Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune revealed his satisfaction after donating R350 000 to Letshelemane Primary School and R150 000 to an old age home in his home town, Ventersdorp, back in May.
The South African No 1 goalkeeper made the donations following his triumph at the South African Sports Awards held at the Sun City Super Bowl in Rustenburg last year, where he was crowned the country’s top sports star, pocketing a sum of R1 million, of which half went to charity.
On top of his monetary prize, the 27-year-old goal-minder also walked away with a 2013 BMW 1-series.
The "Spider Kid" was voted for by the public, finishing ahead of Proteas star Hashim Amla, swimming sensation Chad le Clos, wheelchair tennis star Lucas Sithole and runner Mapaseka Makhanya.
Khune confirmed that Letshelemane Primary School utilised the money to upgrade their sports ground and other facilities which will be named after him.
“To be quite honest, it’s not easy to take money from your own pocket and give it away,” said Khune.
“But we all know the satisfaction we get when we share with people who can’t afford a loaf of bread.
“When I won the SA Sportsman of the year award in 2013, I told myself that am not taking the entire money home because I have been making money in my industry from club bonuses, sponsors, advertisements and other inceptives.
“Of course Vaseline and Nike are putting something on my table.
“I was excited to donate although I was already told that half of it must go to any charity of my choice, so I donated R350 000 to Letshelemane Primary School where I went in my childhood days.
“They told me they will use it to upgrade their sports ground and they will also name it after me.
“I also donated R150 000 to another old age home in Ventersdorp.”
“The remaining half a million I have invested in a certain property for my own benefit.
“I bought it cash and I registered it under the name Itumeleng Khune Holdings at the beginning of this year.
Khune is currently nursing an ankle injury sustained at the beginning of the 2014/15 Absa Premiership season.