Supreme Court of Appeal Upholds Prior Rulings Regarding Mossel Bay Yacht Club
Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Mossel Bay has welcomed the judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal to dismiss with costs an appeal by the Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club (MBYBC) against the judgments handed down by the Western Cape High Court in favour of TNPA on two occasions, in the MBYBC’s Review Application.
Port of Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange, said: “While this is a landmark victory for TNPA, there remains the Eviction Application and the Ports Regulator complaint which were stayed pending the finalisation of this Review Application. Now that the latter has been finalised, TNPA’s external attorneys have been briefed to pursue the recovery of TNPA’s legal costs and to finalise the remaining matters.”
In May 2018 TNPA issued a notice to the MBYBC to vacate its port premises by the end of May 2018. This was in accordance with the terms of a High Court order dated 30 April 2018 which dismissed the application by MBYBC to review and set aside the lease application awarded by TNPA to successor lessee Mossel Bay Waterfront Pty Ltd, a Mossel Bay based, woman-owned micro-enterprise, in October 2016.
Judge AJ Langa in his High Court judgment had said: “Judged against the values of fairness, equitableness, transparency, competitiveness and effectiveness, the third respondent’s [Mossel Bay Waterfront] tender complies with all the specifications and conditions of tender as set out in the contract documents.”
He found that the tender was neither unreasonable nor irrational and that the Mossel Bay Waterfront’s bid was fully compliant with the terms of the lease.
MBYBC had occupied premises within the port on a lease agreement which continued on a month to month basis by agreement until a new tender was advertised for the premises in August 2016. MBYBC and Mossel Bay Waterfront were the only contesting bidders for the new tender which was subsequently awarded to Mossel Bay Waterfront.
The High Court found that points awarded in the tender process to Mossel Bay Waterfront were justified for new skills development, job creation and/or preservation, small business promotion and rural / community development and regional integration.
As ports landlord, TNPA operates within a legislative and regulatory environment created by the National Ports Act No.12 of 2005. This requires the Authority to follow a public process for service providers looking to provide port services and facilities.
Tshikalange said the finalisation of this protracted process would enable the port and the new lessee – through its strong business model – to provide all members of society with an equal opportunity to participate in port activities. This is in line with TNPA’s Smart People’s Ports vision, which includes promoting greater public access and ensuring a vibrant port system that connects local communities to port activities.
TNPA is also working closely with the Mossel Bay Municipality and Mossel Bay Tourism to develop the Port of Mossel Bay as a tourist port. “The Mossel Bay Waterfront will help to make the Port of Mossel Bay an even bigger attraction on this beautiful coastline, with a mixed-use waterfront that could include retail, commercial and industrial facilities,” said Tshikalange.
Also read underneath the insightful article about Portnet's influence on sailing by Richard Crockett in Sailing Magazine:
Die seiljag-en-bootklub op Mosselbaai gaan sy deure sluit.
Dit volg nadat die appèlhof in Bloemfontein die klub se appèlaansoek teen twee vorige uitsprake van die hooggeregshof in Kaapstad – ten gunste van die Transnet Nasionale Hawe-owerheid (TNPA) en die Mosselbaai-hawe – in die klub se hersieningsaansoek met koste van die hand gewys het.
Die TNPA het in Mei ’n kennisgewing aan die klub gerig dat hy sy perseel in die Mosselbaaihawe teen einde Mei 2019 moet ontruim. Dit was ingevolge ’n hooggeregshofbevel op 30 April waarin ’n aansoek van die klub van die hand gewys is om die huurooreenkoms wat in 2016 deur die TNPA met die maatskappy Mossel Bay Waterfront Edms. Bpk. aangegaan is, te hersien en tersyde te stel.
Die TNPA het vroeër in ’n verklaring gesê die klub het onder meer die perseel van maand tot maand gehuur totdat ’n nuwe tender in Augustus 2016 vir die perseel geadverteer is. Die klub en die Mossel Bay Waterfront-maatskappy was die enigstes wat vir die tender gebie het. Die tender is aan Mossel Bay Waterfront toegeken. Rob Holden, kommandeur van die Mosselbaaise seiljag-en-bootklub, sê die klub gaan sluit.
“Ons het al die opsies oorweeg, maar daar is niks wat ons verder kan doen nie.” Die klub hoop om die perseel teen Februarie te ontruim. Die TNPA het gesê hy werk saam met die Mosselbaaise munisipaliteit en Mosselbaai Toerisme om die hawe in ’n toeristebestemming te ontwikkel.
AN UNEASY FEELING
by Richard Crockett
I have followed the ‘politics’ of sailing in this country for many years now, especially the role our various State Owned Entities and other government bodies that affect our sport – that being recreational boating, and in my case, specifically recreational sailing.
My uneasiness comes from the fact that Transnet, and more specifically TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority), appears to have placed a target on the back of recreational boating, and is slowly but surely shooting arrows at those targets – and killing them off one by one!
TNPA has evicted the Algoa Bay Yacht Club from its premises, the very premises it built and developed over a 60 year period with its own members money. Devastated by a fire some years ago the membership rallied and the facility was rebuilt. Today the ABYC building is vacant, and apparently about to be taken over by a cleaning business to which the TNPA have given a lease without compensating the Club for the premises it developed solely with members money.
Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club
The Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club has been given notice to vacate its premises at the end of this month too, and undoubtedly without compensation either.
Both the above Clubs were taken to court by the TNPA.
In Zululand, and specifically Richards Bay, boating clubs and organisations are under threat from the City of uMhlathuze who want to evict the following clubs: Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club Meerensee Boat Club Zululand Yacht Club Richards Bay Sea Scouts Richards Bay Undersea Club Zululand Multi-Sports Club National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)
Zululand Yacht Club
Some of the clubs instituted legal proceedings by way of interdict and action against the municipality to resist the proposed evictions, after which an agreement was reached to postpone the application indefinitely pending the outcome of the action challenging the grounds for the evictions. In the interim, the municipality has undertaken to suspend all further action against the clubs.
That’s no comfort for any of these Clubs, nor it’s members and the broader boating community as a whole.
It also has to put the tenure of all yacht, boating and sporting clubs on Transnet land around the country under threat.
Could the NSRI be under threat too? Judging by what is happening in Richards Bay, that too seems possible!
Our government has no maritime rescue service and relies on the NSRI to provide that service – yet it may well evict the very people who provide such a valuable service, and at little or no cost to the Government as the NSRI raise their own operational funds through public donations and bequests.
The TNPA should quite frankly be ashamed of themselves.
An overview of what Transnet is all about, and taken word for word from their website in the closing few paragraphs, says:
“As a state-owned company, Transnet continues to leave an indelible mark on the lives of all South Africans. With a geographical footprint that covers our entire country, Transnet is inextricably involved in all aspects of life in South Africa. As such, we ensure that we play a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life in all areas we operate. This extends not just to our employees, but to communities and environments as well. Through the Transnet Foundation – which is the Corporate Social Investment arm of Transnet – we have invested time and money in a number of diverse programmes around the country that provide much-need succour and assistance to our communities.
“Our aim is simple – we want to harness the power of our people, of technology, to brighten the future of millions across our continent – and beyond.”
Well those are wonderful words aren’t they?
But they are simply words with little meaning to recreational boating and which give little comfort to the recreational boating community countrywide. Transnet, and more specifically the TNPA are NOT:
• inextricably involved in all aspects of life in South Africa, as they are targeting recreational boating.
• playing a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life in all areas we operate. Recreational boating is being evicted from Transnet land.
• extending a quality of life to communities, nor environments. Recreational boating is a large community, and is under threat from the TNPA.
• harnessing the power of our people, nor are they brightening the future of millions across our continent. They cannot achieve this if they target certain groups.
• provide much-need succour and assistance to our communities.
The final bullet point must be some kind of joke, or the people at TNPA simply don’t understand the meaning of succour – which is: … assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.
As I said above, TRANSNET and the TNPA should be ashamed of themselves. They are heartless and appear intent on destroying recreational boating in this country.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority is an organisation I have bashed heads with over many years as they meddle in the affairs of recreational boating, knowing very little about the subject as they are ‘commercial shipping’ people.
I penned an acronym for SAMSA some years ago being this: Suffocating AMateur SAiling.
Their latest Marine Notice indicates that they may in fact have understood some of the issues, and are taking a more user-friendly role now.
Here’s what Marine Notice No. 15 of 2018 says under the heading: Safety and certification requirements for foreign recreational vessels in South African waters.
Summary This marine notice replaces Marine Notice 13 of 2005 and serves to advertise South African statutory requirements and SAMSA policy regarding foreign visiting recreational vessels (e.g. yachts) that wish to stay in South Africa for extended periods and undertake recreational cruises or participate in sporting activities in South African waters.
SAMSA have now understood that many cruising yachts take their time when sailing around the world, and stop in ports or anchorages for lengthy periods for maintenance and repairs, rest or sightseeing – with many being in no rush to sail through the country in a short period. So SAMSA have made concessions to their legislation which was, if nothing else, pretty damn unfriendly.
Now, my message to SAMSA is simply this: Is it not time that you handed over the full control of recreational boating safety to the individual sporting codes. After all, the rules and regulations promulgated for sailing vessels are to a large degree what CASA (Cruising Association of South Africa) established many years ago as recommended proper procedure on a voluntary basis. After all, we know and understand our sport far better than SAMSA officials do!
That would really be user-friendly – and may prompt the demise of the SAMSA Acronym forever!
Port of Mossel Bay receives multi-million rand transformation 22 August 2018 | Sagree Chetty |
Image: Afristay website
The expansion will increase the number of luxury ships that dock at the port.
Transnet National Ports Authority has announced a multi-million rand transformation for the Port of Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape.
The new port will include a waterfront, a dock for cruise line passengers to disembark and various other business opportunities.
The company says the facelift will be a key catalyst for economic growth in the Garden Route.
The Port of Mossel Bay is the smallest along our coastline. But big plans are in store for it in the next five years.
Transnet wants to bring it in line with other ports around the country.
Shulami Qalinge, Transnet national ports authority chief executive says: “One of the major programmes that we are looking at is the development of the waterfront at the port of Mossel Bay. It’s meant to grow the economy, its meant to grow the business at the port itself and its meant to create job opportunities for the community.”
The plans have been welcomed.
Community Leader Bongani Swartbooi says: “It’s a new development everyone has been waiting for, we are grateful. Transnet also engaged the community, requested input for this development.”
Mossel Bay Business Chamber’s Johan Claassen says: “The more we can use the harbour to do exports, imports, tourism, we can get cruise ships here and that creates jobs.”
However, businesses leasing port property fear they’ll be side-lined.
Seavuna Fishing Company’s Raymond Williams says: “It could be that our factory has to move out at some stage which is a big concern for us. Seavuna has been in the harbour for the last 30 years and provides work for hundreds of people.”
Transnet say the port’s modification is all part of their plans for radical economic transformation in the region.
The Golf Development Project, a community upliftment partnership between Transnet National Ports Authority’s Port of Mossel Bay and the Garden Route Golf Academy, is changing the lives of 13 local youth. The children, aged between 12 and 14 years old have spent the past two years learning about golf and its various benefits as part of the initiative. At a handover ceremony on 16 November 2018, Port Manager Shadrack Tshikalange handed over a cheque for R100 000 to the organisation, which will assist with the beneficiaries’ transportation, equipment, fees, coaching and uniforms among other expenses.
The Garden Route Golf Academy was formed five and a half years ago by AAA Class PGA Teaching Professional, Ben du Toit. It operates from the Mossel Bay Golf Club and offers private lessons, among other services, to adults and children. The academy’s Golf Development Project, for underprivileged youth, is modelled on a similar project previously run by du Toit in Namibia. Its purpose is to address the high levels of unemployment and limited work opportunities in Mossel Bay and surrounding areas by developing caddy and golfing skills, which will contribute to social and economic upliftment.
At the handover ceremony, Tshikalange highlighted the project’s value. “The beneficiaries are from local homes that care for destitute children. Their exposure to the local golfing community opens opportunity for partnership and support to further develop their golfing careers,” he said.
“For many, this is also a chance at being part of a new family. The exposure further opens international scholarship opportunities as some with a good handicap and school results may be offered a golf scholarship in the USA.” He added that he hoped the beneficiaries would one day contribute back to the community.
Tshikalange further explained that the children were carefully selected with the help of social workers as it was important for the beneficiaries to remain in line with the developmental impact aspect of TNPA’s CSI strategy. “At the Port of Mossel Bay, our support for our community is not only an imperative, but also an absolute honour to make a real difference to transform lives and contribute to an improved environment,” he said.
“We support initiatives that underpin deliberate actions that drive sustainable social impact. By putting our care into action, we contribute to a social sustainable world and boost our relationships with the local community too - driving a better South Africa forward.”
Du Toit said the children have already made significant progress, with two of them, Tamara Whiteman and Enzo du Plessis, already preparing to participate in a golf event on 7 December.
“In just over two years, the children have mastered really good golf swings, hit great shots and have developed good discipline and sportsmanship skills,” he said. “Golf, as a sport, teaches children self-motivation, etiquette, consideration of others, honesty and resilience. Not only do they have something to look forward to every weekend, they are also learning new skills and being exposed to a world that they otherwise would not have known.”
He added that the Garden Route Golf Academy was proud to be associated with the Port of Mossel Bay and thanked the port manager and his team for their involvement. “Through the three-year (3) support and partnership with TNPA, a lot of lives have been changed. The ripple effect of this project will positively benefit the communities, families and friends of the deserving children.”
Port of Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange, hands over a cheque to Ben du Toit from the Garden Route Golf Academy, with some of the beneficiaries of the Golf Development Project present.
About Transnet National Ports Authority
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is one of five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd. The National Ports Authority is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national port system, which it manages in a landlord capacity. It provides port infrastructure and marine services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa – Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura. It operates within a legislative and regulatory environment and is governed by the National Ports Act (Act No. 12 of 2005). For more information visit www.transnetnationalportsauthority.net.
'n Kaapse bokspromotor en drie Mosselbaaise boksafrigters het 'n droom om Mosselbaai te vestig as die dorp waar wêreldkampioene soos Muhammad Ali gemáák word.
Op Saterdag 13 Oktober vind die eerste professionele titelgeveg in 'n reeks in Mosselbaai plaas as die afskop tot dié droom. Die Mossel Bay BOXING EXPLOSION vorm deel van die sewende Mosselbaai Sport- en Rekreasiefees wat van 15 September tot 14 Oktober aangebied word - juis om 'n gesonde leefstyl te bevorder . . .
Pleks van geld in te samel, versoek promotor David Faas dat sakelui en besigheidseienaars kaartjies koop vir hul werknemers sodat dié hul plaaslike helde in die bokskryt kan kom ondersteun - en dalk ook sommer die eerste keer 'n professionele boksgeveg kan bywoon.
Die titelgeveg, bestaande uit agt gevegte, vind op Saterdag 13 Oktober vanaf 18:00 in die skoolsaal van Imekhaya Laerskool in KwaNonqaba plaas. 'n Bokskryt is spesiaal danksy LOTTO-geld vir dié geleentheid bekom en sal ook dan amptelik ingewy word.
Die twee Mosselbaaise boksers wat die eerste keer in 'n professionele boksgeveg teen teenstanders van die Oos-Kaap gaan meeding, is Bulelani Ngondeka en Mbulelo Gubula. Bulelani sal in die veergewig-afdeling oor vier rondtes kragte meet teen Simphiwe Tsewu van Uitenhage, terwyl Mbulelo in die vlieggewig-afdeling oor vier rondtes teen Xolani Menze, ook van Uitenhage, te staan kom.
Foto: Bulelani Ngondeka (links) en Mbulelo Gubula is reg om Mosselbaai se naam hoog te hou op die BOKSONTPLOFFING wat op 13 Oktober plaasvind. Agter is hul afrigters Simpiwe Qatu, Mncedisi Nqekeza en Xolani Ngemntu, voormalige WBF middelgewig wêreldkampioen met die gordel wat hy verwerf het. Agter links is die spanbestuurder en mede-afrigter Phillip Goodger, eienaar van Tiger Kai-gimnasium en David Faas, promotor.
Faas het hoë verwagtinge van die twee Mosselbaaiers en glo dié boksgeleentheid sal die gaping in die plaaslike boksarena help oorbrug wat deur die dood van bokspromotor Terrence Majeke Ndanda gelaat is.
Besighede wat die herlewing van dié sport in Mosselbaai en die Suid-Kaap wil ondersteun, kan nou reeds kaartjies vir hul werknemers teen R150 elk koop. Kaartjies is ook beskikbaar by die Mosselbaai CRAFT ART SHOP (langs die Toerismeburo) en by TIGER KAI GIMNASIUM(in die Prince Vintcent-gebou) en ander winkels. Belangstellendes kan ook kaartjies bespreek by Karin of Roland by die Craft Art Shop @ 079 384 5299 of 082 408 2593 met bewys van internet-betaling aangesien hulle net kontant aanvaar.
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Hoekom NOU? Hoekom MOSSELBAAI?
Toe David Faas in die jare sestig as arm laerskool-kannetjie saam met sy maatjies rugby gespeel het op 'n oop stuk veld naby sy huis in 'n townshp in Port-Elizabeth, het hy niks geweet van boks nie. Toe 'n wildvreemde man die seuns een middag roep en na sy gimnasium neem, het 'n nuwe wêreld vir hom oopgegaan . . .
Die man was Saint Mrwetyana, 'n boksafrigter en promotor met sy eie gimnasium in die Kwazakhele township. Wat hy in daardie jare vir David en sy maats geleer het, het bly vassteek en het deel van David se lewensfilosofie geword. Vandag, op 62, ploeg hy steeds terug wat hy daardie jare by Saint Mrwetyana geleer het.
Die nederige man wat verlede week al die pad van Khayelitsha in die Kaap Mosselbaai toe geryloop het om in goeder trou "planne agtermekaar te kry" vir 'n groot bokstoernooi wat hy op 13 Oktober in Mosselbaai aanbied, is rustig en kalm waar hy op 'n ysige oggend in die Stars Restaurant in Mosselbaai sit en koffie drink. Sy selfoon byderhand, maak hy oproepe en reël fotosessies. Geen teken van spanning of klagtes oor die koue wat hy te voet trotseer nie.
"Ons moet R150 000 insamel vir die toernooi. Danksy 'n LOTTO-skenking het ons 'n bokskryt gekry wat in die skoolsaal van Imekaya Laerskool opgestel gaan word. Twee plaaslike boksers wat albei onlangs professionele status verwerf het, asook twee jong boksers van Port Elizabeth en Oos-Londen en ander boksers gaan in agt gevegte (bouts) meeding. Die wêreldbekende bokspromoter Stanley Christodoulou gaan as skeidsregter optree."
Né? Sommer net so?
As jy nie van beter geweet het nie, sou jy dink dié eenvoudige man met sy wolmussie ly aan 'n oormaat illusies van optimisme. Maar al bestuur hy nie self 'n voertuig nie en sukkel hy met sy selfoon-funksies, het hy al groter skares gelok en groter internasionale bokstoernooie hier aangebied as enige van sy eweknieë in die land.
Met nederigheid. Omdat sy hart op die regte plek sit.
"Ek wil nie geld en aansien hê nie. Wat moet ek met 'n peperduur motor en aardse bestittings doen? Môre is ek dood . . . Ek wil die jongmense 'n droom gee, soos ek gehad het. Ek wil hulle deur 'n sport soos boks dissipline leer en van die strate af kry - weg van misdaad en dwelms. Sodat hulle 'n toekoms het . . . en 'n droom."
En sy droom? Wat was sy droom?
"Muhammed Ali was natuurlik my held en natuurlik het ek gedroom daarvan om ook 'n wêreldkampioen te word . . . maar dit was die jare tagtig en sulke dinge was nie moontlik vir 'n swart boksertjie nie", sê hy sonder 'n sweem verwyt of heimweë. Feite en aanvaarding is waarmee hy werk. En drome.
"Vandag kán kinders sulke drome koester en verwesenlik. En ek wil hulle help . . . dis al."
Foto's: Jong boksertjies van Mosselbaai met hope talent wat al in nasionale boksgevegte meegeding het.
Hoe het sy eie lewe verloop?
"In daardie jare het kinders nog respek gehad vir volwassenes. Toe die man (Saint Mrwetyana) ons roep: 'Hey, julle Ruggerites, kom hier, ek wil julle iets wys', het ons hom eerbiedig gevolg. Hy het ons net daar leer boks en dissipline geleer. Ek het aanhou boks en geleer om 'n bokspromotor te word . . . "
Dit was nie aldag maklik nie. As die oudste van sewe kinders moes David in 'n stadium sy hoërskoolloopbaan tydelik onderbreek om te gaan werk om vir sy ses sibbe en ouers te help sorg. Hy het egter vasgebyt, deurgedruk en aan sy droom bly klou.
Sy vrou, Nomasoni (Lorraine) is 'n kraamverpleegster in Khayelitsha en hul 6-jarige "wonderkind" Sibabalwe hou hom jonk. David het ook 'n 30-jarige seun Xolani Mazomba uit 'n vorige verhouding. Ná vele miskrame het die egpaar vrede gemaak daarmee dat hulle nie saam kinders sou hê nie, toe klein Sibabalwe haar opwagting maak. Nou is dié laatlam-oogappel van hom sy grootste ondersteuner . . .
David glo Mosselbaai - en die groter Suid-Kaap - het hope onontginde talent en die werkloosheidsyfer maak jongmense mismoedig en dryf hulle tot drank en dwelms.
Foto: Jong boksertjies tydens die SA bokskampioenskappe in Gauteng in 2014. Vier Mosselbaaiers was in die span wat die Wes-Kaap verteenwoordig het.
"Boks leer kinders dissipline, respek, gesonde leefwyses en gee hulle 'n goeie selfbeeld en selfrespek. Dit hou hulle fiks en leer hulle ook selfverdedigingstegnieke en gee hulle selfvertroue. Boonop is daar groot geleenthede vir uitblinkers in die nasionale en internasiuonale arena om die hoogste sport te bereik - ook as afrigter en promotor.
"Ek wil die jeug hoop en 'n droom gee soos ek gehad het. Hulle geniet dit om te boks en boonop hou dit hulle van die strate en slegte gewoontes af weg.
"Ek glo dié Boksontploffing is net die begin om Mosselbaai en die Suid-Kaap te vestig as dié streek waar kampioen-boksers gemáák word . . . en met 'n bietjjie hulp van die gemeenskap en sakelui, kan ons dit doen!"
Ons glo hom . . . want hy het dit al bewys. En Mosselbaai kán!
* Besighede wat belangstel om die boksers met borgskappe te ondersteun, kan ook vir David Faas (064 057 1459) of Phillip Goodger (083 575 7571) bel.
The legendary Muhammad Ali was his idol and he dreamt of the World Boxing Champ title . . . he practised diligently to follow in his American idol's footsteps . . . to Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee . . .
But alas, for a young black kid in an East Cape township in the 1970's, it was Mission Impossible . . .
That did not stop or discourage the young David Faas - the oldest of seven children whose life took a sudden twist when a generous gym owner and boxing trainer/promotor introduced him and his primary school mates to the boxing ring . . . and the discipline, passion and opportunities of this sport.
Hope was kindled . . . and a life long dream was born
David learned everything he could about boxing and promoting from his new role model, Saint Mrwetyana, at the latter's gymnasium in the Kwazakhele township in Port-Elizabeth.
He trained hard and dreamt BIG - inspired by the Great Ali's famous sayings : "Don't count the days, make the days count " and"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"
It was hard times and at a stage David had to quit high school to help support his parents and younger siblings. He took odd jobs, but kept on training and eventually completed matric before he started working as cost facilitator at General Motors in Port Elizabeth while training, promoting and inspiring local young boxers after work.
"Since the age of eleven, I literally grew up in a boxing world and in 1987 I officially became a professional promotor. I didn't get the opportunity to fight in national competitions . . . it was the time of boxers like Willie Ludick, Gerrie Coetzee, Brian Mitchell, Kallie Knoetze, Mike Schutte, Jimmy Abbott and the likes and although boxing was HUGE in South Africa, so was apartheid . . . and there weren't promotors to support and promote young black kids in those years."
David and his mates were idly horsing around with a rugby ball when a stranger called them: " Hey, Ruggarites, come here . . . "
That was in the 1960's and it was Saint Mrwetyana who took the young boys under his wing and opened a whole new world to them.
Although David himself never reached stardom in the ring, he excelled as a caring coach and promotor and soon made his mark on the International scene when he staged two All-Africa bouts. He was also a first South African Promoter from any sector to stage an IBF International bout when Vuyo Nene met Indonesian Abdi Pohan. This attracted the largest crowd in Port Elizabeth's history - a record which still remains.
David also staged four South African title contests in Cape Town, all involving the junior lightweight champion Fana whom Faas built into an International figure and took to the UK for his attempt at the WBC International title.
Now David has targeted Mossel Bay and the wider South Cape to identify the huge talent pool of youngsters without hope or a dream . . . and to give THEM the dream that moulded his life and inspired him.
The kick-off to launch Mossel Bay as the new Boxing MECCA of South Africa starts with a Boxing Bonanza on Saturday 13 October 2018 when Mossel Bay's two young professional boxers take to the ring against two talented professionals from the East Cape. Thanks to LOTTO money they acquired, Mossel Bay will have its first boxing ring for the title fights.
Featherweight Bulelani Ngondeka and flyweight Mbulelo Gubula have recently both turned professional and David has high hopes for their careers. Ngondeka is currently the Western Cape's top boxer in the Elite Amateur division and both he and Gubula are also training at the Tiger Kai gym in Mossel Bay where owner/trainer Phillip Goodger is also assisting them with a combination of martial arts training.
Says Faas: "I want to invite some current world champions to Mossel Bay and organise a workshop. Boxing promoter Terrence Ndanda has brought some big fights here - we can do it again! I am positive that we already have two future champs here in Ngondeka and Gubula."
Local trainers Masimphiwe Qatu, Mncedisi Nqenkeza and Xolani Ngemntu are also very optimistic about "making Mossel Bay the biggest Boxing Town in the country".
"We have the talent, the trainers, the promotor, the supporters and now even a boxing ring - why NOT?" asked Qatu. They have been trying to negotiate with the Mossel Bay Municipality to use the Barcelona Hall in KwaNonqaba as a training centre, as there are no training facilities in the area. "It is very hard to train the kids outdoors - especially in winter. We hope the Municipality will allow us to use the Barcelona Hall as it is currently only standing empty", he said.
Ready for the biggest BOXING Bonanza ever held in Mossel Bay on 23 October! Mossel Bay's two professional boxers Bulelani Ngondeka (left) and Mbulelo Gubula with their trainers and promotor. In the middle row are from left: Masimphiwe Qatu, Mncedisi Nqenkeza and Xolani Ngemntu (Dynamite), who won the World Boxing Foundation's international middle-weight title in 2007. At the back are Phillip Goodger (owner/trainer of Tiger Kai Gym and David Faas (promotor).
Thinking and fighting OUT of the box! Bulelani Ngondeka (right) and Mbulelo Gubula sparring at Tiger Kai gym.
The seven bout Title Fight will be held in the hall of Imekhaya Primary School . . . with no other than the famous international boxing judge and referee Stanley Christodoulou as supervisor!
Stanley Christodoulou has judged bouts in his native South Africa, as well as internationally with the WBA, with whom he is involved in leaderships roles dealing with officiating.
Companies are urged to buy a few tickets @ R150 each to give some of their staff members the opportunity to attend this ground-breaking event on 13 October.
"We want to sell 1 000 tickets - make it HUGE! The Imekhaya Primary School Hall can easily accommodate such a crowd. There will also be plenty promotional opportunities for business branding and advertising. Businesses can also sponsor a fight or place a bet on a bout - whatever they prefer. We just want businesses to get involved to make this the beginning of a boxing revival in Mossel Bay," Faas enthused.
Businesses who would like to buy tickets for their staff or to help with sponsorships, can phone Faas (072 802 6225) or Qatu (064 099 1955). Tickets are also available at Mossel Bay Craft Art Workshop (next to the Tourism Bureau), the Tiger Kai Gym in the Prince Vintcent Building and other outlets. To save time, Karin and Roland can be contacted at the Craft Art Workshop @ 079 384 5299 or 082 408 2593 to prebook tickets with proof of EFT payment as they only accept cash.
EFT payments can be made to:
David Faas t/a Boxing Explosion
FNB Cheque Account No: 62781409323
Branch Code: 250655
Branch: Mossel Bay
More about David Faas and his business
UNIVERSAL BOXING PROMOTIONS
Universal Boxing Promotions is a truly and wholly black owned, South African boxing promotion enterprise based in the Western Cape Province under the able and effective management of David Faas. It was founded on 13 July 1983 and has been most visible in boxing circles throughout South Africa and abroad.
The Promoter David Faas
He is the Promoter with the longest service to boxing from among the previously disadvantaged communities and has brought more International Title bouts to his country than any of his competitors in that sector.
He is previously from Port Elizabeth, where he promoted with distinction. He is now operative in Cape Town where he made the Oliver Thambo Hall in Khayelitsha one of South Africa’s foremost boxing venues. The venue staged the South African title bout between Mzonke Fana and Wiseman Jim in February 2001.
This fight attracted the biggest paying audience in Cape Town’s history, exceeding the crowds at five world title bouts, which have been staged in Cape Town by other promoters in the past.
Faas is also active in staging fights in other areas such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, which shows devotion to the development of boxing at grass root level.
While in Port Elizabeth he made his mark on the International scene when he staged two All-Africa bouts and was also a first South African Promoter from any sector to stage an IBF International bout when Vuyo Nene met Indonesian Abdi Pohan. This attracted the largest crowd in Port Elizabeth's history - a record which still remains.
In addition, he has staged four South African title contests in Cape Town, all involving the junior lightweight champion Fana whom Faas built into an International figure and took to the UK for his attempt at the WBC International title which he unfortunately lost.
He also took Wiseman Jim to the UK for a similar title chance, which ended in a draw, a result which was heavily criticized by the British press and TV commentators who said Jim had won comfortably. Faas has also taken a team of SA boxers to Indonesia.
Unfortunately, like so many from the disadvantaged community, he has experienced continual difficulties in obtaining suitable and major sponsorship for his tournaments, which in itself has been a handicap to his gaining more elevated status in the bigger world of International Boxing.
With suitable backing he is certain to make the strides needed as he has the knowledge and determination to succeed.
Jim Hamilton, the retired giant lock, recalls a day at breakfast after a shattering defeat somewhere in Europe. “Everyone was down, everything was quiet, and then Schalk runs into breakfast wearing a vivid lime green tracksuit. ‘How’s everyone today?’ he shouts. It was impossible not to laugh and get yourself back up.”
He has also retained his accessibility. One day as a small boy, he was watching Western Province play at Newlands with Chris, his father. The team contained his favourite player, whom he will not name. “He was my hero. I ran up to him after the game for his signature and he brushed me away. I told my Dad as we drove home and he made excuses for the bloke, but I told him if ever I was in the same position I would never push anyone away.
Even now, sitting here today, I might be second guessing my decision to retire
“The fans come out in freezing weather. It’s hard to attend to every kid but if you make them feel special for a few seconds, if you remember kids bring parents to rugby, then the interaction helps them raise the passion for it.” His own passion for his native country remains. England is home for Christian, Ashton and Luke, his sons, and there is some dismay from Chris and Maryna, their grandparents, at their English accent. Colinda, his wife, to whom he gives most of the credit for his achievements, has a job she loves, as a solicitor in the City.
But his other major life influences are largely South African — Harare-born Edward Griffiths, once chief executive of Saracens, the driving force behind the 1995 World Cup in South Africa (it is preposterous that Griffiths is not running a club in the Aviva Premiership) and John Smit, the former Springbok hooker and captain of the 2007 world champions. As with so many South Africans, his beloved country is an attraction and a repellent. “South Africa is beautiful, I miss the family and friends I’ve known since they called me Smiley as a little kid. But there is such uncertainty at home.” He looked across the road from the sunny pub garden where we were speaking. “Those houses there, you’d never see that in South Africa, with no electric fencing, no guards. The best chance to become great citizens of the world and to succeed in life — and I don’t just mean financially — may be here.” It is a debate he and Colinda must have sometime in the future.
This week he will be preparing for his last Sarries game, in a league he loves, but says that when added to the Test scene, it is just too harsh, too long. The future? When I sat down with this focused man I expected he would have it all worked out and would be desperate to move on. Indeed, he intends to enrol for a master’s in business administration at Oxford University and he may well play in the 2018 Varsity match next season — he could easily do so in around six positions.
“I am committed to my second career,” he says, and he has the chance to work in London for Reinet Investments, which has its origins in South Africa. He wants a major post, he wants more than simply to be employed as Schalk Brits, the former rugby player.
Then I ask him about transition, the dreaded day when with all that adrenaline, you have no game to get rid of ire. How will that feel? The certainty wavers a little. “To be honest, I just do not know. John Smit and I speak about transition and he says you can’t replicate what we had in our careers, but you have to find something that gives you a similar drive, and you have to have physical exercise. Even now with my missus, if we go on holiday I get grumpy if I don’t train.” He talks of mountain biking and golf.
I offer the view that his rugby form remains outstanding. He is 37, but you would never know it. “I had no idea I would feel this good from a physical point of view. My team are the reason but I am playing great rugby. On the rugby app my carries, metres, tackles, turnovers, breaks are all up there — it may sound arrogant but I shouldn’t be performing how I am. Even now, sitting here today, I might be second-guessing my decision to retire. At 37 you should feel knackered, and I don’t.”
Whatever the future, you would pray that restlessness does not afflict him, that there is something to replicate the thrill of his career and his style, his successes and his outlook on life. As a rugby man transcending the sport’s narrow confines, he is up there with Andy Ripley and Jonny Wilkinson.
The final whistle on Saturday will be cruel for rugby. We have just one more chance to admire the wonderful kaleidoscope of skills from the Magic Man. Transit in peace, Schalk. My generation was fortunate enough to be watching when you were weaving your spells.
SCHALK BRITS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Best thing about Britain? The weather, the people and the golf courses
Weirdest thing? In London I greet people I don’t know on the underground and they think I am the weirdest bloke on the planet
Heroes? Nelson Mandela. How could anyone have that sort of compassion after so long in prison?
Horrible opponent? In an early game I came up against Carl Hayman and Anton Oliver and in the first scrum I passed out because of the pressure. Marius Hurter turned to me and said: ‘Don’t worry, it can only get better’
Coaching career? No. I want weekends off with my family
Rugby love? I have always tried to maintain the sense of fun and love for the game. We are professionals but the joy remains
Best round of golf? Dunhill Links Championship, Old Course, St Andrews, with Louis Oosthuizen. I played out of my skin