When one is driving along the N2 towards Ermelo and one passes Maphepheni Village and the industries beyond, one can hardly imagine what lies between them.
The ownership of the property (Portion A of Vroeggeveld farm 509), which previously belonged to Mondi, (now Mpact Operations), was transferred to the Maphepheni community property association in March 2002. Mpact prefers to act as the “foster parents” for the Maphepheni community and therefore decided to do something big and sustainable in terms of their community development.
The development of a proper sports facility was the outcome, especially as there are a lot of young people in the area, including those from Kemp Siding School. A soccer field with an athletics track around it, with a proper concrete and brick pavilion was envisaged and soon the development commenced. The pavilion has already been built, the track and field have been developed and grass has been planted too. Currently paved embankments, to prevent soil erosion and provide additional seating during large gatherings, are added.
As a bonus, the most beautiful view can be seen from the pavilion and sports field alike. Future plans include, inter alia, a netball/tennis court, ablution facilities, change rooms for players, a food serving area, VIP shaded seating and a children’s playground on the same premises. Water and electricity are included in these future plans as well as a vision of having floodlights for evening meetings. Further development of the facility will be done in conjunction with all role players in the community. The inauguration of the lovely new sports facility is planned for later this year. The inauguration has been delayed though, due to the very hot weather and drought, which kept the grass from fully covering the field.
Mpact is desirous that sports competitions should be held on a high quality, playing surface, which can only happen once the grass has fully covered the sports field. When completely in operation, the facility will be handed over to the Maphepheni CPA who will take full responsibility for the management thereof. They will then benefit financially, as rental income could be substantial.
The sports facility can be used for soccer league tournaments, athletic events, music festivals, political meetings, show expos and more. All of the above will hopefully further develop the community and fulfill the Mpact policy, “We build the esteem and dignity of all our people and make a difference to the lives of the people whom we touch”. Thank you Mpact! The Mkhondo community will be kept informed about the progress of this exciting project!