Bantu raise M250 000

Bantu raise M250 000

Maseru – Vodacom Premier League champions Bantu raised close to M250 000 from last Saturday’s gala dinner at Avani Maseru, the club’s first vice-president Molefi Lengosane has revealed.
The glitzy event was attended by a host of the country’s most important figures from politicians to private sector leaders.
The star guests on the night, however, were Dawn Thandeka King, who plays the role of Mancgobo on popular SABC 1 soapie Uzalo, and Cornet Mamabolo who plays Tbose on Skeem Saam.
Their presence helped make Bantu’s annual gala dinner another roaring success.

The event was packed with companies who bought most of the tables – a perfect upshot of Bantu’s plan to use the occasion to market themselves to potential sponsors.
‘A Matšo Matebele’ also used the evening to announce several projects with Mamabolo which will use filmmaking to help Lesotho’s youth showcase their talent.
Lengosane said working with the popular actor will help young Basotho penetrate the tough South African entertainment industry and open doors to the big screen.
Bantu are trying to reach out to the nation in every possible way outside football, Lengosane said, and he pointed out that the venture with Mamabolo will benefit the youth and the club.
“We are going to work on a project that will help the youth so that those with acting talent can one day see themselves on TV. They will get exposure to the South African market and (Mamabolo) will use his connections to give them that exposure,” Lengosane said.

“We will be producing films and going around looking for talented youths,” he added.
“Our mission is for the youth to use their talent to make a living out of it. When we bring these celebrities here we are not just doing it for the show. Our relationship with South African celebrities is now strong. They enjoy coming to our gala dinners and now they want to help our youth.”
Lengosane urged the country’s aspiring actors to grab the opportunity with both hands and, as the festivities continued, Bantu announced Mamabolo will now be the club’s ambassador outside Lesotho.

“His job is to represent and open doors for Bantu, and to help Bantu’s brand grow outside Lesotho. He will be at Bantu events,” Lengosane said.
“His status will open doors for us everywhere. Say we go to Botswana, he is well known there and the people will be looking forward to seeing him. The same goes for South Africa, and Swaziland.”
Also present at the star-studded event was former Platinum Stars football administrator, Suzan Phala, mother of well-known South African and SuperSport United player Thuso Phala.
Phala volunteered to help local talent join South African teams and said the best performing players should be given a chance to undergo trials at Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs.

Lengosane said ‘A Matšo Matebele’ appreciate the support the club has received from local companies and people who are trying to help develop Lesotho football and offer opportunities to local players. “This will also help grow Bantu’s brand so that one day it will be similar to the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates,” he said.
Evidence of Bantu’s increasing stature is a friendly match away against PSL side Free State Stars on Saturday at Goble Park.
“The invite from the PSL side shows Bantu’s growth as a team,” Lengosane said.

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