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Tshwane hosts 9th Edition of African Indigenous Games Festival
- Updated: September 23, 2014
SASCOC joins the Minister of Sports and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) Mr Fikile Mbalula in celebrating the ninth edition of the unique South African Indigenous Games Festival – 2014 which began on 20 September at Tshwane Events Center, Pretoria and culminates on a Wednesday, a special day where the nation celebrates Heritage Day.
Similar to other sport and recreation codes, indigenous games impact positively on some socio-economic issues such as African identity; cultural diversity; education and training; accessibility of resources; international relations; economic growth – the list is endless.
To this end, the Indigenous Games are part of SRSA’s Mass Participation Programme, which focuses on holistic sport development. Together with those Departments responsible for sport and recreation in all the provinces of South Africa, SRSA hosts the Indigenous Games Festival annually, in celebration of Africa’s cultural diversity and also in an effort to resuscitate local games.
Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy, “ I was happy to attend this year’s South African Indigenous Games- Festival. It was thrilling to see the zeal and excitement that filled participants – such a unique experience from the usual international games.”
This year’s event will feature the following nine sports: Ncuva, Jukskei, Dibeke, Diketo, Iintonga, Morabaraba, Kho-kho, Drie Stokkies and Kgati.
SASCOC wishes all participants the best and we urge them to celebrate and be proud of their heritage!
For more information on the programme please visit: http://www.srsa.gov.za/pebble.asp?relid=2280