by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
The course of the Celebrity Golf Club served as the venue for the South African Freedom Day Golf Tournament on April 27 attracting golfers from the various clubs in the country.
When it concluded, Albert Loubser emerged the one with the closet shot to the pin for men while Leticia Amponsah-Mensah emerged the victor in the women’s division.
Leticia again scooped the prize for the longest drive while Jerry Tetteh got the prize for the men’s category.
The 2nd runner up for the Group B female players was Ama Morgan while Cathy Fabbi emerged as the first runner up with Jenny Hong-Lee adjudged the winner for females Group B. They all took MTN souvenirs home.
In Group A, Nana Bema Tackie emerged the 2nd runner up with Mary Prempeh adjudged the first runner up while Leticia Amponsah -Mensah was the undisputed champion of Group A.
Heading to Men’s Group A, Robert Abbey repelled keen challenge from fellow players to place as the 2nd runner up while Emmanuel Quarcoo emerged the first runner up with Kweku Okyere hailed as the ultimate champion in Group A.
In the Men’s Group B list, Mordecai Quarshie walked home as the 2nd runner up while Daniel Aryee had the good fortune of emerging the 1st runner up while the don of the day and winner of the Men’s Group B was John Blay.
The South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Lulu Xingwana reminded patrons the Freedom Day was a monumental day which saw Black South Africans vote for the first time having been oppressed by the apartheid regime.
“It was a struggle not only for South Africans but brothers and sisters across the continent who supported the cause,” she submitted mentioning Kwame Nkrumah, Kenneth Kaunda and Julius Nyerere for roles played in attaining independence.
She recalled how Angola, Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe would take in South Africans being pursued by the apartheid security forces but also informed the gathering of golfers, media men and women and employees of stakeholder companies of how the security operatives sometimes crossed into these countries and killed their citizens who offered shelter to the weary South Africans not sparing children.
“In all the struggle, Namibia’s 1990 independence gave us hope that we would be soon free which happened in 1994 while Angola’s 2002 peace pact between rebels and the MPLA brought us joy,” Madam Xingwana mentioned.
Having reported to take her ambassadorial past in February 2015 in Ghana, she’s served her 4-year term and is due home for a new ambassador to takeover and it is here, Madam Lulu declared she would miss Ghana and her people but will bear her thoughts, mind and heart.
The April 27 Freedom Day saw over 29,000 registered South Africans vote at various embassies and consulates in the nation’s sixth national election.
The home bound citizens will go to the poll on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 with voters looking at the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA) or the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) as the party to vote for.