disability sport and ensuring their active participation in all aspects of life
is very high on the priorities of MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation,
Sithole-Moloi demonstrated this when she visited Harding under Umuziwabantu
Municipality in southern KwaZulu-Natal to hand-over a multi-sport combination
court facility that has been built by the Department of Sport and Recreation at
Harding Special School.
event on Friday, 3rd November coincided with the start of National
Disability Rights Awareness Month which is commemorated in the country between
3 November and 3 December. This year's
theme is: “Persons with disabilities – Equal participants in shaping a
are here as the government to say we are proud of this school. We have heard
good news about this school. We heard that pupils here are doing very well not
only academically, but also in sports,” said MEC Sithole-Moloi.
sport is one of the priorities of our administration, whereby we are
encouraging people living with disability to participate in sport and live
their lives fully,” added the MEC.
said people living with disability have related to her their desire to be given
opportunities to work for their living instead of just relying on social
grants. “Some of them have qualifications and they want to work to feed their
said during the recent Paralympic Games in Brazil our athletes showed that they
were capable of participating in sport until they reach international stage,
and KZN want to see more athletes from within “our communities” emerging.
the state of the art facility, the MEC also gave the school sporting equipment
including a set of tennis wheelchairs, tennis rackets & balls and football
goal posts as well as football & netball playing kits.
primary school for children with different forms of disabilities has many
sporting accolades on its name. It has produced at least three athletes who are
part of the SA Wheelchair Tennis Team of which one of them is ranked 4th
in the world. The school is part of the Department’s School Sport Programme and
has excelled in a number of competitions in different sporting codes.
Relations Manager for Wheelchair South Africa, Anthony Moruthane who also attended
the launch said the combo-court will help address the lack of practicing facilities
which has led to the top players from the region migrating to Gauteng to pursue
Sithole Moloi revealed that as part of the Disability Month, she will also host
a provincial symposium for people living with disabilities to discuss matters
affecting them particularly in sports and arts.
MEC concluded her visit with a community meeting in at Ward 1 of the
Umuziwabantu meeting to promote “Active Lifestyles” in communities, which is
one of her key focus areas. The event
was also attended by the Ugu District Mayor Tolomane Mnyayiza and Local Mayor
Dixie Nciki as well as other community leaders.