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NEWS Senwes Spinners, twelve years in action The winner of the 12th annual Senwes Spinners Farm School cricket tournament is Dr Sello Primary School. The Free State boys beat crowd favourite Phakela Combined School by a mere 15 runs in a tense finish on Saturday, 12 May 2018. B oth teams played remarkably well with notable performances from Phakela’s star batsman, Joseph Sebolai and Dr Sello’s bowler, Katleho Maleka, who displayed impressive skills during the final. After their victory, the winning team played a friendly T10 match against the NW Kings where they lost by 6 wickets. For over a decade, Senwes has pas- sionately spearheaded the farm school cricket development initiative, Senwes Spinners. This year’s tournament got off to an inspirational start on 3 April at Senwes Park where Senwes Group Chief Executive, Francois Strydom addressed the young players. He encouraged them to play passionately and dream big and reminded them of their significance and explained that learning in a farm school environment gives them an experience like no other. He encouraged them to cherish the quality of education that they receive and make use of every opportu- nity that comes their way. The 12 years of the tournament’s success affirms Senwes’ support and commitment to bringing about positive change and breaking new ground in the communities where they do business. In an interview, Strydom stressed the importance of sustainability as one of the key factors in Corporate Social Responsibility and to Senwes. “When the Senwes Spinners Farm School Cricket Development started out in 2006, the sustainability potential was questionable. Twelve years later, the tournament has not only proven to be sustainable, but also inspirational in the way it has given hope to the 1 400 learners who have passed through the programme to date.” Strydom stated his belief that for any company to have longevity, it needed to make a real difference in the community and become part of the solution in making life better for the people it intended to service. Since its inception, this exceptional development programme has afforded Senwes and NW cricket the opportunity to give back and make a lasting difference in the lives of many young boys whose spor­ ting dreams have come to fruition through the support of Senwes Spinners. To date, through the tournament, five young boys have received full scholarships for high school and tertiary education. The twelfth Senwes Spinners tour- nament will air on Supersport Extra in September 2018. Excitement and celebration after Dr Sello are announced winners of the 2018 Spinners tournament. SENWES SCENARIO | WINTER 2018 35