Young people from previously disadvantaged communities are set to benefit from the Tshwane Golf Open that tees off later this week.
Municipal spokesperson Nomasonto Ndlovu said Tshwane would use the event to kick-start a legacy programme that offered golf lessons to children from previously disadvantaged areas in and around Tshwane.
Ndlovu said that through youth development clinics, youngsters between six and 16 years would be taught golf basics and etiquette.
“Tshwane is proud to state that it is the first city in the country to undertake an initiative that introduces golf as one of the regular sports programmes in township schools,” she said.
Ndlovu said that the golf lessons had already started in the lead up to the Tshwane Open tournament.
She said that the municipality had set aside Wednesday for an experimental golfing opportunity for the youngsters at the Els Club Copperleaf in Centurion.
“A total of 50 children from Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Atteridgeville will be bussed in to a special full-day golf clinic development experience”.
Nathan Maluleke, a professional golf teacher and international golf professional will spend the day training and interacting with the youngsters,” she said.
Ndlovu said the youngsters would also be shown around the tournament complex to expose them to the various elements that make up a golf championship.
“Another element of the Tshwane Open legacy is the establishment of a foundation aimed at providing various benefits to Tshwane-based caddies across various golf courses,” she said.
Ndlovu said the foundation would run in conjunction with a reputable financial institution that provided low-income earners with basic policies.
She said that ticket prices for the Tshwane Open ticket were affordable.
Ndlovu said the whole family could join in the fun as prices ranged from R50 a day for adults, R25 for teens and pensioners, and free entrance for kids of 12 and younger.