George Ramalu Umongo Sports Centre officially opened

It was a historic moment when the dignitaries did the official ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially launch the centre.

The George Ramalu Umongo Sports Centre was officially opened at Northview Primary School recently. A grand opening function, funded  main by the George Ramalu Memorial Trust and Umongo Petroleum, was held to mark this occasion.

Various speakers spoke about the legacy of the late George Ramalu and his enormous contribution to society. Notwithstanding the fact that George Ramalu was born into a humble family in Saccharine Sugar Estates, he rose above his circumstances to become an anti-apartheid activist of note and a campaigner for human rights; a cultural and religious leader and a leading soccer administrator with the South African Football Association (SAFA).

Keynote speaker, former chairman of the Southern Natal KwaZulu Football Association, Sammy Sayed, said that George Ramalu was one of the finest soccer administrators this country has produced.

In his address, chairman of the George Ramalu Memorial Trust, Jace Nair, thanked the school for agreeing to name the sports centre after the late George Ramalu, while Boston Moonsamy, CEO of Umongo Petroleum said, “Umongo Petroleum’s sponsorship is a direct tribute to remembering and committing to keeping alive the legacy of a truly remarkable man – a man whose inspirational influence will no doubt endure for generations to come. Our sponsorship is simply a tribute to George’s greatness.”

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After the formal function, a plaque in memory of the late George Ramalu was unveiled by Jace Nair and Boston Moonsamy.

The school was represented at the unveiling by the principal, PM Moodley and Dion Vadivelu, chairman of the SGB. Thereafter, pupils from Northview Primary participated in two soccer matches played under floodlights. Each pupil was presented with a commemorative medallion.

The principal and the chairman of the SGB thanked the George Ramalu Memorial Trust and Umongo Petroleum for their financial assistance which made the completion of the court possible.

Both expressed the wish that they would like to see the partnership between the Trust and the school continuing into the future as the goals of the school and the Trust are aligned in many ways.

Dr K Naidoo, circuit manager – Phoenix North Education Circuit, said that the opportunity benefits of the project was difficult to measure.

“The opening of the sports centre is a game changer for the community. It is a defining moment in the history of the institution,” he said.  He also urged the community to take care of this facility and to work in partnership with the school.

The evening’s formalities ended with the cutting of a cake to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Northview Primary which first opened its doors on March, 30 1987.

The principal and Mrs BD Harilal (HOD) who have been at the school since its inception, were given the honour of cutting the anniversary cake.

Phoenix Sun

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