Youth Month continues to be celebrated through various activities, including among others, the fourth Steven Pienaar Community Cup held at Bill Jardine Stadium, Newlands, on 17 June 2019.
This year's soccer tournament was hosted in collaboration with the City of Joburg Sport and Recreation to feature junior and senior male and female teams, and combined stakeholder's resources to enable 152 teams to the participate.
The apex of the tournament was when the 2019 cup was claimed by Magicians, who beat Robin Crest 1-0 in regulation time.
The key sponsor of this tournament is former player of Ajax Cape Town, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Bidvest Wits, Steven Pienaar.
Humble as always, Pienaar had this to say about the tournament: “It is better than last year's. It attracted teams all over Johannesburg. It brings the communities together, uplifts the Westbury community and carries on social responsibilities.
“Obviously the main issues is football, but we also want to help youth to development holistically as human being and get scholarships to further their studies, although it is a bit tough. We emphasise to them that not all are going to be Lucas Radebe, Doctor Khumalo or Steven Pienaar. There are many others way to get through in life but education is the most important one," said Pienaar.
Seeing rehabilitated drug users and pushers being part of the organising team gave the organisers the assurance that an objective of lifting of the Westbury community is being met. The zeal and excitement could be seen on individual's faces as they ushered spectators and players to the stadium. This was something that could not be ignored.
“What a lot of people don't see is we try to help people that do not have job. We try to create short-term jobs. That is also part of our social responsibility as well," said Pienaar.
When Bjorn Deerman, the chairperson of the local organising committee was asked how it has been, he said: “It is a roller coaster ride, never easy working with the communities but we always pull through at the end. It is the will of the people and the support that we get from stakeholders that make this tournament to be a success. Each year we just improve."
“The highlight for this year's tournament is that street vendors were trained by the City's Department of Economic Development. This opens opportunities for our vendors to trade," said Deerman.
The professionalism demonstrated by the local organising committee, technical officials, city and provincial government employees, says it all. It was a well-oiled machine.