On Tuesday, 12 April 2016 Akhule Mgoqi, a grade-five learner at Zwelihle Primary School, became the proud owner of a brand new school jersey.
Akhule belongs to the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club (OWBC), through which founder and Chairperson Mzi Damesi provides sporting opportunities such as boxing to the townships in the area.
Earlier this year the two met with Executive Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie.
It was then that the Mayor was filled in on the silver medal that the young boxing dynamo had achieved at a national boxing competition held in Gauteng in June 2015. Moreover, Akhule was also selected to be part of the national athletic squad set to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban.
Heartened by the plucky youngster’s story, the Mayor endeavoured to assist by issuing an appeal to the community and local business to aid him and the Club.
Botha-Guthrie also made the commitment to donate a new school jersey to Akhule since the one he wore at the time was rather threadbare and too small.
On receiving the jersey from Resandt, the grateful grade-five learner said, “I will wear this jersey with pride as the Mayor especially got it for me. With winter coming, I know I will be warm and not have to worry about the cold seeping in through the holes like it did with my old one.”