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Since assuming office, the Free State MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR) Mrs. Limakatso Mahasa made a commitment to revive boxing in the province. Delivering her maiden Budget Vote Speech during the 2019/2020 financial year, MEC Mahasa stated that, “We will prioritize the revival of boxing in 2019/2020, but this will be done without dropping the bar of other Sport and Recreation programmes.”

It is against this background that the Department has intensified its support for boxing development at grassroots level and hosted a Boxing Tournament in Rouxville as part of Mandela Month activities last year to honor the late Former President Nelson Mandela. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 global pandemic has altered these plans to stage major sport events this year.

DSACR wishes to take this opportunity to send its condolences to the family, friends, fellow athletes and the boxing fraternity as a whole following the untimely passing of Hlompho Maliehe – young talented boxer from Meqheleng, Ficksburg.

Hlompho was affiliated to the Dream Team boxing promotion stable under the leadership of Mr. Lebo Mahoko and at the time of his passing, processes were in place to get him a professional boxing license and to assist him further his studies at an institution of higher learning. Sadly, his untimely departure robbed the Free State Province and the entire boxing fraternity of a talented and promising athlete in Hlompho Maliehe. May his soul rest in peace.

Issued by the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR)

Tankiso Zola
Director: Communication and IT
Cell: 082 940 2392
Tel: 051 410 4735/4821
Email: tankiso@sacr.fs.gov.za