Upgraded Softball Pitch Brings More Opportunities
On Friday, 31 October 2014, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, launched the newly upgraded softball facility in Bishop Lavis.
The upgrade was a joint venture between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) and the City of Cape Town. The upgrades include two dugouts, floodlights, a higher fence and an improved irrigation system.
Lee-Roy Toerien, the Chairperson of Western Province Softball, said that the club had been struggling with inadequate facilities: “For too long the players have had to play on a bumpy field. We are very grateful to the Western Cape Government for their assistance.” he said.
Minister Mbombo urged the two girls’ softball teams present to be role-models for their peers. “You must encourage your friends in the community to join the team. We also ask the community to play a role in making sure that this facility is used properly and not vandalised.” she said.
After the opening ceremony, Minister Mbombo pitched the first ball to Alderman Belinda Walker from the City of Cape Town, after which the two all-girl teams played an exhibition match.
DCAS will continue to support sport facilities in the Western Cape and we are encouraging citizens to participate in sport activities at these facilities. Let us continue to create an active, healthy Western Cape Better Together.
Annerie Pruis-Le Roux
Acting Head of Communication Service
Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
Tel: 021 483 9730