EThekwini win 2019 KZN Indigenous Games

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EThekwini Metropolitan Municipalityteam has won the 2019 KZN Indigenous Games Festival held at Kandahar Sports Grounds in Ladysmith, northern KZN, this weekend, 16-17 August.
In the main category (Community) eThekwini collected a total of 28 overall points to claim top spot, followed by King Cetshwayo with 16 points and Team Umgungundlovu came 3rd with 15 points.
In the Schools category, Umlazi District (eThekwini) took first position with 17 overall points followed by Umkhanyakude on 11 points and Umzinyathi was third with nine (9) points.
The event was used to select the team to represent KZN at the National IGs Festival to be held in Polokwane, Limpopo on 22-29 September. Having won the national title for the past eight years, KZN is confident that they will clinch the title again this year.

The annual Provincial games were organised by the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with the KZN Indigenous Games Council, Uthukela District Municipality and the Alfred Duma Local Municipality.
Teams from all 11 municipal districts in KZN competed in different IGs games including rope skipping (ingqathu), stick fighting (induku), driestokkies, khokho, dibeke, juskei, amagende (stones),umlabalaba and incuva.
Chairperson of the Sport and Recreation Portfolio Committee at the KZN Legislature, Amanda Bani-Mapena, who represented MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela, said she was impressed by the level of talent displayed by the youth at the event.
“I was impressed by the level of talent and dedication shown by young people who are participating in these games. I am confident that the team that has been selected will definitely defend the national title in Limpopo next month,” she said.
Bani-Mapena added that they will lobby for government to avail more resources to ensure that the IGs codes are developed.
“We are happy that the indigenous games are now played in schools. Our aim is to ensure that these games are played in all schools and out of school so that they become a popular sport. We will engage MEC Mavimbela and all stakeholders to ensure that government avail more resources to develop these games so that young people can one day be able to make a living from playing indigenous games,” she said.
Overall results:
Community Category:

Position District Points
1 EThekwini Metro 28
2 King Cetshwayo 16
3 Umgungundlovu 15
4 Ugu 14
5 Umzinyathi 8
6 Amajuba 7
7 Harry Gwala 6
8 Ilembe 4
9 Zululand 3
10 Umkhanyakude 1
11 Uthukela 0
Schools Category
Position District Position
1 Umlazi 17
2 Umkhanyakude 11
3 Umzinyathi 9

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