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GogoGirl
Jul 9th, 2002, 09:36 PM
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/WesternCape/0,1113,2-7-830_1211268,00.html




Williams mom in Mother City

Jan-Jan Joubert



Oracene Williams in Cape Town (Yunus Mohamed, Die Burger)
Sisters could visit SA soon

Cape Town - The well-known head of afro-blonde hair, often seen next to the court when a good set of women's tennis is being played, was in Cape Town on Tuesday. Oracene Williams, mother of Venus and Serena, visited the Mother City.

She is on a two-day fact-finding mission to see how her daughters can help promote tennis in South Africa. She has plenty of ideas, but leaves the most pressing question unanswered: Will her daughters visit the country or play a match here?

It will depend on their playing and training commitments and she doesn't want to make any promises.

Our brothers and sisters

Sports minister Ngconde Balfour welcomed Williams and her American entourage by turning on the charm. While he finds men's tennis dull, women's tennis is where the red-hot action is, like that of the offspring of the blonde lady next to him.

And the blonde lady is all smiles. A glittering bauble in the nose, lots of bobbing earrings, a tight-fitting top and smiling joviality make for a charismatic presence.

Balfour finds it significant that her fact-finding mission coincides with the launch of the African Union in Durban.

"Afro-Americans are our brothers and sisters. It is good that she is here to experience this coming together of Africa," he says.

Moral and social role models

Williams explains that Africa is important to their family and confirms that they plan to invest quite a few dollars in local tennis and educational projects.

This is to ensure that Venus and Serena will be able to make a difference by accepting social responsibility even when they are no longer playing tennis.

She she can't go into much detail, as she is here to learn. But she stresses the role of sport in alleviating poverty and she campaigns for better treatment of women in the sporting world.

She also lifted the veil of secrecy around her famous daughters ever so slightly by telling that Serena is not focused on money, but plays to win. So she often forgets the cheque at the podium, causing quite a mission to retrieve it.

And yes, she did have an inkling of who would win Wimbledon. Not that it was fixed, but Venus was slightly injured and not at her best. But mother isn't taking sides. As long as her daughters are moral and social role models, she's happy.

Cam'ron Giles
Jul 9th, 2002, 10:00 PM
Wonerful article. Keep it up GOGOGIRL.

QueenO
Jul 9th, 2002, 10:32 PM
Another Great Article GOGOGIRL!

Dawn Marie
Jul 9th, 2002, 10:47 PM
AWSOME!!!:)

Gumbycat
Jul 9th, 2002, 11:07 PM
Thanks GogoGirl

venusfan
Jul 10th, 2002, 12:22 AM
Does Brandy have a job? or does she gets a pay check from Venus & Serena?

Althea
Jul 10th, 2002, 12:51 AM
Excellent Miss Oracene :kiss:
Keep Helping To Make that Change "she stresses the role of sport in alleviating poverty and she campaigns for better treatment of women in the sporting world

What a fine role model Oracene is for her daughters (as well as others)... and how blessed she is to have daughters that are willing to follow her lead:):)

Go Williams Family and may others (in a position to do so) follow!

Raisin
Jul 10th, 2002, 08:33 AM
Originally posted by venusfan
Does Brandy have a job? or does she gets a pay check from Venus & Serena?

Why would brandy need a job for:confused:

Weevee
Jul 10th, 2002, 11:30 AM
Yes, Brandy is the coach of the sisters. She gets a Salary as coach and perks as parent.

irma
Jul 10th, 2002, 11:46 AM
I thought Brandy was a teacher?
Or did she do that before?

CC
Jul 10th, 2002, 01:36 PM
I thought she was a nurse.