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Sports, Arts and Culture responds to Tshilapfene sporting challenges

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

Following a request by villagers for a community hall, library and an upgrading of sports fields at Tshilapfene in the Vhembe District Municipality, the Limpopo Provincial Government has requested community leaders together with the Thulamela Local Municipality to submit a formal letter of request to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.

The Provincial Government sees the three initiatives significant due to the fact that sports are considered as major uniting tools in communities and/in the globe at large. Over and above that, the investment in cultural and community infrastructure is also essential for the health, social wellbeing and economic prosperity of all residents in the country.

A community library would also play an instrumental role in the lives of the villagers from in and around Tshilapfene area, during the completion of these projects, as it will provide adequate resources and services in a variety of media to meet the needs of individuals to acquire education and information from a proximate place instead of travelling approximately 80kilometres to the Makhado Library.

Representing the MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture Mme Onicca Moloi who was absent due to other commitments during the recent EXCO/IMBIZO outreach held at Tshilapfene last week, Treasury MEC Honourable Rob Tooley confirmed that the Provincial department (Of Sports, Arts and Culture) will work collectively with the national department to assist in assessing the funds to construct sports fields in the areas affected with lack of sporting facilities.

However, for these objectives to be implemented, the MEC emphasised that these projects at Tshilapfene will be considered in the 2018/19 financial year.