Sport hero to be honoured for liberation heritage contribution
Sonwabile Mancotywa, CEO of the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) will join the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in launching a Sports, Arts and Culture Liberation Heritage Programme in honour of Moses ‘Jackbeans’ Allie on 1 March 2017 (18h00) at Pietermaritzburg City Hall. His address will be on the “Impact of Sports, Arts and Culture on our Liberation Heritage”.
The programme is implemented by Imvukuzane Foundation to investigate and explore the contribution made by stalwarts in bringing about social cohesion through sport, arts and culture during the days of apartheid.
In conjunction with the launch of the programme, the university and foundation will honour one of the most competent sports administrators and outstanding soccer player that South Africa has ever produced; a selfless icon born and bred in Durban on 1st March 1929, Mr Moses Allie also known as ‘Jackbeans’ who is also celebrating his 88th birthday.
Mr Allie’s enormous and outstanding contribution in the social cohesion and nation building during his days of administrative leadership in the Maritzburg City Football Club which later joined the South African Soccer League in 1962. His contribution was more evident during the apartheid era where racial segregation in all sporting codes for Africans, Coloureds and Indians took precedent, little or no funding; or even consideration of infrastructure for the various sporting codes was allocated. ‘Jackbeans’ united all players irrespective of their colour, funded the team from his pocket to travel to big cities to take on the big football clubs in South Africa.
The Maritzburg Football Club top players like Michael ‘Bhiza’ Dlamini, Bomber Chamane and Gerald ‘Mgababa’ Dlamini were signed up by Johannesburg based clubs which coincided with the formation of Kaizer XI in 1969, currently known as Kaizer Chiefs. His legacy and investment endowed non-racial sport with Maritzburg Football Club developing greatest legends in the soccer fraternity. “Liberation Heritage is all about celebrating the immense struggle that our forefathers, heroes and heroines fought for and often has a huge impact on how life is today. Our country’s sport and cultural heritage has laid a foundation of social cohesion and nation building from the dark days to the young democracy we all enjoy today. Sport and culture have the power to unify and mobilise people from different social classes and race,” says Adv. Mancotywa.
This legendary’s quest for non-racial sport will be celebrated, documented and preserved by the DUT and Imvukuzane Foundation as he endured for unity irrespective of the cultural diversity and segregation experienced at the time through soccer. Adv. Mancotywa stressed that it’s important that we South Africans need to start documenting our own history, otherwise we will find ourselves misrepresented in the preservation of our history.
“I get inspired when I see this as a custodian of heritage, because part of our Living Heritage is icons such as Moses Allie whose life is still sparred in this world for us to withdraw original facts from them; honour them for their immense contribution during the liberation struggle whilst they are still alive” Mancotywa added.
Issued by: The National Heritage Council (NHC) of South Africa
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