Spur Steak Ranches giving back to its communities through Sports
August 1, 2019
Date: 03 July 2019
Sport is a unifying factor in our nation, as the great Nelson Mandela said “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire and unite people in a way that little else does.”
As Spur Steak Ranches, it is important for us to place value on sporting in our community as is shown by our involvement in over 500 sporting events annually across South Africa.
Sponsorship & Events Manager at Spur Corporation Khakhi Diala who helps children across South Africa take part in sport through the company’s sporting initiatives said Spur Steak Ranches saw the need to develop rugby, cricket, soccer and life skills programmes among young South Africans from previously disadvantaged areas.
Spur Steak Ranches partnered with the only T20 style night schools cricket and netball programme in the country. This initiative with 3800 children named the Spur Montrose Night Challenge, has been providing boys and girls with an opportunity to compete since 2010. Fast bowler Wandile Makwetu, who played for the SA cricket U/19 side, participated in the Spur Montrose Night Challenge for three years and has a great cricket future ahead of him.
In rugby, Spur Steak Ranches has been the main sponsor of Ithembelihle team from New Brighton in Port Elizabeth since 2008. The company continues to provide the school with rugby kits, transport, accommodation, and meals for their fixtures all over the country.
In addition, Spur Steak Ranches is proudly introducing more learners to bikes through the Spur Schools MTB league which is the biggest of its kind on the continent and second largest worldwide.
“All of Spur Steak Ranches’ efforts are reflective of the value we place on developmental programmes in townships. As the Spur Group, we have been successful in training several young people who have since become part of greater teams,” Diala said.
The Spur Soccer Masidlale Programme launched in 2005 has touched the lives of over 30 000 boys and girls aged 10-12 years within communities across South Africa.
A shining example is Anelisa Ndyebi who was selected for the SA U/17 and U/20 women’s soccer team. She was introduced to soccer through the Spur Masidlale Programme.
“Our main mission is to give every boy and girl the opportunity to shine and reach their full potential. It is a positive impact that has a ripple effect on families and whole communities,” Diala said.
Spur Corporation was beginning to see first-hand how the model of using sport to inspire our youth, and effect positive change, is gaining more momentum in communities.
“We certainly hope that when we look back 10 years from now, children from South African families have an opportunity to represent our national teams, and we at Spur have played our part in unifying the nation,” Diala said.