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Legacy may al­ways re­mind us of death, but it is not about death. Be­ing re­minded of death is re­ally a good thing, be­cause death in­forms life. It gives us a view­point on what is im­por­tant. In this month’s “In­spir­ing Youth” col­umn, we are in­spired by one spon­ta­neous man who takes his grand­fa­ther’s legacy higher and con­tribut­ing to­wards com­mu­nity devel­op­ment.

Khorombi Pilusa is a 26 year old from a vil­lage called Ramot­shinyadi in the trop­i­cal heart of Bolobedu in Lim­popo Prov­ince. He has re­cently launched a soc­cer tour­na­ment called “Makoti An­nual Soc­cer Tour­na­ment” (MAST) to­gether with his elders in hon­our of his late grand­fa­ther, Makoti Pilusa who was known for his mag­nif­i­cent deeds as a busi­ness­man, com­mu­nity builder and Politi­cian. “I feel greatly hon­oured to be part of the tour­na­ment, not only be­cause it hon­ours my grand­fa­ther, but also be­cause it brings back to life one of his great­est pas­sions which was youth devel­op­ment through soc­cer”, he says.

With the tour­na­ment’s main pur­pose of build­ing the legacy, the tour­na­ment takes place an­nu­ally at the Ramot­shinyadi soc­cer field. The leg­endary late Pilusa passed on years ago on the ba­ton hop­ing that some­one will take it up to con­tinue the legacy of youth devel­op­ment. A legacy may take many forms; Chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, a busi­ness, an ideal, a com­mu­nity and some piece of our­selves. Our legacy nat­u­rally in­trigues us. “It is my vi­sion to­gether with oth­ers to en­sure that it grows ev­ery year so that it can cover as many vil­lages as pos­si­ble to give the youth a plat­form for show­cas­ing their skills”, he says. He also adds that, there are many young tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als in their vil­lages who just need to be given a plat­form to show­case their skills.

The tour­na­ment aims to di­vulge the hid­den tal­ents/skills that the youth have. The 26 year old has a very strong pas­sion for mak­ing sure that the tour­na­ment grows ev­ery year. “We have to use the tour­na­ment to spread the mes­sage that young tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als in our vil­lages can reach greater heights, and that the sky is not the limit for them”, he says.

His grand­fa­ther be­ing a busi­ness man, Khorombi and fam­ily con­tin­ues to their beloved with greater run­ning of busi­nesses. A busi­ness legacy is not as sim­ple as as­tutely plan­ning. It is with great ex­cel­lence to see young in­di­vid­u­als like Khorombi honouring their elders through as­pects that con­trib­ute to­wards com­mu­nity devel­op­ment. At his age, Khorombi should be one of the play­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the tour­na­ment, but in­stead he is or­gan­is­ing the big­gest and most vi­brant soc­cer event in Lim­popo. The next tour­na­ment will take place again this year De­cem­ber.

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