Ko­mani’s cul­ture is in for a spin

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

ADREN­A­LINE junkies had bet­ter hold on to their seats as the new mo­tor-spin­ning cul­ture hits Ko­mani.

The craze, ini­tially cre­ated by gang­sters to dis­play their mo­tor-spin­ning skills at fu­ner­als, fast grew into a sport in South Africa and Ko­mani is not miss­ing out on the ac­tion.

A num­ber of lo­cal “spin­ners” who are work­ing on mod­i­fy­ing their cars, have been tak­ing to the streets, daz­zling peo­ple with their skills.

Burn­ing and screech­ing tyres and smoke that blocks out the sun, have had ea­ger crowds gath­er­ing to watch the ac­tion.

Ge­orge Sum­mer­ton, af­fec­tion­ately known as “Papa G”, has been spin­ning for a year and par­tic­i­pated in an event in Mdantsane on June 16.

“Spin­ning be­gan for me when I was in Port El­iz­a­beth. Usu­ally I would go with my cousins to watch spin­ning shows and there was this one guy from King Wil­liam’s Town – he came sec­ond on the re­al­ity TV com­pe­ti­tion So You Think You

can Spin – but even be­fore that, I could see that this guy knew his story.”

He said the driv­ers wanted sup­port from the

mu­nic­i­pal­ity in terms of a des­ig­nated spot for spin­ning.

“Even if we have to fix it up our­selves, we will.”

He said a place like the Bonkolo Dam where events could be hosted for the com­mu­nity, or a place closer to the res­i­den­tial ar­eas would be suit­able.

“A lot of chil­dren come and watch us and as­pire to be like us. It will help to keep the chil­dren off the streets and away from drugs and al­co­hol abuse and things like that.”

The group was also hop­ing for spon­sor­ships from ve­hi­cle deal­er­ships to al­low the mem­bers to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ko­mani.

Sum­mer­ton said if he got a spon­sor be­fore the up­com­ing au­di­tions of ‘So You Think You Can Spin’, he would en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion. Costs in trans­port­ing the ve­hi­cle to tri­als in Dur­ban, Cape Town, Jo­han­nes­burg and Kim­berly, were pro­hib­i­tive.

He said com­mu­nity sup­port had been phe­nom­e­nal, with peo­ple even do­nat­ing petrol.

Sum­mer­ton’s me­chanic, Niven Hariper­sad, said they were try­ing to cre­ate a show for the plea­sure of the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing the chil­dren, in an at­tempt to mo­ti­vate them to work hard so they could af­ford ve­hi­cles.

It would also be ben­e­fi­cial if Ko­mani could host shows for spin­ners from out of town, he said, once a des­ig­nated spot was avail­able.

Last month, Mo­tor­sport South Africa CEO Adrian Scholtz said it was try­ing its best to el­e­vate spin­ning to a more pro­fes­sional level and to make it more at­trac­tive to gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate South Africa.

Ef­forts to em­brace spin­ning were tak­ing longer than ex­pected, mainly due to chal­lenges in en­forc­ing safety mea­sures for both com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors, while not los­ing the essence of the sport.

MSA has called for spin­ning par­tic­i­pants in the coun­try to man­date rep­re­sen­ta­tives to al­low en­gage­ments, with Monde Hashe from MSA tasked to iden­tify pro­vin­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives with the view to es­tab­lish a na­tional spin­ning work­ing group. He can be con­tacted on monde@elalin­isur­veys.co.za

Pic­ture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

ROUND AND ROUND THEY GO: Spin­ning en­thu­si­asts in ac­tion in Ko­mani at the week­end

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