In honour of Women’s month, Mercedes-Benz South Africa and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa hosted a breakfast featuring two women-only panels at the vehicles Paarl Dealership in Cape Town.
The main speakers at the sixth annual sports breakfast were three Laureus Ambassadors, former Banyana Banyana Captain, Amanda Dlamini; former SA Netball Captain, Zanele Mdodana; and SuperSport Women Sports Talk Presenter, Cynthia Tshaka and South African cricketer Laura Wolvaardt
The panel also included Laureus Trustee, Ntambi Ravele together with Executive Director of PeacePlayers South Africa and YES Programme Alumni, Nasiphi Khafu; CoolPlay Programme Representative and YES Programme protégé, Nokulunga Mvandaba; and Thembisa Ngamlana from Boxgirls SA, all representing their respective Laureus supported projects.
SuperSport’s Motshidisi Mohono, featuring female sports personalities hosted the event.
Laureus Trustee Ntambi Ravele said as a woman in sport she has stood out amongst the crowd,
“You need to keep your eye on the ball and focus on your goals to be successful in sport. It is a competitive environment that requires you to match your passion with dedication,” said Ravele.
MBSA said it is proud to be the patron of The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and its beneficiaries – the 25 community-based sports programmes around the country.
The car manufacturer said it also contributes to the Laureus Youth Empowerment through Sport (YES) programme, saying education and youth development is a central pillar in its Corporate Social Responsibility focus.
Event organizers said the success of the YES programme is clear in the calibre of leaders, young women it has produced over the years.
Participants highlighting the incredible role that young women play in leading the way and breaking down social barriers.
“It’s been a fruitful four years since we became the country patron for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa. Through this partnership, we continue to contribute to develop the youth of South Africa through sport, supporting a positive social change in the communities where Laureus is active”, commented Abey Kgotle, Executive Director of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Mercedes-Benz South Africa.
This year marks the 4th consecutive year of the annual breakfast series. MBSA, in partnership with Laureus, has hosted five sport-themed breakfasts at various Mercedes-Benz dealerships across the country.
The sixth breakfast in the series to take place at the Mercedes-Benz East London Plant on September 5 will feature some of our country’s most extraordinary boxing talent.
The breakfasts bring together seasoned sporting personalities who unpack the power of sport and its ability to create change in South Africa with a great emphasis on the astounding work that the Laureus Foundation undertakes globally.