“Our School !! Our Community !! Our Business !!”


Boikanyo Primary School, Zone 5, Ga Rankuwa

“Our School !! Our Community !! Our Business !!”

The Blue Bulls Rugby Union and CDII (Community Development Initiatives International) show support to the Principal and Teachers of Boikanyo Primary School in Ga Rankuwa at the School’s Rugby Development Event.

Deep in the dusty, harsh terrain of Ga Rankuwa is a Primary School which is defying all odds to build a proud community of achievers and champions.

Boikanyo Primary School in Zone 5 of Ga Rankuwa has already established its reputation as a School with a difference. Its Principal, Regina Thekiso has ably led a team of dedicated Teachers and committed Learners to do things differently.

Headmistress of Boikanyo Primary School, Mrs. Regina Thekiso, is presented with signed items from South African heroes by CDII’s Mapula Tlhagale. These items will form part of a fundraising drive to level and grass the Boikanyo rugby field.

The School has established an organic garden which started a food gardening movement in the area. Now, led by Principal Regina Thekiso , Boikanyo is the first Primary School in the area which has introduced Rugby as a school sport.

The Blue Bulls Rugby Union led a Rugby Development Programme at Boikanyo Primary School on its only field, a dry, dusty and uneven piece of land which will be developed to meet the sports needs of the School.

The Blue Bulls Rugby Union and Community Development Initiatives International (CDII) visited Boikanyo Primary this week and participated in a School Rugby Development event. Coached by the Blue Bulls’ Bisto Modibane, the school children ignored the hard, dusty turf to show their skills to the Rugby Union and to CDII and to the media, including SABC Television.

Boikanyo Primary school has 1306 learners and is in desperate need for suitable sporting facilities. The School needs lawn to cover their only “sports field” which is used for multi-sporting codes such as Rugby, Soccer, Athletics to but name a few. But before lawn is planted huge rocks need to be moved, the field needs to be levelled and then an irrigation-system needs to be built before planting the required lawn.

Rudi Geldenhuys of CDII has initiated a drive to support Boikanyo Primary School. Rudi says “CDII was privileged and humbled to meet the principal, the secretary of the SGB, teachers and the children of Boikanyo Primary School in Ga-Rankuwa. CDII will promote fundraising initiatives at the School as well as project manage developing this school’s need for sporting facilities. As part of our first fundraising initiative CDII has presented 3 signed items by South African heroes to the Principal Mrs Regina Thekiso – a signed soccer ball by Siphiwe Tshabalala, a signed CD by music sensation Lira and a signed book by Motivational Speaker, Billy Selekane. These sign items will be raffled to raise funds for the school’s sport field. They are part of CDII’s ‘Legacy2Generations’ community development programme”.

CDII’s Rudi Geldenhuys pledges support for the development of a grasses rugby field for Boikanyo Primary School.

Says Principal Regina Thekiso “we work hard at inviting community members to any and every event held at the school to cultivate a sense of ownership at the school. This ensures that community members are always aware of what is happening at the school and they ensure help take responsibility in building pride in their School.”

CDII’s Mapula Tlhagale says ‘sport makes a big difference for the youth. It builds social skills, creates pride and a sense of team spirit. Children involved in sport tend to have a more positive, energetic and committed approach to their schoolwork, their sport and their community”. Blue Bulls’ Bisto Modibane agrees “we at the Blue Bulls Rugby Union look to schools like Boikanyo for our future champion rugby players and will do our very best to help develop a passion for rugby in Ga Rankuwa and other communities in our region.”

Enthusiastic future rugby champions from Boikanyo Primary School being coached by Blue Bulls Rugby Union

Rudi Geldenhuys says “we at CDII are pleased to support the efforts of communities and schools which are committed to making a difference. We have been involved in some form or other with supporting sport development initiatives in Eersterust, Cullinan, Secunda, Moot and now in Ga Rankuwa”.

Boikanyo Primary has one, dusty and uneven rugby field. The Blue Bulls and CDII attended the school rugby development event this week to give support to the School’s plea for assistance to level the field, remove rocks and plant grass to provide a better sport facility and to prevent injury to the young children playing rugby in the dust amongst rocks and stones.

Says CDII’s Louw Allan, “we hope to create awareness of the needs of Boikanyo Primary to build sport as a key aspect of educating our youth. From our visit to Ga Rankuwa we understand that the first need is to build a borehole to ensure that when the field is grassed, it will be maintained. We would appreciate the support of business and the community to help us arrange for the proper leveling of the field, the moving of rocks, the building of a borehole and the grassing of the rugby field. This will help the School to grow young sporting talent and for sports bodies like the Blue Bulls to find and nurture future sport champions ”.

For more information on CDII and to become involved in the Boikanyo Primary School Sport Project, contact Mapula or Rudi at mapula.tlhagale@up.ac.za or at rudi@legacy2generations.com and visit CDII’s websites at www.cdii.co.za and at www.legacy2generations.com

Headmistress of Boikanyo Primary School, Mrs. Regina Thekiso, is presented with signed items from South African heroes by CDII’s Mapula Tlhagale. These items will form part of a fundraising drive to level and grass the Boikanyo rugby field.

For more information on CDII and to become involved in the Boikanyo Primary School Sport Project, contact Mapula or Rudi at mapula.tlhagale@up.ac.za or at rudi@legacy2generations.com and visit CDII’s websites at www.cdii.co.za and at www.legacy2generations.com

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