High­landers Club­house fields to be­come green

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Mehluli Sibanda Se­nior Sports Re­porter

IN a move aimed at sav­ing High­landers a lot of money in train­ing fees, the bore­hole at the Bu­l­awayo gi­ants’ club­house has been re­sus­ci­tated.

A visit to High­landers Sports Club last Thurs­day showed that the bore­hole was now func­tional. The club’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede had ear­lier dis­closed that the bore­hole was now work­ing af­ter they had pur­chased a sub­mersible pump.

Some of the funds came from the rentals High­landers are get­ting for the safe overnight keep­ing of bales of cloth­ing from the flea mar­ket next to the club­house.

It is un­der­stood the in­for­mal traders pay $30 per month for leav­ing their wares overnight for safe­keep­ing.

“We se­cured the nec­es­sary funds to pur­chase the sub­mersible pump and it has been fit­ted. We are be­gin­ning to wa­ter the place. The bore­hole has al­ways been there, but the pump was stolen a long time ago. Green Gar­dens lent us a pump, which they took away when their bore­hole broke down,” said Gumede.

“We got some of the money from rentals for bales. The rain is com­ing down any­time, but we are not wait­ing for the rain, we are start­ing; we have also re­ceived a quo­ta­tion for re­do­ing the three fields, but money is the prob­lem. The per­son is al­ready clear­ing the grass that is there with a view to plant­ing lawn and wa­ter­ing it,” he said.

Gumede also re­vealed that they had nu­mer­ous plans for the club­house to raise f unds for High­landers, but lack of seed cap­i­tal to get those projects rolling was scut­tling those ini­tia­tives. One of the plans is for a perime­ter wall to be erected around the club­house so that it can be hired out for shows and con­certs. Gumede said they were given a quo­ta­tion of $156 000 for the 900m brick wall around the prop­erty and its erec­tion was de­pen­dent on the avail­abil­ity of re­sources. He be­lieves that the best way of rais­ing the wall is to get in­di­vid­u­als that are pre­pared to spon­sor the con­struc­tion of a sec­tion of the wall where they will be al­lowed to ad­ver­tise. Re­sus­ci­tat­ing the bore­hole has al­lowed the car­wash at the club­house to re­open. High­landers also get money from rent­ing out the out­side kitchen at the club­house. Gumede be­lieves it will take time for the first team to start us­ing the club­house grounds, while their Divi­sion One side, women’s team as well as the boys’ age group teams are al­ready hold­ing their train­ing ses­sions there. Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion sup­plied by our sources, High­landers pay $37 to train at the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil grounds for two hours, which trans­lates to $185 for five days. Mean­while, only 12 High­landers’ life mem­bers had by last Fri­day made their $20 con­tri­bu­tions for Au­gust meant to try and keep the 90-year-old in­sti­tu­tion afloat. Ac­cord­ing to com­mu­ni­ca­tion sent to mem­bers, those that have made the pay­ments so far are Ken­neth Mhlophe, Noel Mkandla, Sicelo Dube, Thomas Ng­wenya, Sol­wayo Ng­wenya, Gumede, Mod­ern Ng­wenya, Men­ziwa Nx­u­malo, Mor­gen Dube, Knowl­edge Ncube, Matthew Sibindi and Davies Sibanda. Those who have pledged their al­le­giance to the coun­try’s old­est foot­ball club for life are set to meet on Septem­ber 25 at the club­house where they are ex­pected to get feed­back on the spe­cial pur­pose ve­hi­cle which they tasked the board to ex­plore in or­der to save the club from its dire fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion. — @Mdaw­ini_29

Ndu­miso Gumede

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