Team Uthukela District for becoming the overall winners of the annual Work and
Play Provincial Club Championships for government servants held in Newcastle,
north of the Province, at weekend (02-03 December).
Teams from various
Provincial and National Government Departments, including entities and
municipalities, competed in soccer, volleyball and netball on Friday and
The programme is part
of efforts by government to promote active lifestyle among public employees by
encouraging them to participate in sport and recreation activities.
This event is hosted
with the aim of addressing the health issues faced by public servants such as
obesity, depression, heart diseases and cardiovascular diseases due to not
doing physical exercises and constantly involving themselves in unhealthy habit
such as using alcohol and drugs in an abusive manner.
MEC for Arts, Culture,
Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi applauded the programme that
encourages civil servants to be active.
recognizes that public servants are faced with many work-related stressful situations
and many of them do not exercise their bodies, leading to many lifestyle diseases.”
“Through the Work and
Play programme we are attempting to inculcate a culture of active lifestyle
among government employees across all age groups. Through their participation
in sport and recreation they will become a positive influence to work peers as
well as their families.”