Interview with Tshepo Mamashela.
He’s one of the organisers of Acedsports Fun Run that took place in Mamelodi West, Central on Saturday.
What was the purpose of the Fun Run
AcedSports together with Ditlogolo Tsa Methi wanted to fill the gap, the gap that unprivileged communities are faced with, and the gap of seeing such events take place outside their vicinity. The Hood hardly gets the opportunities like these, as they are always faced with events to promote drugs and alcohol, therefore this was our opportunity to bring change to the hood and make an event that accommodates everyone from young to old.
What were you expecting before and after the event?
We did our market research and the results gave us direction as to whether we are going forward with the initiative or are we going back to the drawing board. The need for this fresh idea was there and we were not expecting to see the turnout we saw on the day, the turnout was amazing.
When the next event and what is it about?
The next Colour My Mamelodi will happen next year around the same time. We are planning to make it an annual event. Otherwise, AcedSports hosts Boot Camp Saturdays, this happens every Saturday at Rethabile Sports Grounds at 07:00 – 09:30 for only R10.00 per session.
How do you feel about the fun run?
Colour My Mamelodi was a success and the turnout was amazing as I have said, but this was our first event and I believe that there be more participants with the coming event.
How many people participated?
Approximately 500- 600 people participated
What would you like to say about the number
The turnout was great, we were not expecting such a great number.
Who Sponsored the Event
DTM ran and planned the event and along the way, we got a few sponsors
- Nkhukhu Box
- City of Tshwane
Why did you choose Central as the Venue for your event?
It is in the name itself, “Central” it is the central place for Mamelodi and transport is accessible as well. This is one of the facilities that is not utilized, so we also tried to bring life to this historic venue.
By: Fortunate Machaba