The fallen hopes of Rising Stars

“Not only are the kids suffering, but we also know of elderly members of the community who used the grounds to exercise in the mornings, who are now affected by this.”

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The Bulletin Newspaper
The poorly maintained Flour Daniels Stadium in Embalenhle

Rising Stars Football Club, formed in December 2016, is yet another organisation in constant battles with the officials of its government. The club, which is made up of 150 members of both genders, has been struggling to get maintenance assistance for the stadium in which they train.
The Flour Daniels Stadium in eMbalenhle, also known as KaNdiza, has been turned into a
dumping site and party venue, where players of RSFC allege that drug use is common. The
height of the uncut grass on the field makes it impossible to constructively play any sport.
MJ Khumalo, co-founder of club, said that they had been in contact with a number of officials who continue to give the team false hope. “We have called several meetings with our ward councillor Mr Ace Vilakazi to ask for assistance but he has never been of any help to us,” he said.
“Not only are the kids suffering, but we also know of elderly members of the community who used the grounds to exercise in the mornings, who are now affected by this.”
Khumalo is concerned that the children, who depend on the football club as a way to keep
positively active, will begin to fall into wrongful activities when they have too much time on their hands. The club was once a way to “keep the kids off the streets”. Without a safe and decent location to hold club activities, Rising Stars Football Club is suffering heavily.
“Mr Vilakazi told us that he will make a plan, but nothing has come about,” Khumalo said.
We even spoke to our former mayor, who promised that the issue would be sorted out by the following Monday, but two months have passed and nothing has been done.”
When Mr Vilakazi was contacted for his right of reply, he refused to comment.
RSFC is now desperately seeking any individual or institution who will hear their plea and assist them in carrying out their cause, which they strongly believe to be worthy. – Rorisang Rathebe

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