Top-notch sports fa­cil­ity for youth

Vuk'uzenzele - - Locyaolugtohvfeorcnumsent - Hlengiwe Ngob­ese

MORE SPORT means less mis­chief, bet­ter health and a more united com­mu­nity.

The days of play­ing in the mud are over for KwaDukuza youth thanks to the open­ing of a state-of-the art in­door sport cen­tre.

The R1.2 mil­lion in­door cen­tre in Nkobongo sit­u­ated within the KwaDukuza mu­nic­i­pal­ity forms part of gov­ern­ment’s Com­pre­hen­sive Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme that aims to tackle is­sues such as un­der­de­vel­op­ment, food se­cu­rity, unem­ploy­ment, poverty and other so­cial ills such as drugs.

The in­door cen­tre sit­u­ated in the KwaDukuza Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has been built to ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of sport­ing codes, in­clud­ing netball, bas­ket­ball and vol­ley­ball.

The KwaDukuza Mu­nic­i­pal­ity deputy mayor, Dolly Goven­der, said sport plays a huge role in bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether, de­vel­op­ing so­cial cap­i­tal and re­duc­ing crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

In ad­di­tion, ex­er­cise com­bats non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases such as hy­per­ten­sion, di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure and some can­cers.

“Health is not just about avoid­ing dis­ease. It is also about phys­i­cal, men­tal and so­cial well­be­ing. When a healthy life­style is adopted, a more pos­i­tive role model is pro­vided for other peo­ple in the fam­ily. Let us use this fa­cil­ity to achieve just that,” she said.

Netball coach Sisanda Shangase said the fa­cil­ity has brought hope to KwaDukuza. She said that the com­mu­nity had a netball team once be­fore, but a lack of fa­cil­i­ties meant that in wet or muddy con­di­tions, at­ten­dance was poor and even­tu­ally, the team stopped prac­tic­ing.

The chair­per­son of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s youth, sports and gen­der port­fo­lio, John Phahla, said the com­mu­nity must play a cen­tral role in safe­guard­ing the cen­tre and en­cour­ag­ing the youth to par­tic­i­pate in sport and, if they are good enough, to con­sider be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional sportsper­son.

The lo­cal youth now have ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties thanks to gov­ern­ment’s Com­pre­hen­sive Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme.

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