Mannex gets sponsorship

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Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor

REGGAE crooner Emmanuel “Mannex” Motsi, who recently appealed to well-wishers for the rehabilitation of Warren Park basketball and tennis courts, has every reason to be ecstatic.

This follows a recent donation of building material from well-wishers which have seen him beginning to rehabiliate the facilities that had been turned into a car park and maize fields.

The former Bootkin Clan founder, through his organisation – Warren Park Arts and Kulture Development Association (WAPAKUDA) – have since begun construction work with the aim to spruce up the courts.

Over the weekend, Mannex took to his social media pages and shared his joy after receiving part of the donations.

“Just finished collecting our first batch of donations (cement, sand and quarry….Warren Park Basketball and Tennis Court rebuilding on the way…one step at a tym….#I have a dream,” he wrote.

Prior to the donation, Mannex told H-Metro that his heart he wanted to fully utilise the Covid-19 lockdown to spruce up the recreational facilities with the help of volunteers.

However, lack of building material had been his biggest letdown but he did not give up.

“I have decided to fully utilise this lockdown towards the rehabilitation of the basketball and tennis courts which have turned into parking lots.

“When I was young, we used to play basket and tennis at the courts, especially those who were not good in soccer like us.

“As an influential person, I have realised that I can do something for my community by rehabilitating the recreational facilities.

“As WAPAKUDA, we have also noted that the city fathers have long neglected the recreational facilities which can produce international stars,” he recently told H-Metro.

Mannex, who got the blessings of the community to rehabiliate the facilities, said the initiative was part of his social responsibility.

“I was raised in Warren Park and we used to spend the time at the courts when we were free.

“However, the state of the courts had become deplorable and we are simply doing our best to ensure the facilities are usable.

“We have spoken to the local dealership and we hope to fast track work,” he said.

Although the received the first batch of donations, Mannex said they were still expecting more donations to ensure that they rehabilitate the facilities and bring the stolen glamour.

Musically, been mentoring young artistes from the community and he is also working closely with Warren Park based producer Lazzie T who has produced stars.