Steyn City School has turned into a hive of excitement as Bafana Bafana descend on the campus this week to try out the school’s new facilities and pitches.
The national soccer team is training at Steyn City School ahead of its match against the Seychelles team, on Saturday 13 October. The match is a qualifier for the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations, which will take place between 20 and 26 March 2019.
Steyn City School is both honoured and thrilled to host the national team, says headmaster Brian Mitchell. “This is, of course, a significant endorsement of the calibre of our facilities. But more than this, we have the opportunity to leverage some of the massive excitement created by Bafana Bafana’s presence to benefit our community.”
Mitchell is referring to the fact that Steyn City has invited players from the Diepsloot Stream Soccer Club to view their soccer heroes in action on the Steyn City School pitch later today. The players, ranging in age from 16 to 20, will be accompanied by their coaches, Ngoako Ramolesana and Thabo Wesi.
This is sure to be an inspiring and momentous occasion for the youngsters, Mitchell says, adding that Bafana Bafana’s presence at the school is adding impetus to Steyn City’s annual charity drive, Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot. The lifestyle resort is celebrating the seventh edition of this event, always highly anticipated by Diepsloot residents, by inviting people to become #SoleMates when they #PledgeAPair.
“This year, we’re focusing our efforts on collecting 13 000 pairs of school shoes for Diepsloot’s primary school learners,”
Explains Steyn City Properties’ CEO, Giuseppe Plumari. He adds that school shoes have been identified as a priority because many of South Africa’s children do not own this basic essential. Consequently, they are forced to walk to school barefoot in all types of weather, and often have to drop out during the winter when chilly temperatures threaten their health.
“It’s incredible to think that something as simple as a pair of shoes can affect a child’s education, but we have seen that this is, indeed, the case. That’s why we’re urging Steyn City residents, contractors, staff and the community-at-large to support our initiative.”
Bafana Bafana is showing its support by requesting their fans who have been invited to today’s exclusive viewing to donate sporting goods – either new or previously loved – to the initiative or donate a pair of school shoes.
Plumari is proud of the fact that the #PledgeAPair campaign will contribute directly to job creation, as all shoes (and the bags in which they are packaged) are manufactured by local companies.