Plan to produce Black F1 heroes

BLACK champions could be produced through the developmental programme of the South African Formula 1 Powerboat Race.

BLACK champions could be produced through the developmental programme of the South African Formula 1 Powerboat Race.

"This programme will run for three years, with four sessions each year. We trust we will be able to produce a few black F1 pilots in South Africa," Zola Key, publicist for the South African Formula 1 Powerboat Race, said this week.

The event will take place in Parys, Free State, this weekend.

"Ngwathwe local municipality mayor Moeketsi Moshodi has welcomed the initiative," Key said. "Moeketsi sees it as an opportunity to produce black powerboat pilots in the province."

He also sees the event as an opportunity to expose the municipality's tourist attractions such as the Vredeford Dome.

South Africa's sole black powerboating stalwart is Steven Zungu, who at the moment is with Team Lotto.

About 10 development beneficiaries aged between nine and 15 will compete in regular races over the next three years, starting with the 2009 South African Formula 1 Powerboat race on September 26 and 27 in Parys, hosted by the Parys Golf and Country Estate, Phakisa Sports Events and Development.

"Powerboat racing is a secondary sport that still needs to be transformed and it is through such programmes that we can achieve genuine transformation," says Dhilosen Pillay, chief executive officer of Phakisa.

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