Carnival City & AERCT Honour Semenya, Mulaudzi and Mokoena

IMG_0021Carnival City and the Afrisun East Rand Community Trust (AERCT) honoured South Africa’s IAAF World Championships medal winners Caster Semenya, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Ekurhuleni’s own Khotso Mokoena at a special luncheon on Friday 16 October.

In recognition of their achievements at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin in August – Semenya and Mulaudzi scooped Gold medals in the 800m track events while Mokoena secured Silver in the long jump – each athlete received R40 000 from Carnival City and the AERCT.

Mr Gibson Thula, Chairman of the AERCT, believes that the trio should be recognized for what they have accomplished for South Africa. “We are incredibly proud of each of these athletes – particularly for Khotso as we feel we have played a small part in his development into a world-class athlete,” he said. “We hope that the money we handed over to them here today goes some way towards recognizing their achievements and spurs them on to even greater heights.”

The AERCT spotted Mokoena’s talent in 2004 when they were in the process of sponsoring sporting equipment for his school. The trustees were so excited by the young man’s talent that they helped him further his training and gave him the opportunity to compete in Europe.

Speaking on behalf of the overwhelmed trio, Athletics South Africa’s spokesperson, Chris   Britz said: “We appreciate and applaud AERCT’s partnership with ASA to support sports development and recognition of performances of our athletes at major international events. The incentives will go a long way in motivating the athletes to achieve more in the future whilst at the same time it sends a good message to up and coming athletes that performance deserves to be rewarded.”

Semenya and Mulaudzi were unable to attend because of last-minute commitments, but Ekurhuleni’s own Khotso Mokoena was on hand to receive his cheque. The other two athletes were represented by family members.

Issued on behalf of Carnival City & the AERCT by:
Trevor Crighton