg. The construction of the sport complex has created 42 jobs.

The complex boasts two tennis courts, a soccer pitch, grandstands and ablution block. It will respond to issues of sport development raised by Wynburg residents during the municipal IDP programme.

Koalane said residents have been asking for a sports complex for the youth in the area.

“We realised that there were no sports and recreation facilities in the Wynburg where children could play and entertain themselves safely. The dilapidated stadium in town was just too far from residents who need those facilities.

“This facility will have a profound impact on social cohesion and sport development in the area. I am confident it will enable young people to nurture their talent and end up playing in professional leagues in the future,” said Koalane.

The mayor said sport is important in instilling discipline and leadership skills among the youth.

Mojalefa Mokoena (17) said he is grateful for the new sports complex. He said youth previously had no access to sporting and training facilities after the local stadium was vandalized.

“We have soccer teams here but there are no facilities where we can practice, train or hold our matches. I really want to applaud the municipality for realizing the importance of sport and taking our future in sporting more seriously.

“I may not become Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in the future but one never knows. Wynburg may produce one of the most recognised footballers or sportsman in the future if we are supported with the necessary facilities,” said Mokoena.

The project is scheduled for completion in June this year.