The Soshanguve Giant Stadium roared with chants as the Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, and the Tshwane Executive Mayor, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, greeted thousands of residents attending the official opening of the stadium and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the township’s establishment.
The event included a signing ceremony with more than 50 church leaders representing 148 churches which have benefited from the City of Tshwane’s awarding of title deeds to taxi associations, sports organisations and churches as part of the programme to reverse the impacts of the 1913 Land Act.
In 2013, the City of Tshwane started handing over portions of land to churches which, for various reasons, had not been afforded an opportunity to own land. Some of these reasons date back to the apartheid era when previously disadvantaged communities were discriminated against.
“We thank Tshwane for this great gift to the people of Soshanguve and believe that they will find a befitting name for this stadium once the renaming process has begun,” said Mashatile on the construction of the stadium. Apart from a sitting capacity of 18 000, an additional 1 200 suite capacity for events and conferences and a workshop, the stadium also boasts a basketball court, netball court, two additional soccer training grounds and a cricket oval, making it the biggest multipurpose sport facility in the area since the decommissioning of Odi Stadium in Ga-Rankuwa.
The event was also the 35th anniversary of the hanging of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu. The City of Tshwane will be hosting several activities to mark the Mahlangu execution, such as a public lecture at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus and a symbolic cleansing ceremony at the gallows of the Pretoria Central Prison on Kgosi Mampuru Street.
“As we consolidate our nation-building efforts, we need to also mark the founding of this township with an open discussion about what it means to be called “Soshanguve,” said Tshwane’s Executive Mayor.
The event, which was attended by thousands of church followers and community members, culminated in a cultural and Gospel music festival afterward. As Pikoko Group we are proud to have made this event the great success it was!!!