Mopani best at Indigenous Games this year
Mopani district was the overall winner of this year’s Limpopo indigenous games with 14 points followed by the Vhembe district with nine points. Six districts from as far as Sekhukhune, Polokwane and the Waterberg entered the competition.
'The African century has dawned. The time for African people to take pride in themselves is today,' said Joe Maswanganyi, Limpopo MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture in his opening speech. 'Our government will make endeavours to ensure that these games are popularised to all our people, particularly the youth.' He concluded with: 'these are the kind of activities that will move young people from the streets and all other activities that ruin their lives.'
Athletes, young and old, tested their skills at the games with Mopani taking top honours in Ncuba, Khokho, Diketo and Kgati. Vhembe was unbeatable in Jukskei, while Bohlabela was the best at Morabaraba on the day. Steve Pila, senior manager sport and recreation Limpopo, in closing the ceremony said that the discrepancies in applying the rules was not a major issue and the department would like to see a workshop where unified rules were agreed upon and then applied.
He said that the three best teams would be selected on a provisional basis to represent Limpopo, should a national tournament be decided upon.