Pupils reap the awards

Sports body hon­ours achieve­ments

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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”.

Pic­ture: ZAVELA MAKWABE

WELL DONE: Dim­baza School Sport As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son Siphiwo Ratyana hands over the tro­phy to the Dim­baza Pri­mary U13 soc­cer team

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