Nelson Mandela Bay, previously known as a knockout boxing region in the Eastern Cape, is working towards reclaiming its glory days with the launch of an Amateur Boxing Program over the weekend.
“Sport is crucial to develop the nation to be disciplined and committed to do well. We need to encourage young people to actively participate in all sporting codes instead of getting involved in drugs and substance abuse or related criminal activities. As government we have to take the lead in this regard,” Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Benson Fihla said.
He told a lively crowd at a launch on Saturday at the Babs Madlakane Hall in Kwanobuhle that the support given to boxing was the beginning of more sport development programs by the municipality. This local government institution previously aided the Nelson Mandela Bay Amateur Boxing Association (NMBABA) with a R90 000 grant for its development programs.
“We need to elevate Nelson Mandela Bay and build on our reputation as a city that produced World Champions and stop the exodus of our talent leaving our shores to seek greener pastures elsewhere.
“However sport development programs can only be sustained if the private sector plays their part. We therefore call on business to invest in the raw talent that we have”.
A visibly excited Nelson Mandela Bay Amateur Boxing Association Chairman Phakamisa Mfama said the partnership with the municipality is a step in the right direction.
“We are excited about this launch and can now see a bright future for our boxers. Boxing