15 October 2018 Read: 99
The fifth annual Agricultural Expo hosted by the Greater Tzaneen Municipality came to another exciting heads with the Mayoral Charity Golf Day held on Friday. The event is hosted by the GTM Mayor, Cllr Maripe Mangena and is seen as a way to increase networking among the various stakeholders within the agricultural community and a fitting way to round of the expo.
The Agri Expo was born out of the Land Reform and Forestry Summit which the municipality hosted in 2013. In 2014 GTM staged its inaugural Agricultural Expo which recorded 1 000 attendees and 52 exhibitors over a three day period. The Agri Expo was initially coordinated through an events management company in 2014 but in 2015 the municipality coordinated the event internally through an Events Coordinating committee.
This year’s event saw an increase in the attendees as reported in our AgriBulletin last week where we focused on the Agri Expo Gala dinner held at Sima Silver Lodge as a precursor to the Golf Day. The format for this charity event was a Betterball and pitted teams from across the region against one another under the blistering sun.
Mayor Maripe Mangena graced the event with a tee shot in front of the clubhouse to officially open the tournament. “I was a little nervous for the tee shot, but had some good coaching and encouragement beforehand,” he chuckled, “and it would appear that by all accounts my drive was straight and true!” It was the first time Mangena had swung a golf club and a moment that seemed to have urged him on into signing up for some regular golf lessons with the regular pro at Fairview Hotel.
Although the day was a charity event, there had to be winners when the dust had finally settled. It was the duo of Matsobane and Makena that took top spot on 50 points with Rasebotsa and Mokoena hot on their trail in second place with 49 points. Nathi “U-Nys” Sedibe and his partner Mafa, took third spot after a troublesome time on the fifth with 48 points.