Platinum Stars up for sale?
Platinum Stars fans' worst fears could come to haunt them in the coming days after it emerged yesterday that the wealthy Royal Bafokeng nation in Phokeng, North West, is considering selling the club.
An insider told TimesLive high-level discussions had taken place at the Royal Bafokeng Supreme Council to discuss new ways of running the club. If solutions are not found in the coming days, it might be forced to sell.
"This is a sensitive issue for the leaders because there are serious things related to the social welfare of the people like water, sanitation, health, infrastructure and education, which are top priority.
"The nation would not have a problem continuing to run a professional football team but are under pressure because their mandate is to look after communities."
The insider said the escalating costs of running the club were taking their toll on the rulers.
The RBN has an ambitious Vision 2020 plan to uplift people in the area and motivate them to become economically self-sufficient participants in the economy.
If it is forced to sell, it will plead with the buyer to keep the club in the province because it has a role in the upliftment of the people in North West.
Stars CE Cliff Ramoroa was not available for comment.
Operations will not be immediately affected as the budget for the next season has been approved and the team are busy with their CAF Confederations Cup programme. Dikwena take on Mouloudia D'Alger on Friday at the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers.