Pupils reap the awards
Sports body honours achievements
Eighteen primary schools and six high schools from Dimbaza, outside King William’s Town, were honoured at an awards ceremony sponsored by the local taxi association last week at Mnxesha Higher Primary School in Dimbaza.
Teacher and chairperson of Dimbaza School Sport Association (DIMSSA) Siphiwo Ratyana said: “There is a lot of talent that goes unrecognised in our community and we are thankful to the Dimbaza District Taxi Association (DiDiTa) for stepping in to help us motivate our children with these awards.
“We face so many challenges that inhibit our growth such as lack of funding, proper training facilities and equipment and transportation.”
A teacher at Dimbaza Primary School, Zama Msindo, said he firmly believed that an idle mind was the devil’s playground.
“Sport gives these children something to do, other than to hang around on street corners picking up bad habits.
Msindo said sport was also aligned to academic performance.
“Exercise breeds not only healthy bodies but healthy minds as well.”
Thirteen-year-old Anovuyo Ntombana said: “I love sport, soccer in particular. It taught me the importance of exercise. I also have awesome teammates who have now become friends.
“We look out for each other on and off the field”.
WELL DONE: Dimbaza School Sport Association chairperson Siphiwo Ratyana hands over the trophy to the Dimbaza Primary U13 soccer team