Farmers from the Lejweleputswa district recently showed their support for their local community by donating funds to sponsor athletes from the Summerville Primary School near Bultfontein. “Summerville is one of the poorest schools in the district. Some of the school’s athletes qualified to represent their school in athletics in Bloemfontein, but did not have the necessary funds,” says Tracy Marobobo, a young Bonsmara farmer from the Free State and representative of the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (Afasa) and National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organization (Nerpo) in the Lejweleputswa district of the Free State province.

Of the nine athletes, three qualified for the next rounds in Potchefstroom and Sasolburg. In previous years, qualifying athletes could not attend these events due to a lack of funds. Further funds are now being raised to send the qualifying athletes to their respective events. The kids were overwhelmed and are still very excited about the opportunity.

I would like to thank all our farmers from Afasa and Nerpo in the Lejweleputswa district, specifically me Thaele, mr Khothule, mr Fotoi, mr Khambule, mr Brodie, me Marobobo and mr Letsitsa for their support.” – Press release

From the left is Tracy Marobobo from Afasa and Nerpo; mr Mobe, coach; the athletes Pulane Mafabatho, 10, Tsietsi Kato, 17, Likhoele Honki, 12; and headmaster, mr Malefane.