We’re ready for sunny days filled with hitting fours and sixes and wickets falling! This is thanks to OFM, the sound of your summer, becoming the official media partner and sponsor of the North West Dragons men’s cricket team for the 2021/2022 season.

The Dragons are currently preparing for their first debut tournament in the new CSA Division 1. In 2022, the Dragons will compete in the Mzansi Super League as well as numerous one day matches.

As media partner, OFM will cover the Dragons’ 2021/2022 season with team news, results, information on upcoming matches and interviews with team players.

Says Nick Efstathiou, the CEO of Central Media Group: “Dragons cricket has a rich history of success in generating many excellent players. We are excited to be part of this history for years to come. Cricket is loved in Potchefstroom, and we can not wait to watch the loved Dragons from the grass embankments of South Africa’s favourite stadium.”

According to North West Cricket CEO, HP Prinsloo: “With first class cricket being back in the province, we are extremely excited to rally behind the team. Playing in Cricket South Africa’s new top tier domestic competitions will bring back the pride of sport supporters all around the province. For the first time in a very long time, we have a team we can call our own and players who come through our ranks will now have an option to stay home and play for the home team.”

Central Media Group (CMG) has partnered with the Young Entrepreneurs Foundation (YEF) to equip a group of learners from Nozala Intermediate School in Phahameng, Bloemfontein, to start their own micro-enterprises in a fun and experimental way. YEF teaches children, teenagers and young adults vital entrepreneurial, financial literacy and self-employment skills. More specifically, they empower children and young adults to become their own boss; acquire a Millionaire Mindset; and be equipped for the rapidly changing world of work.

Everything the learners have learnt through the programme will culminate in a Market Day, which will be held at the Langenhoven Park Market on Saturday, 4 September 2021. Here they will put all the knowledge gained into practice by hosting their own stand and selling their products.

YEF is a non-profit entity, established with the objective of attracting donor funding and corporate sponsorship in order to offer entrepreneurship and financial literacy programmes to children from disadvantaged communities. The belief is that youth unemployment, poverty alleviation and major socio-economic change can only be achieved if an entrepreneurial culture is established in South Africa. Therefore, children need to be exposed to entrepreneurship from a very early age and their natural entrepreneurial mindset needs to be nurtured. Organisations like Central Media Group can play a major role in changing the lives of many children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Together with YEF, we believe that we can inspire dreams and empower children to become the authors of their own destiny. Anyone who wants to find out more about YEF can contact Danie Jacobs at info@younge.co.za.

“Investing in the entrepreneurial spirit is needed in an economy that needs entrepreneurs. We desire to assist learners in learning new trades and skills and to gain the knowledge they can take into the economy. We are building knowledge that future generations can benefit from.” – Nick Efstathiou, Central Media Group CEO.