In late September, Gauteng MEC Matome Chiloane launched the Khanya Lesedi Sports School of Specialisation. While the educational institution, located in Ratanda, Heidelberg, has been in existence since 1989, the occasion marked its official designation as a school of sport, based on its rich history of excellence.
Since its establishment, Khanya Lesedi has produced outstanding results in academics, sports, artistic endeavours and social development.
On the sporting front, it has primarily excelled in soccer, netball, and athletics.
Addressing the crowd at the official launch, Chiloane said: “This specialised curriculum extends beyond physical activities, incorporating scientific innovation in physical health.
“Subjects like sports science and exercise, geography, physical science, and life science play vital roles in shaping various aspects of sports training, from pitch conditions to dietary requirements tailored to different sporting codes.
“ICT, coding and robotics are taught at the school through our multi-certification skills programme.”
Thabiso Mokoena, who has been on the books of the Supersport United Academy, Limpopo side Black Leopards, and now Tuks in the Motsepe Foundation League, attended Khanya Lesedi.
Sabelo Nkomo also attended the school. He is currently on the books of the newly promoted and current log leaders Orbit College in the Motsepe Foundation League, having previously represented the now defunct Free State Stars and Royal Eagles.
Bentle Lekone and Thabang Dube, who are current learners at Khanya Lesedi, represented South Africa at the 7th Tricolour Games in Reggio, Italy, in July. The event was established in 1997 to celebrate the bicentenary of Italy’s national flag. This year, competition took place in 37 different sports.
Khanya Lesedi, which is home to about 1 000 learners, has one soccer field, an athletic track and three multisport courts, on which tennis, netball, basketball and volleyball are played.