Preparations for the PLFA Gala Dinner Event 2018 in Full Steam

Phelindaba Local Football Association is in full steam in preparing for the Gala Event that will take place on the 27th of October 2018 at the Atteridgeville Community Hall from 17h00.

During the Event, the association will be unfolding its strategic focus for the next three to five years. The significance of this is that none of the association’s plans will materialise unless the community, sporting stakeholders, business, academia, media, footballers, and young people understand those, buy in and a play a role.

PLFA is not an isolated organisation, it is a member of the community just like all of us as individuals and as collectives. It needs that integration. This event will play a major role in creating opportunities for such an alignment. Our Secretary, Mr. Solly Mohlabeng will unpack these on behalf of the Executive Committee.

Our affiliates, Sister LFAs, Mother bodies (SAFA Tshwane as well as Atteridgeville Saulsville Sports and Recreation Council – ASSREC) will also play a major role in securing the achievement of these long terms goals. Support is needed to conceptualise the building blocks for the creation of a corporate-like Non-Profit Organisation that delivers value not only to the football fraternity, but to the community and businesses at large.

We are not alone. Mark Fish is with us.

Mr. Mark Fish is the face of the event. He will assist the association in Marketing the event to the identified and relevant stakeholders.

Mark Fish needs no introduction. However in the likely event that he needs to be introduced, Mark was born in Cape Town and started his career in his playing for Arcadia Shepherds, an amateur team based at the Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria. He was spotted by then Jomo Cosmos  and turned professional as a striker. In 1994 he was signed by Orlando Pirates after Cosmos were relegated. At Pirates he played the best football of his career. He also won the league championship at Pirates, as well as the BP Top Eight Cup in 1994, the 1995 African Champions League and the 1995 Bobsave Super Bowl (then the premier cup in South Africa). He captained The Buccaneers when they beat JS Kabylie in the 1996 CAF Super Cup. In the same year he was part of the history making South African national team to have won the African Cup of Nations at the first attempt after South Africa’s readmission to FIFA in 1992. Soon after he was signed by Lazio of Italy. After just one season moved to England to play for Bolton Wanderers. He later moved to Charlton Athletic in November 2000.

The community of Tshwane at large must watch the space as PLFA’s Organising Committee will be painting the town red with Mark Fish. They will be visiting the malls, radio stations, and other visibility interventions in order to make the event popular.

But Mark Fish is not the only one with us.


The Programme Director for the event is none other than Mr. Moloko Matlala.

Moloko is from South African Agency of Science and Technology Advancement. He Leads a team that runs Science Education within the Agency.

Moloko likes nothing more than to see people prospering, especially learners and students. After all, that is what attracted him to the world of science in the first place. He was born and grew up in Pretoria, but he attended primary and high school at Modjadji near Tzaneen.

Moloko worked for the Department of Education – first as a teacher at a technical high school for four years, then as a senior lecturer at a technical college for six years, and finally as a deputy chief education specialist and later chief education specialist at the national department for 12 years.

Through his membership of a number of committees, Moloko was involved in the development of the unit standards for electrical, mathematics as well as mathematical literacy. He served as a member of the SAQA NSB 10, and was involved with the development of the National Curriculum statement (NSC) for Grade 10 / 12. He was the first Project Manager of Dinaledi schools and coordinated the launch of the first 102 Dinaledi schools.

Before joining SAASTA, Moloko worked for the South African College Principals Organisation (SACPO) as an Executive Manager responsible for the support of academic staff and students of FET colleges.

Therefore there is no doubt that the programme of the day will be run proficiently by such an academic.


As if that is not enough, and then there is the elegant Ms Ria Ledwaba, the Vice President of SAFA, or the Godmother of the Local Game, as she is affectionately known.

Ria was first known to many of us when she entered the Premier Soccer League with her team called Ria Stars, or affectionately known as Manyora. They were formed in 1989 and in 2000 they were promoted to the Premier Soccer League. In 2002 they were bought out by the league in order to reduce fixture congestion. She never left football. This year she was elected the Vice President of SAFA.

Currently, Ria is conducting a women in football roadshow that will end in September. The programme has a two-pronged objective – a fact-finding mission on women’s football in the country as well as to lay the groundwork for the National Women’s League, which is scheduled to start in April.

On the 28th of June 2018, Ria said that she plans to use her new role to inspire the progression of football not only in South Africa but on the continent. Not too long after that, she is at it, inspiring the progression of football in Phelindaba. Ria Ledwaba will deliver the Key Note Address at the Gala Dinner Event.


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