The Limpopo Championships in partnership with the Limpopo Tourism Board on Tuesday donated R200,000 to the Limpopo Premier Bursary Trust Fund.
Established in 2002, the Fund helps students from needy families, including orphans, child-led families, unemployed parents, and people with disability to make their dreams realised, furthering their studies.
Premier Chupu Mathabatha said in a statement that the gathering is one of the rare instances, accepting gifts on behalf of the people, adding that the donation brings joy and pleasure for him to be among the donors.
“The individuals and organisations who made this gathering possible deserve to be celebrated. They encourage us to do more and continue serving the needy and oppressed,” Mathabatha said.
Premier Mathabatha said his government recognized the success of the Limpopo Tourism Board partnership focuses on sports tourism to raise awareness of our province.
Mathabatha added the focus of the partnership is on the Waterberg Biosphere and its lush international golf course.
The Waterberg District is one of the top tourism destinations in the province, attracting over 3 million visitors from Gauteng every year.
Limpopo Championship is the first professional golf tournament in the country co-sanctioned by the European Challenge Tour, and its prize money increased from R 1 500,000 in 2019 to R 3 500,000, in 2020 making it the 5th largest out of 23 tournaments in Southern Africa.
It attracted 104 European players, increasing the field from 139 to 204, resulting in the event hosted at two golf courses, Koro Creek and Euphoria in Waterberg.
There were 315 temporary jobs with over 5 000 visitors during the tournament.
“Having gathered here this morning, we wholeheartedly appreciate this contribution to the fund. Besides, we are making a clarion call to other businesses and non-governmental organisations to come forward and contribute to this noble cause,” said Premier Mathabatha.
Deserving students can send bursary applications to the Premier’s Trust Fund starting on November 17, 2020.
Application forms are available at 41 Church Street on the second floor. For more information, students in need can contact Ms. Ntotole Matlakala during office hours at (015) 287 6237.