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Fresh & Hungry: Solami Buthelezi

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Solami Buthelizi, up and coming youth netball star is not only a brilliant athlete but a young girl with such wisdom and insight into the wider issues of life. I look forward to following her sporting career in the future. She has this to say as a message of encouragement to the youth of SA:

“Be so great that they can’t ignore you ! If you have a desire to do something, always make sure that you give it the necessary attention – your mind, heart, body and soul so that people cannot do anything except acknowledge your achievement (and they will, even if it’s not to your face). *But don’t do something with the sole purpose of getting acknowledgement, there’s a healthy balance between the two – find it”.


Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Solami Buthelezi
Nick Name Solly
Date of birth 15 March
Place of birth KwaZulu-Natal
Current City Durban
Height 173 cm
Weight 70 kg
Shoe Size 8\9
Club KZN Midlands
Coach’s Name Belinda Pitt
Secondary Sport/ sports Athletics
Favorite City Cape Town
Favorite Song Black Skinhead – Kanye West
Favorite Movie Men in Black 2 & Notorious
School & Grade St Mary’s Dsg, Kloof , Grade 11


Instagram: SolamiButhelezi

Facebook : Solami Khethiwe Buthelezi

Community projects involved in Helped out at St Vincents Children’s home (offering academic support) and helped out at the Kloof SPCA tea garden.
Parents Names


Nomkhosi Zulu and Harvey Sicelo Buthelezi

Brother – Matoti Buthelezi

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Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your Netball tell me a little bit about how you started in Netball and your journey in the Netball arena up to now?

I played my first netball game in grade 1, I remember doing everything I wasn’t supposed to on the court and just wanting to go home. I was put under a lot of pressure by my family and teachers to play netball because of my height. In grade 3, I had a deeper understanding of the game and enjoyed it far more, that was when I started playing competitively. Now I play netball almost every day of the week at the New Germany Action Sports arena and every weekend at the Midlands action sports arena. I’ve always really loved netball and it’s always been my favourite sport but since last year, I’ve become really familiar with the quote, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” and I’ve put that into heavy practice. I won’t allow my talent to go down the drain. This year, I plan on taking my level of play to new heights, starting off with the IPTsin 3 weeks so I’m training hard !

Q: Who are you?

I am a very opinionated girl however, I am open minded and I will easily change my perceptions if new information shows itself. I believe that “your attitude determines your latitude” – Kanye West. Mind-set will conquer most of the battles we face along with choosing your battles accordingly. I value my heritage (Zulu) a lot. I’m a sociable person but according to a couple of internet tests, I am “a good balance between introvert and extrovert”. I aim to be a well-rounded and globally informed person and I aim to test my limits and fears in the near future.

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Netball and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

The opportunity to play in the 2016 action Netball IPT.


 Q: At which champs  / meet  have you competed recently? How did you experience that?

I recently played at the Super league (outdoor netball) tournament and at the Midlands tournament (action netball). Every time I go to tournaments like these, I see the same faces. This showed me that the people who train hard and take the time out to pursue their talents are the ones who remain on top of their game. I also learned that it’s very important to aim for your own personal best every game and at every training to achieve optimal results as opposed to competing with someone else to be the best player.

Q: In your opinion, what is the value of Education for our youth?

Education is of great value. It’s highly important to have an opinion about national/global issues and the youth is best fit to deal with them but how can we expect solutions and change if the youth itself cannot formulate opinions due to a lack of education? Also, the flourishing of bad governance is aided by a people who cannot think for themselves. Through education for all, our country will see good governance, a more efficient work force and a huge boost in our economy (which we need more than anything right now) amongst other things.

Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey?

I grew up in a very Christian home where we were all encouraged to pray but never forced. During my many experiments and adventures in my childhood, I winded up in scripture union camps and really experienced God’s love for myself outside of home and wanted to know more about him, now God is my everything, I’ve taught myself that all the burdens and worries I have are unnecessary and cause clutter and that I should take them to God in prayer. I am grateful that I know God; he is my most valuable piece of information. My prayer every day is “God Guide My Grind” this prayer is asking that God will open doors for my netball, guard me against injury and give me the strength to train every day.


Q: What do you do to relax?

I sleep. I literally feel like there are not enough hours in a day, especially with the heavy academic year I’m currently in. I often rely on music to relax me too but the less resting I do the better.

 Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

“If I’m not dead, I’m not finished ”

Q: What is your favourite Bible / Scripture quote?

Psalm 86:12

I will give thanks to you O my lord God, with all my heart, and will glorify your name forever.

Q: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

My biggest challenge is lack of time. There’s so much to be done and such little time. E.g. Time to train, recover, get enough sleep, do school work but I’ve learned to prioritize and take things as they come. I’ve never been a type A personality so I don’t really have stress issues luckily.

 Q: In your opinion, how do you define success in life?

I think ultimate success is only definable when reflecting. If you look back to your declarations for the year and you see that you’ve ticked most of your boxes or have done things that satisfy you, you are a successful individual


Q: What’s your WHY ?  Why do you do what you do? Also,  looking into the future, what type of influence do you see yourself having on SA’s and our continent’s youth?

I do what I do because I have a dream, a passion rather. Every day, in one way or another, I work to eliminate mediocrity from the things I value in my life, Netball being at the top of my list. I’m driven to achieve my personal bests in my game because I am my biggest competition. My dream is to be a great asset to any netball team I play in and in the very near future, WHEN I serve on the South African Netball team, I want to show the ones coming after me that a dream isn’t planted within you randomly but because you have a duty to fulfill it , no matter how many weekends you have to sit out of the social scene.  I want to set the example that no matter what motivates you or pressurize you to succeed; you cannot fall into the trap of comparing yourself to other people because it’s detrimental to yourself in very many ways. I hope I can inspire the youth of our continent to believe in their capabilities to achieve their goals no matter how much they may lack in the resources.

I am most grateful for the role God plays in my life, through the people he put in it, the opportunities that he makes available to me and the promises that he makes for my future.

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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

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Gauteng Schools Champs crowned at Winter Games 2015

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One of the highlights of being a blogger is when you get a surprise invitation to attend and cover an event that is filled with so much spirit, pride and excitement! I am talking about last weekend’s Gauteng Provincial School Championships for the sporting codes of Football, Netball, Volleyball and Rugby. These thrilling and oh so nerve wrecking play offs took place at Hoërskool Florida & Albion Sports Complex in Florida on the Westrand on 1 and 2 August 2015. Thank you Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation for inviting Heslop Sports. From start to finish all activities ran as a well oiled machine with team members helpful, friendly and well organized.  Covering this special meet really just reminded us of the Heslop Sports mandate of celebrating our up-and-coming young athletes.  This generation of determined young champions inspire our youth, their communities, and will ultimately make an impact on our nation. Viva young athletes!




“The School Games programme is held in a partnership between the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation and the Gauteng Department of Education, which aim to revitalize school leagues, identify and develop talent and give players an opportunity to showcase their skills, as well as reward outstanding performance and achievements”.









Early morning Western Joburg stretched out an icy hand of welcome on one of its harshest freezing mornings ever, with the earth, wind, air, and frost showing no mercy towards the Young Athletes.



But the best of Gauteng’s sports young talent showed no signs of being deterred by the foul weather as they were all in their element as they shined, scored, cheered and danced for their teams in the hope and expectation of being crowned Provincial Champions, going on to represent Team Gauteng at the SA National School Champs in December 2015.

The participating School teams were from the Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng regions of Gauteng. They competed for the title of provincial champions in their respective age categories.





Winners in the 13 year old and 17 year old categories proceeds to the national level of school games champs in December 2015, with the high aim of defending Gauteng’s title as the reigning national champions for three consecutive years. What an honour for these young talented male and female players!

“Director of Sport and Recreation at the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation and, Mr Veli Mnyandu and Mr Edgar Mogadi, Deputy Director of Sport and Recreation South Africa, were amongst the officials on hand to witness the thrills and spills of the games and award certificates, medals and trophies to the participants”.

“I am highly impressed with the level of talent that Gauteng has produced, and I have the upmost confidence that these young athletes are our future spots stars and will keep Gauteng as the Home of Champions” said MEC for the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation, Ms Molebatsi Bopape.

Please FIND BELOW the list of winning school teams of the provincial school games. Teams who won gold medals in the 13 year old and 17 old categories in the four sporting codes will represent Gauteng at the National Schools Championships in December. WELL DONE! CONGRATULATIONS!

Also watch this space because schools are soon to begin competing in other sporting codes including chess, basketball, gymnastics, table tennis, swimming, hockey and cricket to complete the Gauteng Team for the national championships.









cresi at gauteng winter games


Winners List:

FOOTBALLPRIMARY Boys11 Years MAKOLA Jhb Central FinetownJHB South MatshidisoEkurhuleni South
Girls11 Years KGOMOCO Sedibeng East Meetsi a bopheloTshwane South Job MasekoGauteng East
Boys13 Years CHIEF LUTHULI Ekurhulni North EmfuleniSedibeng West MayibuyeJHB West
Girls13 Years THOPODI Gauteng East IpolokengJHB North BotlehadiTshwane West
VOLLEYBALLPRIMARY Boys11 Years TROYEVILLE Jhb East LoratongTshwane North PolokengSedibeng west
Girls11 Years TROYEVILLE Jhb East RekopantseTshwane West ZolaJHB central
Boys13 Years TROYVILLE Jhb East SBSMJHB central HlabelelaGauteng North
Girls13 Years CATHULA Ekurhuleni South ThuthuzekaniGauteng West Matsie-SteynSedibeng East
NETBALLPRIMARY Girls 11 Years WIERDAPARK Tshwane South MenloparkTshwane South RandhartEkurhuleni South
RUGBYPRIMARY Boys13 Years PIET van VUUREN Jhb North Bula DigoraTshwane South GoedehoopEkurhuleni South
FOOTBALLSECONDARY Boys15 Years BOPHELO JHB North Rosina SeibaneTshwane South EsokwaziSedibeng West
Girls15 Years DR. BW VILAKAZI JHB Central Chipa TabaneGauten North Winnie MandelaEkurhulni North
Boys17 Years ROSINA SEDIBANE Tshwane South Seana MarenaJHB Central Norkem ParkEkurhuleni North
Girls17 Years AURORA GIRLS JHB Central Rosina SeibaneTshwane South MohloliSedibeng East
VOLLEYBALLSECONDARY Boys15 Years SBSM JHB Central Dominican ConventJHB East MaxekeSedibeng West
Girls15 Years MAXEKE Sedibeng West MidrandJHB East LodirileGauteg West
Boys17 Years QUEENS JHB East Beverly HillsSeeding West TM LetlakeGauteng West
Girls17 Years FUMANA Ekurhuleni South PoelanoSeibeng West ThutoloreJHB West
NETBALLSECONDARY Girls 14 Years AFFIES Tshwane South NoordheuwelGauteng west DinamikaEkurhuleni South
NETBALLLSEN Girls MMH19 Years KRUGERLAAN Sedibeng East RoodeparkJhb West MagaliesskoolTshwane North
RUGBYSECONDARY Boys17 Years RHODESFIELD Ekurhuleni North KliptownJhb South LethabileTshwane South


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