Team Mpumalanga delivers four medals fourth place finish

at Indigenous Games

MBOMBELA - Culture, Sport and Recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu has described Team Mpumalanga’s male drie stokkies clean sweep in this year’s National Indigenous Games Festival as a sign of progress.

Sibusiso Ngwenya (gold), Alpha Nyathi (silver) and Derrick Masina (bronze) won big at the drie stokkies event in this year’s championship. Ngwenya hails from Thembisile Hani Municipality, Nyathi from Nkomazi and Masina from the City of Mbombela. The trio helped the province to a fourth place finish. The complete results are as follows: 1. KwaZulu Natal, 2. Limpopo, 3. North West, 4. Mpumalanga, 5. Gauteng, 6.Northern Cape, 7. Western Cape, 8. Free State and 9. Eastern Cape.

“The athletes have done well to take top honours at the National Indigenous Games Festival. As a department, we are placed and encouraged by their performance and we are hope it will inspire others to go for glory at future national games. We are delighted by the good performance by the team. We want to thank players for representing us well and the coaches for getting the players ready for the games,” said MEC Mahlangu, adding the achievement of Sifiso Bhomela was worth celebrating. Bhomela of Govan Mbeki Municipality won the morabaraba event with flying colours to bring the province’s medal tally to four.

The MEC attributed the good showing to the team holding a three-day training camp in preparation for the games. “After the disappointment of the last year when the team finished eighth, we had to do something to stop the decline and the training camp was a good start. Next year we will be pushing for a podium finish,” said Mahlangu

Team Mpumalanga’s 132 players were participating in the following codes: diketo (coordination game), dibeke (running game), khokho (running game), morabaraba (board game), incuva (board game), jukskei (target game), kgati (rope-jumping), intonga (stick fighting) and drie stokies

Indigenous Games are used in promoting cultural activities that have a particular appeal to vast sectors of the South African community – young and old, black and white. It goes without saying that they are more than a recreational sport as they play a pivotal role in promoting national unity and social cohesion.

Enquiries: Sibongile Nkosi on 082 492 4886/013 766 5372 or nkosist@mpg.gov.za