Media statement issued by Bantu Holomisa, MP at Charity Golf Day (17 December 2005)
Bantu Holomisa and three golf playing partners recently decided to give something back to the community which had nurtured them; namely the region of Transkei.

Once they started discussing this idea it occurred to them that there are many worthwhile institutions in that region of the country that do not have the benefit of close proximity to the corporate sponsors situated in the major metropolitan cities. After much deliberation the following four institutions in the Transkei region were identified as worthy beneficiaries: Efata School for the Blind and Deaf, Ikhwezi Lokusa School for the Disabled, Tembisa School for the Mentally Disabled, and Empilweni Old Age Home.

Bantu Holomisa, Mpumalanga Gwadiso, Mvikeli "Nobetha" Matutu and Foster Sikolobo then came up with the idea of a Charity Golf Day in the name of Bantu Holomisa.

Many individuals and companies contributed in order to make the event - which took place yesterday - a success. The major sponsors are listed in Mr Holomisa's speech.

More than a hundred players - business people, politicians and private citizens - participated in the tournament, which took place at the Mthatha Country Club.

Yesterday evening the Charity Golf Day culminated in a Gala Dinner where the players, sponsor representatives and representatives from the four beneficiary institutions gathered. Provisionally, the funds raised amounted to R280 000 plus another R30 000 in pledges. Every cent remaining after the costs of the event have been covered, will go towards the four worthy institutions mentioned above. This coming Tuesday the Mthatha Country Club - who kindly offered their bank account for the receipt of the donations - will be handing over the cheques to the four institutions.