The MEC for Arts,
Culture, Sport and Recreation in KwaZulu-Natal, Mrs. Bongi Sithole-Moloi has
applauded the Provincial Indigenous Games Team for once again winning the
National Games held in Polokwane, Limpopo this week.
The annual games
formed part of Heritage Month activities and had all 11 provinces taking part
at Seshego Stadium from 24-28 September.
This was the 6th
version of the games organized by Sport and Recreation SA, and KZN has won on
investment that our government is making into the development of all types of
sporting codes is already showing signs of success. As government we will
continue to support out athletes and teams to cement our status as the Province
of winners,” remarked the elated Sithole-Moloi.
The aim of the
Indigenous Games programme is to revive and preserve the games played by
different South African communities for future generations to enjoy.
Team KZN were
clear winners at 48 overall points after bagging a whopping seven (7) gold
medals, 17 silver medals and two (2) bronze medals. They were followed by Limpopo Province with
28 overall points which is a 20 points gap.
KZN umlabalaba female player who won a Gold Medal was filled with joy after
winning her medal. “I’m thrilled and very happy for winning the gold medal. I
was expecting to win this gold medal even though the new system they applied to
the games was not good and it was so unfair to teams. But I’m very satisfied
with the results we got;” she said.
Mrs. Rohini Naidoo,
the Head of the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation said she believed that
the reason why Team KZN continues being dominant at this sport is through their
effective structures and skilled athletes at all levels as well as good team