Afrisun East Rand Community Trust & Carnival City

Ekhuruleni’s Khotso Mokoena Scoops SA’s First Medal at Beijing Olympics 2008

The East Rand’s own Godfrey Khotso Mokoena has won South Africa’s first Olympic medal of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning Silver in the Men’s Long Jump with a jump of 8.24 metres.

Mokoena’s talent was first recognised in 2004 by the Afrisun East Rand Community Trust (AERCT) when they sponsored Nigel High School with a fully-equipped gym and sporting equipment to the value of R150 000. Whilst working there, the team became aware of the young athlete, who showed tremendous potential in long jump and triple jump, so the Trust decided to assist him to further his training and help him compete in Europe.

Mokoena placed just behind Panama’s Irving Jahir Saladino Aranda, and beat out Cuba’s Ibrahim Camejo for second after qualifying for the final with a 4th place in Group A in the initial rounds at the National Stadium.

The AERCT held a special ceremony before Khotso left for Beijing on 21 May, contributing R10 000 towards Khotso’s trip – helping him enjoy his time off in Beijing to see more of the world than he dreamed of as a child from Heidelberg.

AERCT Executive Trustee Sandy Hattingh is proud that the Trust was able to play a small part in Mokoena’s development. “We could not be happier for Khotso – he is showing the world his true potential and we’re sure that many other big things lie ahead for him,” she says. “We look forward to welcoming him – and his Olympic Silver Medal – back to the East Rand for a celebration when he returns”

Issued on behalf of AERCT by:
Trevor Crighton