The Province of KwaZulu-Natal is gearing up for the upcoming Provincial Indigenous Games (IGs) that will be held at the Kandahar Sports Grounds in Ladysmith in Uthukela District on 16-17 August.
The annual Provincial games, which are organised by the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with the KZN Indigenous Games Council, Uthukela District Municipality and the Alfred Duma Local Municipality, will serve as a platform to select the team to represent KZN at the National IGs games to be held in Limpopo on 22-29 September. Having won the national title for the past eight years, KZN is confident that they will clinch the title again this year.
For the first time this year the games will incorporate the school’s category which is hosted in partnership with the KZN Department of Education following the introduction of the Indigenous Games in school sport three years ago.
Teams from all 11 municipal districts in KZN will be participating in different games including rope skipping (ingqathu), stick fighting (induku), drie stokkies, khokho, dibeke, juskei, amagende (stones), umlabalaba and incuva.
MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Hlengiwe Mavimbela is a strong advocate for the indigenous games having experienced and played most of them in her upbringing.
“The revival and preservation of the indigenous games is one of the visible gains of our democratic era. These games showcase our unique practices, which is what our visitors to the country want to see,” says Mavimbela.
“I wish to invite everyone, especially communities around Uthukela District to attend the Games next weekend in order to support our youth participating,” she said.
The details for the 2019 Provincial Indigenous Games are as follows:
Date and time: 16-17 August (from 08h00 and 17h00)
Venue: Kandahar Sports Grounds, Ladysmith
Members of the media are invited to cover the event that seek to promote the efforts of government to encourage social cohesion, unity and healthy lifestyle through sport.