September 24 marked the official opening of the Tottenham Hotspur House as part of the 'Soccer Village' in South Africa, Rustenburg.
The SOS village welcomed local figures and dignitaries including the Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng Nation and former Spurs captain and 2010 World Cup South Africa ambassador Gary Mabbutt.
Lane legend Gary expressed his delight at the village opening: "This village is a blueprint for the way forward. It shines as hope to people around the world and I am proud that football plays such a prominent social role in South Africa."
Rustenburg village director, Kerileng Mushi, added: "Today marks one of the important days in the history of the SOS Children's Village Rustenburg as we officially open the village.
"This for us means celebrating the evolvement of this village, celebrating the children as our future - 'Bana Boswa', celebrating the partnerships that we have established since the inception of this village, and raising more awareness of this village. We now have 44 children in our care in the village since its establishment. Another 18 children are expected to join us by the end of 2008."
In 2007 the Club announced a four-year international charity partnership with SOS Children's Villages, and over the past year we have been working with the charity on a number of initiatives in support of their work in South Africa including their work in Rustenburg.
The Tottenham Hotspur House, which is uniquely and completely funded by monies received from players' fines, aims to provide orphaned children in South Africa with a family that they can call their own.
The SOS Children's Village Rustenburg is situated in a suburb called Tlhabane West, a particularly needy area of Rustenburg, which forms part of the North West province that has a high number of orphaned and vulnerable children. The village comprises ten new houses constructed within the existing community. The community-integrated homes offer the children a sense of being part of a wider community and provide a conductive environment for mixing and playing with local children.
We will keep you updated on the progress and developments of Tottenham Hotspur House and our family throughout the course of the season and let you know how you too can be involved.
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