Bafokeng build courts at 29 schools

NORTH West province's super-rich tribe, the Bafokeng, are building basketball courts at 29 schools in the area.

Royal Bafokeng Sport (RBS) managing director Floyd "Jomo" Mbele said the project was part of their relationship with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to develop the sport. RBS signed an agreement with the NBA last year in the US to develop and popularise the sport in North West.

"This is a unique partnership with NBA because they only enter into similar deals with federations. We are blessed to be in such a partnership with them," Mbele said.

"The aim is to develop basketball in 29 Bafokeng schools. There is massive talent in this area when it comes to basketball players. We have already built 10 basketball courts. The project is the brainchild of Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi. We are happy because Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has also met the NBA leadership about the development of the sport in South Africa."

Respected coach Joby Bright is in charge of basketball for the Bafokeng people. King Lebone II will lead the Bafokeng delegation to the NBA All Star 2012 in Orlando, America, from Friday to Sunday where the world's top basketballers will be in action.

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