Monnas centenary festival on track after let down by SA Schools Challenge Trust

Monnas centenary festival on track after let down by SA Schools Challenge Trust

Hoërskool Monument’s rugby festival to celebrate the schools centenary next weekend was given a serious jolt following a statement on Thursday informing the schools organisers that the SA Schools Challenge Trust under chairman Bart Schoeman could not obtain the promised sponsorship.

However, what SA Schools Challenge Trust couldn’t achieve in months filled with promises but no action, has been put right in days by the Monnas organisers Tjaart van der Walt and Wynand Moolman.

In a statement by Van der Walt, Hoërskool Monument’s Director of Rugby, he thanks the rugby fraternity for their response after the one-sided and rather shocking withdrawal ten days before the tournament’s kick-off on Friday 23 April.

‘It is therefore a privilege to announce that the we are going ahead with the tournament to celebrate Monas’ 100th year. Forty-five teams from 24 rugby schools across the country have committed themselves to participate in the tournament.

‘We are thankful to the sponsors who have committed themselves at short notice to ensure that the tournament goes ahead.

‘More info regarding the sponsors, fixtures and the broadcasting of the tournament will be announced early next week.

‘We look forward to your support on 23, 24 and 26 April.’

BACKGROUND OF CRISIS

The background of the near-crisis is as follows:

The involvement of the organisers SA Schools Challenge Trust, under chairmanship of Bart Schoeman, informed Monument in a statement on Thursday that ‘we have been unable to secure a sponsor title for the tournament despite assuring the Monnas organisers ‘a number of times’ that sponsors were in place.

In a statement the SA Schools Challenge Trust apologises for ‘the decision, which was not reached easily, to cancel the upcoming festival hosted at Hoërskool Monument.”

A member of the SA Schools Challenge Trust, Carl Fabian, has according to one of the Monnas organiser Wynand Moolman, informed the organisers ‘a number of times’ that the sponsorship was in place.

But in SA Schools Challenge Trust statement on the website Ruggas.co.za on Thursday, Fabian refers to ‘a number of substantial hurdles with respect to various regulations and directives applicable to the return of school sport as well as the return to school rugby’ in a letter advising the school organisers and in fact all stakeholder that the tournament has been shelved

The letter goes on to say ‘we have been unable to secure a sponsor title for the tournament (this despite assuring the Monnas organisers ‘a number of times’ that sponsors were in place).

In a statement the SA Schools Challenge Trust apologises for ‘the decision, which was not reached easily, to cancel the upcoming festival hosted at Hoërskool Monument.”