Thursday 26 June 2014

The Murray & Roberts 2014 Jack Cheetham and Letsema Awards

The call for nominations is now open.

Since 1981, Murray & Roberts has been making a difference by rewarding and recognising projects that contribute to the development of sport in South Africa.

Sport has the ability to transform the lives of many young South Africans. Previous beneficiaries of the awards include Sizwe Ndlovu, a member of the South African lightweight fours Olympic rowing team, who was one of the first successes to emerge from Rowing South Africa’s schools transformation programme. Rowing South Africa won the 2002 Jack Cheetham Award.

The Jack Cheetham Award targets sports development projects for able-bodied individuals or teams that have the potential to be champions.

The Jack Cheetham Award was initiated by Murray & Roberts 33 years ago, in conjunction with the Johannesburg Sportsman’s Club and in recognition of the special qualities of Jack Cheetham, a former director of the company and the inspirational captain of the South African cricket team in the 1950s who was able to instill in young people the belief that they could win.

Bethelsdorp Wrestling Academy, a programme to uplift children from disadvantaged communities in Port Elizabeth and winners of the 2013 Jack Cheetham Award, took home seven gold medals, six silver medals and one bronze medal at the South African Regional Championships in September 2013.

The Letsema Award, instituted in 2009 following the outstanding performance of Hilton Langenhoven at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, recognises sports development projects for people with disabilities.

Mandeville Aquatics Disability Centre of Excellence, winners of the 2013 Letsema Award focuses on the development of swimming in Central Gauteng’s disabled and previously disadvantaged communities and develops them to a level where they can compete successfully at a National and Paralympics level.

Murray & Roberts undertakes the awards in partnership with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

Ø To be eligible for nomination, a sports project must demonstrate a meaningful contribution to the development of sport in South Africa and it must benefit previously disadvantaged individuals.

Ø Nominations in all sporting codes are considered but preference is given to sporting codes that do not attract high levels of funding.

Ø Projects that have previously been receipients of either award may only be nominated again in the year after they receive their final payments.

Nominations should be sent to:

Email: or

Fax: 086 662 6003 or 086 607 5547

Reference: JC Award for Jack Cheetham Award nominations

LA Award for Letsema Award nominations

Enquiries: 011 456 011 456 1587.

Closing date for nominations is 31 July 2014.

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