Secunda training manager loves golf – Ridge Times
Daniel Nyathela’s love and interest in golf started when he was 12 years old working as a caddy at Benoni Country Club.
The golf player he caddyed for taught him how to play golf.
Nyathela got a scholarship to train as a mechanical craftsman in Johannesburg after high school.
During this time, Nyathela saved some money, bought her first golf set and started playing golf every weekend.
He worked in Johannesburg for five years until he received a Sasol scholarship and moved to Secunda to work at Sasol in instrumentation and analysis.
Nyathela joined Walkerpark Golf Club in 1991 and later Kinross Golf Club where he was a member for seven years.
He then joined Secunda Municipal Golf Club which eventually became Graceland Hotel, Casino and Country Club.
He won the Graceland Championship in 2017 and also played for the senior provincial golf team for several years.
Nyathela represented South Africa at the BMW Amateur Global Golf Tournament in 2016.
He thought his golf career was over after he was involved in a car accident in 2011.
His foot was badly injured to such an extent that he lost some toes on his left foot and broke his tibia and fibula on his right leg.
However, Nyathela has managed to recover and remains a force to be reckoned with on the golf course.
Nyathela loves being a teacher. He currently works as a training facilitator at Sasol and because of his love for teaching, he has a soft spot for less fortunate learners at schools in the area.
This prompted him to initiate a project that unites his two favorite things, golf and teaching.
This project includes hosting an annual golf tournament specifically to raise funds for needy learners in the area.
The charity golf tournament was held at the Graceland Hotel, Casino and Country Club earlier this year and 14 of the 36 players in the group donated money for the cause.
When Nyathela is not on the golf course or working, he teaches at two local colleges.
Her love for teaching started at the age of 15 and went through the math paper with her high school classmates to help them prepare for the next test or exam.
At one point, another 200 learners came seeking Nyathela’s help.
“I realized then already how much I love teaching and now with my job as a training agent I also have the opportunity to teach people.”
Nyathela’s dream is to see today’s young black golf players compete with Ernie Els, Brendon Grace and Louis Oosthuizen of the future.
“I never had the opportunity in my childhood to do that,” Nyathela said.