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KwaMbonambi angler to represent SA in fishing competition

Pairs World Championships to be hosted in France, in May this year

Kwambonambi angler Lindokuhle Mdletshe is set to become the first black person from SA to represent the country in an international salt water competition.

Born and raised in Nzalabantu, Lindo (28) makes up only a handful of people who have risen from a rural and impoverished community, to being on the brink of being awarded national colours by the South African Shore Angling Association (SASAA), and thus achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a Protea fisherman.

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However, he will need to compete in one of the biggest angling competitions in the world in order to be awarded his national colours.

It is for this reason that Lindo is humbly seeking assistance in raising the R120 000 needed to cover the cost to travel and compete in the FIPS-M

Pairs World Championships, to be hosted in France in May this year.

‘I do not have the resources to pay for the trip, and that is why I am respectfully looking for donations to help me to achieve this lifelong ambition,’ pleads Lindo, who works as a fishing shop salesman in Durban.

‘My father taught me to fish and passed on his passion for the sport. I have been a keen fisherman ever since, fishing for various clubs in KZN and learning the skills and tools of the trade,’ he added.

To this and being chosen as the first black person to represent my country in this competition, Lindo said, ‘This is an unbelievable honour for me, but also a big responsibility. I hope to inspire others from my community to pursue their fishing dreams and show them that we can achieve the impossible, through commitment and hard work.’

Lindo said he had not been contacted by the Department of Sport and has not received any sponsorship or funding from them.

Mentor and employer, Barry Wareham who has encouraged and motivated Lindo to compete in many championships, said it would be very sad if he were to miss out on this life-time experience because of lack of funding.

‘Lindo has always been a very enthusiastic angler. He has a very friendly disposition and is always willing to help and assist other people wherever he can. It brings great joy to see his success in the FIPS-M facet of angling after having introduced him to it a few years ago.

‘This opportunity to represent South Africa in Europe is no doubt going to be a life-time experience for him,’ said Barry.

Help Lindo get to France by donating to his Back-A-Buddy campaign on: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/lindo-mdletshe Or call: +27 64 073 8613



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