KWAZULU-NATAL has done it
again on the sporting front after scooping yet another national title recently.
This follows an excellent performance by the Province’s senior citizens (ogogo nomkhulu) who successfully defended
their title at National Champions in the National Golden Games last week.
The annual National Golden
Games were held in Polokwane in the Limpopo Province between 24 and 28 October.
The Golden Games are a national event where persons older than 65 compete in
various sporting codes. The Games featured 17 codes including athletics, duck
walk, jukskei, dress-up, football and others.
It is a joint initiative of
the Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with Social Development Department
at national and provincial levels. It
also includes programmes such as the senior citizen’s parliament and music
Team KZN - which gave
itself a nickname “Tsunami” – scooped most of the trophies on offer in
different games, thus returning home with the Gold medal. They were followed by
Gauteng on the second sport and Limpopo, the hosts came third.
MEC for Arts, Culture,
Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi applauded the senior citizens for
their win, adding that their dedication should serve as a motivation to younger
“Our senior citizens have
done us proud and we are very excited about their victory. I knew they were
going to do it,” said MEC Sithole-Moloi.
“I want to thank them for
once again putting our Province on the map, as well as everyone who has given
them support. In particular I want to thank the Office of the Premier and the
provincial Department of Social Department for partnering with us in programmes
that are aimed at improving the quality of life for our senior citizens,” added
Social Development Minister
Bathabile Dlamini, KZN Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi and Head of the
Department of Sport and Recreation KZN, Rohini Naidoo are among the dignitaries
that graced the event to encourage senior citizens.
Team KZN players said they
were expecting this good performance due to proper preparation and team work.
“The games went very well
and we are really proud that we won. We are grateful to our government for
giving us this opportunity to be part of the games. Never in our wildest dreams
had we ever thought we will be able to sleep in a hotel. But our government has
granted us that opportunity. Here we are and we have been granted an
opportunity to live a healthy life through sport and recreation. We are really
grateful to the Department of Sport and Recreation” said Joseph Madonsela, one
of the participants.
senior citizens to participate in regular physical activities because it is a
proven fact that sport does was not only entertaining but has health benefits