MSINSI RESORTS AND GAME RESERVES GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY OF MKHAMBATHINI, NAGLE DAM AND THULANI MBANJWA SPORT ACADEMY
Msinsi Resorts and Game Reserves, a subsidiary of Umgeni Water, has given back to the community of Mkhambathini, Nagle Dam, by partnering with Thulani Mbanjwa Sport Academy and donating canoeing equipment worth R150 000 through its Corporate Social Investment programme (CSI).
Thulani Mbanjwa, the first black South African to win the Dusi Marathon in 2008, is a world-renowned canoeist, who is the founder of Thulani Mbanjwa Sport Academy, established in 2018. The academy was founded by Mbanjwa as a way of giving back to his community and to develop the youth through sports. Since its inception, the academy has not had enough funds to acquire the equipment needed for canoeing. The academy currently has 16 students, young boys and girls from the area, who have only been taught how to swim as they had no equipment for the sport.
On Saturday, 29 May 2021, the partnership between Msinsi Resorts and Thulani Mbanjwa Academy was brought into fruition as Msinsi Resorts and Game Resorts handed over the much-needed sporting equipment for the sport. Equipment that was handed over included canoe boats, paddling sticks and life jackets. This was received with great excitement by Mbanjwa himself, the training coach of the academy, Mr Thembinkosi Ngcobo, who is eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Parks, Recreation and Culture, the students of the academy and Mr John Oliver the Administrator of the KZN Canoe Union.
“I am very grateful for the support that Msinsi Resort and Game Reserves has given me. The academy has been in existence for the past four years, however, due to the costly price of the equipment, we could not operate. This is a great day for the sport and for the young children of the Nagle Dam and Mkhambithini community,” Mbanjwa, said as he could not contain his excitement. Canoeing is a very rare sport in the black community.
The Managing Director of Msinsi Resorts and Game Reserves, Mr Mboniseni Dlamini, was just as elated about the partnership as it resonates with the mandate of this state-owned company and that of the government of South Africa, to empower and develop the youth and to create easy access to all natural resources and facilities of the resort.
“The partnership will assist us in ensuring that we improve awareness on environmental conservation through water sport activities and making uMsinsi a preferred venue for canoe sport”, concluded Dlamini.