Centre to keep them healthy

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The youth from around Mofolo and White City can no longer claim that they are idling because there are no facilities where they can flex their muscles.

A multi-million rand community training centre, which has been christened Borolo Butt House, in Central Western Jabavu, will be officially opened tomorrow morning.

Boxing personality Ezekiel Mtshali, who honed the skills of fighters in the area some 30 years ago, said the training centre will cater for boxing, bodybuilding, netball and aerobics.

He paid tribute to councilor Bongani Zondo and Johannesburg executive mayor Amos Masondo for helping to finance the construction of the community centre.

"The youth can now come and do any sport from the four mentioned," said Mtshali.

Mtshali said the use of the facilities will be controlled by members of a committee that will be formed tomorrow.

He, however, said the committee will comprise a representative from each of the four sporting codes.

Mtshali said former and current big-name fighters from the area, such as Anthony "Qash" Sithole, Joseph "Skiet" Tsotetsi, William Molatudi, David "Tate" Mthembu, Dexter Dlamini, Jacob "Killer" Molefe, Morgan Ndumo and Lehlohonolo "Hands of Stone" Ledwaba will be honoured.

He said the late Jacob "Dancing Shoes" Morake will also be honoured.

Mtshali, Obed Molekwa, Ishmael Motsieloa, Godfrey Meje and Richard Mogale will also be recognised for their contribution as officials.

Mtshali said a five-bout programme featuring amateur fighters has been prepared for the grand opening, which will take place at 9am today.