Senwes Scenario Junie / Julie 2015 - Page 22

••• HA N D E LSN U U S JOE MASWANGANYI GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (STRATEGY, SUSTAINABILITY & CORPORATE), VUYO MANTJIE AND JAPIE FRANSMAN, MANAGER PR AND EVENTS. SENWES SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT unearths talent good enough for Bafana Bafana VUYO MANTJIE WILL CELEBRATE HIS 17TH BIRTHDAY ON THE 22ND OF JUNE THIS YEAR, AND HE WILL BE WELL WITHIN HIS RIGHTS TO LOOK BACK AT HIS ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR WITH PRIDE. W hile still a primary school learner at Tjantjello Primary school in Bothaville, Vuyo was selected to represent his school in the Senwes Schools Football tournament. The tournament was kicked-off by Senwes in 2010 as an CSI initiative to give kids in the farming communities a shot at developing their footy skills. Vuyo has since moved on to represent South Africa at U17 International level, facing Egypt, Botswana, Lesotho and Tanzania in the Africa Youth Championship. “The football tournament is one of our community initiatives which we hold dear and has found passionate support from participants. Vuyo’s recognition 20 and rise in football as a result of the tournament is proof that the initiative has had and continues to make a positive impact in the communities where we do business,” said Japie Fransman, Senwes PR and Events Manager. In 2012 Vuyo had a successful trial at the Harmony Sports Academy in Virgina near Welkom and has been based there ever since. “The Academy provides us with schooling, accommodation and of-course football development,” said Vuyo. Vuyo, plies his trade on the right wing or in the position of striker, says his dream is to represent Bafana Bafana at senior level and to one day play his club football overseas. “Locally I support Sundowns and June/July 2015 • SENWES Scenario internationally I like Barcelona and Manchester City.” The up and coming footballer, who has a set of twin brothers and one sister, all younger than he is, paid tribute to the Senwes initiative. “I’m not sure if I would have had a future in football if it wasn’t for the Senwes Football Tournament. These initiatives make a big difference in the lives of ordinary South Africans like me,” he says. Vuyo also offered his opinion about the challenges faced by Bafana Bafana: “We have the talent, but we lack the mental strength.” Seems like his own mental strength and talent is what’s carried him this far, with a kickstart from Senwes.