Free State MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Me Mathabo Leeto, has congratulated Nechodeumus “Shine” Banyane following his appointment as the new head coach for Karate South Africa Kumite. Banyane has been involved with the Free State Sport Science Institute (FSSSI) Elite Athlete & Coach Support Programme as a Coach of the High Performance Karate Group since 2012.
Under his leadership and coaching, Karate in the Free State was lifted to new heights on National and International platforms. Athletes in this programme are supported with Sport Science Services from the FSSSI as well as the best possible coaching on a daily basis at the High Performance Training Karate Facility.
Banyane has also been part of the FS Coaching Commission since 2007 and has been a member of Karate SA Coaching Commission since 2013. He also coached the SA Team to Zone 6 from 2013 – 2015 and to the Junior Africa Championships in 2013 and the Senior Africa Championships in 2014 as well as the All Africa Championships in 2015. He has recently been appointed as the Head Coach for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Congratulating Banyane for his new appointment MEC N.S. Leeto said, “We are proud as the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation to have played a critical role in harnessing the skills and expertise of Nechodeumus Banyane such that he is now recognized nationally. We are confident that his new role will help take South African Karate to greater heights.
The development and support for sport codes like karate is important because like any other sport code, karate is a key instrument we can use to promote a healthy lifestyle and we can also use it to promote social cohesion within our society. As a department we continue to support this sport through the various resources we have at the FSSSI.”