Community pitches in to revamp J Stephanus Stadium

14 Jan 2019 15:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 14 JAN (NAMPA) – Football players, coaches and community members are joining hands to revamp the J Stephanus Stadium in Keetmanshoop’s Tseiblaagte residential area.
Emrico Blaauw, who is mobilising people to take part in the project, told Nampa recently they could not stand by and watch something they love, die.
“We decided to do this because of the love we have for football. Many good players, at national and international level, played on this pitch, so we cannot allow it to die,” he said.
According to Blaauw the group last year launched a clean-up campaign saying the group now is concentrating on the pitch.
“Last year we replaced the light bulbs, washed the walls and cleaned the bathrooms and now we’re concentrating on the pitch, covering the grass with manure and planting grass where needed, until it is back to how it used to look,” he said.
The municipality provided the manure and the group provides the manpower.
They also hope to repaint the stadium and are urging the community of Keetmanshoop, especially local businesses, to assist them.
Work on the pitch started last Tuesday and is expected to end this week.
The Keetmanshoop Municipality’s Public Relations Officer, Dawn Kruger said the municipality currently lacks the manpower to do maintain the stadium.
“It is also not a priority at the moment, we are currently concentrating more on graveyards and parks within the town,” she added.
Kruger said the municipality is struggling financially as not all residents pay their water and electricity bills.
She commended the group for the initiative as she said their involvement will help the community take ownership of the stadium and hopefully, stop vandalising it.