It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the opening of the South African open Pool Championship. I am especially humbled to stand before both men and ladies from across the country, from different provinces to compete for the South African Open Pool Championship title.
With the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports’ purpose in mind, which is to optimise social behaviour through sports and recreation, it is clear that Pool Billiards South Africa has contributed to this objective.
I am heartened to personally witness the funding allocated from the Department to Western Cape Federations, such as Western Cape Blackball, has not gone squandered, and that some of those beneficiaries are among you here today.
I take this opportunity to remind you that you are not only the best pool players in South Africa but also contributing to the socio-economic development of the country as a whole. Our communities need good role models like you, who can lead by example, through sport and other areas of life. Your expertise in the game of pool brings about much discipline and commitment, which is often lacking in our societies. Through your success, your commitment and discipline have a ripple-effect on the younger generation, even if unknowingly.
So ladies and gentlemen, I wish you all the best of luck, not as if you need it, but nonetheless. I also urge you to continue to be the positive role models to the youth in your communities, because we are all aware of the adversities with which they are faced on a daily basis.
To conclude, how many pool players does it take to screw in a light bulb? 10, 1 to screw it in and 9 to say ‘phhttt, I could do that!’ ”