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MEC Moloi praises the Provincial Indigenous’ Games

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

The MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture Mme Onicca Moloi has expressed her satisfaction at a manner in which the 2017 Limpopo Provincial Indigenous’ Games unfolded last weekend.

Like other sport and recreation codes, indigenous games impact on a number of socio-economic issues such as African identity, cultural diversity, education and training- accessibility of resources, international relations and most significantly the economic growth.

The revival of indigenous Games in South Africa evolved as a response to the national call to embrace African Renaissance. This revival is intended to popularise those cultural activities that have a particular appeal to vast sectors of the South African society, particularly the traditional rural people.

Sanctioned by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture; five districts across the Limpopo Province: Vhembe, Mopani, Sekhukhune, Capricorn and Waterberg District gathered at the Polokwane Rugby Club for a two day Provincial multi-sporting spectacle, held over two days (Saturday 29 July to Sunday 30 July), which saw them compete in Morabaraba, Khadi, Ncuva, Intonga, Jukskei, Kho-kho and Dibeke.

Following a calculation of points from all sporting activities at the climax of a two day event, the Mopani District were crowned champions. They were followed by Capricorn District in the second place while Waterberg District completed the top three.

The Provincial Indigenous Games have grown from strength to strength each year and was also the case this year, much to the delight of MEC Moloi.

“Yes, I am very happy because every year we grow from strength to strength and the number of participants is always increasing. We are also getting enough support from the houses of traditional leaders. I am very happy because things went accordingly as expected.” Said the elated MEC Moloi

Following their impressive triumph, Mopani District will now represent the Province in the upcoming National Indigenous Games to be staged at the Seshego Stadium on 24 September 2017.