11 April, 2019
Today marks the Anniversary of the Ellis Park Disaster where 43 football loving fans lost their lives in a league match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs 18 years ago.
Orlando Pirates Football Club and the South African football fraternity at large shall never forget that fateful evening on 11 April 2011 at the Ellis Park Stadium for history loses meaning when it fails to help us learn and take precautions going forward.
Message from the club:
The true beginning of wisdom is the desire to learn – The Wisdom of Solomon 6: 17
As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude. It is only when everything is hopeless, that hope begins to be a strength at all. Like all virtues, it is as unreasonable as it is indispensable.
The events of 11 April 2001 and the continued remembrance of all those who passed will forever represent the lowest ebb of hopelessness in South African football.
If only as a mark of respect for those who laid their lives on 11 April 2001 our wisdom begins. Our desire to learn and make sure it never happens again is the greatest hope we can create for the living.
4/11 SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN
4/11 SHOULD NEVER BE REPEATED
4/11 WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN