Teams playing under the Royal Eswatini Sugar Corporation Siyakha 1800 programme used the football break caused by the spread of COVID 19 to engage in community projects. The projects seek to change the lives of the destitute in the communities. As per the obligations of RES Corporation to engage in Corporate Social Investment (CSI) the teams led by Lubombo Regional Football Association (LRFA) Executive Committee Members visited two different areas for the exercise over the weekend. The first stop was Nyambo area near Matsetsa where the participants planted of vegetable seedlings worth E300 for a garden of Nyambo Care Point which is a home to close to 200 children who are beneficiaries. The participants then proceeded to Mafucula area in the Northern part of Lubombo for the same exercise where they donated food items to a destitute Shiba family. In both areas, all the stakeholders took collective responsibility to come up with the items to be used in the success of the project. One of the people who donated some items was Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Vice President Peter ‘Samora’ Simelane, who is not new in supporting such projects in the region.

  The project brought smiles to the beneficiaries who could not hide their delight as they expressed their feelings about the support they get from football people. The Siyakha programme is a brainchild of RES Corporation which pumped in a sum of E180 000 to be contended in three categories namely; grassroots, juniors and seniors league. Every football season, teams campaigning under this programme engage in community projects. Previously, there have been such activities in areas like Shewula and Ngomane whereby the teams brought smiles to many community members. Even this time around, the teams spread their wings to other areas as evidenced over the past weekend. Present during the event were LRFA Executive Committee Members including Chairman, Nichodimus ‘Ace’ Mashwama, Secretary General of the LRFA Sicelo Nene, Treasurer Thokozani Shongwe and Technical Director Frank ‘The Horse’ Maziya. Others include Lubombo North West League Secretary, Sylvester Dlamini as well as team’s representatives and community members. 


 Lubombo Regional Football Association (LRFA) Chairman Nichodimus ‘Ace’ Mashwama thanked Royal Eswatini Sugar Corporation, and all the stakeholders for the success of the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) projects in the communities over the weekend. Speaking during the event, the former Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Vice President expressed his excitement about the commitment and dedication shown by the sponsors, teams and all the stakeholders for demonstrating that football can change lives. “This initiative is through our football sponsors, RES Corporation’s obligations to demonstrate that through the sport one can touch lives of people in every spheres of life including the communities, so we thank everyone for supporting such initiatives. And as a community member not far from Nyambo where the project is situated I will take upon myself to frequently visit this place in order to make a follow-up on our work and also ensure sustainability” Mashwama said. Mshwama’s words were also echoed by the community members who expressed their delight about the kind gesture demonstrated by the football fraternity in bringing smiles to the less privileged members of the society.


 Stakeholders who took part in the Siyakha community projects at Nyambo and Mafucula ensured that they practiced the best COVID 19 precautions outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) and Government through the Ministry of Health. At the height of the pandemic, all the stakeholders led by Lubombo Regional Football Association (LRFA) Executive Committee Members were seen to be high alert of the dangers posed by failure to adhere to the precautionary measures. Besides that everyone was expected to wear face masks, social distancing was also practiced as the participants did their duties throughout the day. The mandatory of not-more-than 20 people in a gathering was also adhered to, hence it suffice to deduce that the COVID 19 threat failed to deter the participants from achieving their goal of helping the needy through community projects.

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