Pro­vin­cial Indige­nous Games pre­serve rich her­itage

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Arts Culture - Hlengiwe Ngob­ese

The KiNG CeTsh­wayo DisTriCT, in north­ern KwaZulu-Natal, has been crowned pro­vin­cial cham­pi­ons ahead of the Na­tional Indige­nous Games tak­ing place in Septem­ber.

The King Cetsh­wayo District, in north­ern KwaZulu-Natal, took top hon­ours in the re­cent re­gional 2017 Indige­nous Games held at the Kan­da­har Sports Ground in Lady­smith.

King Cetsh­wayo District was crowned cham­pi­ons with 22 points, fol­lowed by the Um­gun­gundlovu District on 17 points and the eThek­wini Metro with 16 points.

A pro­vin­cial team will now be se­lected to take part in the Na­tional Indige­nous Games tak­ing place in Lim­popo this month.

All 11 KwaZulu-Natal dis­tricts went head-to-head in the thrilling re­gional event, fight­ing for the num­ber one spot in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing in­gqathu (rope skip­ping), in­duku (stick fight­ing), drie stokkies, khokho, dibeke, juskei, am­a­gende (stones) and the board games of um­la­bal­aba and in­cuva.

“You are all win­ners,” said Arts, Cul­ture, Sport and Recre­ation MEC Bongi Sit­holeMoloi, con­grat­u­lat­ing ev­ery­one for tak­ing part.

A rich his­tory

“The games are very im­por­tant to us as they pre­serve our rich his­tory and her­itage.”

The MEC hoped that the team se­lected to rep­re­sent the prov­ince in the na­tional games would “once again do us proud as you have in pre­vi­ous years”.

“I feel very ex­cited and hon­oured that I was se­lected to rep­re­sent my district,” said Tho­bile Gumede, an in­duku player from the Umkhanyakude District. “It’s not ev­ery day that one is af­forded such an op­por­tu­nity and I am grate­ful for the chance.” Man­qoba Ngwenya from the Um­gun­gundlovu District was pleased with the im­prove­ments of the games com­pared to pre­vi­ous years, urg­ing young peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in games such as um­la­bal­aba. “Last year I went to the games held in In­done­sia and my dream came to fruition.”

The cham­pi­ons of the KwaZulu-Natal Indige­nous Games show off their tro­phy.

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