Jamaica Sports Minister meets Tshwane’s Sport Elite
17 November 2013
Written by: Adv. Don Leffler, Founding Director, CDII (Community Development Initiatives International)
Photo’s by Louw Allan
CDII had the pleasure of meeting with the Sports Minister of Jamaica, the Honourable Natalie Neita-Headley (centre), the Jamaican High Commissioner, Her Excellency Norma Taylor Roberts (second from right), Jamiacan Minister-Counselor, John Clarke (third from left), and Advisor to the Minister of Sport, Vahlia Klein (far right). CDII Team seen here - Don Leffler, Mapula Tlhagale, Louw Allan and Rudi Geldenhuys. The Minister was visiting SA for the International Sport Doping Conference in Sandton.
“Our countries share a talent for sport and we have talent and skills to share and benefit from” said Jamaica’s Minister of Sport, Honourable Natalie Nieta-Headley during a tour of Loftus Stadium with Tshwane Sport talent over the weekend. “We look forward to growing our sports relationships with South Africa”, she added. The Minister, who was visiting South Africa for the first time, had attended the International Sport Doping Conference in Sandton, and was being hosted by CDII (Community Development Initiatives International) on a leisure Tour of Tshwane’s sport facilities and attractions.
Tshwane’s MMC for Sport, Councilor NoziphoTyobeka-Makeke welcomes the Jamaican Minister for Sport, the Honourable Natalie Neita-Headley, at Loftus Versveld Stadium as a guest of CDII and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union. In the background is Trott Moloto from Mamelodi Sundowns and accompanied by Mapitsa Poopedi, Executive Secretary to the MMC.
“The brief tour around Pretoria was aimed at strategically introducing Jamaica’s Minister of Sport to some of Tshwane’s sport leaders who are committed to identifying sport talent and the development of sport in communities in and around Tshwane” said CDII Director, Mapula Tlhagale. “We were thrilled to have the opportunity of introducing the Minister, her Advisor, Vahlia Klein, the Jamaican High Commissioner, Her Excellency Norma Taylor Roberts, and Minister-Counselor, John Clarke, to sports leaders and personalities from Tshwane”, she further said.
Jamaica’s Sports Minister with Mamelodi Sundowns’ Trott Moloto, Gauteng North Netball Associations’ Claudine Claassen, CDII’s Louw Allen, Don Leffler and Mapula Tlhagale and John Clarke from the Jamaica High Commission in Pretoria
Tshwane’s MMC for Sport, Councilor NoziphoTyobeka-Makeke, met up with the Jamaican tour group at Loftus Stadium where she warmly welcomed the Jamaicans.
MMC NoziphoTyobeka-Makeke greets Jamaican High Commissioner, Her Excellency Norma Taylor Roberts with Jamaican Sports Minister, Honourable Natalie Neita-Headley.
Responding to the Jamaican Sports Minister’s quip about Jamaica’s recent win over South Africa at the Fast Five Netball competition held in New Zealand, MMC Makeke said ”Tshwane is known as the home of champions and we welcome the opportunity of competing with other countries and clubs in different sport codes. We are committed to seeking talent amongst the youth and nurturing this talent to compete at the highest level and with the best teams”.
The CDII Team traveled to Jamaica during 2012, where they met with various Government Officials, sports personalities, academics and tourism specialists. Since this visit, CDII has facilitated, with the support and involvement of SA’s High Commissioner in Jamaica, Her Excellency, Mathu Joyini, and the Jamaican Embassy in SA, various community development projects around sport development, community tourism development, education and job creation.
“The leisure tour in Pretoria” said CDII’s Louw Allen “provided CDII with an opportunity to discuss sport development opportunities between Jamaica and South Africa and to introduce the Jamaican Minister of Sport and the High Commissioner to Mamelodi Sundowns’ Trott Moloto and the Sundowns Team. We also met with the Team Manager of the South African Fast Five Netball Team, Claudine Claassen, and members of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union Management Team who very kindly opened Loftus Stadium for the occasion”.
CDII’s Rudi Geldenhuys said “The Jamaica group was thrilled to meet the choreographer of the Pretoria-based Arts Revelation Song and Dance Ensemble, Oaitse (Switch) Sekgalo, who, they said, reminded them of the young Rasta’s back home. We hope that in the short time available, we were able to showcase the efforts of the City of Tshwane and of South Africa to develop local communities and talent”.
The brief Tour with the Jamaican group included a visit to Pretoria Zoo, the Union Buildings and a leisurely lunch at the Blue Crane Restaurant which offers a wide variety of South African cuisine”.
CDII’s Don Leffler said “we hope that our relationships with sport, tourism and education specialists in Jamaica will be further strengthened at a local grounds-root level through exchanges such as this visit and that these efforts will support and strengthen the various initiatives by the Governments of Jamaica and South Africa to extend and build upon their already very strong relationships”.