Eastern Cape Department of Social Development Selects Golden Games Team

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

The Eastern Cape Department of Social Development has announced that it will hold a Golden Games Festival for Older Persons on 25 September 2014 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University (NMMU) South Campus Indoor Sport Centre, in Port Elizabeth. The theme for this year is “Celebrating Active Ageing”.

It said the Festival, which starts at 10am, is meant to select a team that will represent the Province in the 2014 National Golden Games on 26-30 October at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

“The Eastern Cape Older Persons are champions of the 2013 National Golden Games, which were held on 21-25 October 2013 in Gauteng Province. The results were as follows: 1st position, Eastern Cape (556 points); 2nd position, KZN (497 points); and 3rd position, North West (456 points),” the department said.

It added that the Older Persons will be  competing in the following sporting codes: Duck walk, Dress-up Race, Passing the ball, 100 m Run (Female and male), 500m Brisk Walk (female and male), 800m Run (female and male), 400m Relay (female and male), Rugby ball Throw, Jukskei, Ring the stick, Ball Pass and Kick, Soccer, Netball, Indigenous Games.

“This year these champions will be defending their title and the department will give them full support because the medal belongs to the Eastern Cape, the Home of Legends,” the department said.

“The Department of Social Development in conjunction with the Department of Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture and the Department of Health formed a partnership six years ago, with an objective of promoting healthy lifestyles for older persons in line with the Older Persons Act No. 13 of 2006.

“The Act places strong emphasis on the rights of older persons and provides the basis for future strategic directive and transformation of services to older persons. It also seeks to address the negative perspective regarding older persons wherein they are described as ‘cost-factors’ or the ‘burden of the future’ and portrayed as requiring more and more help and support which neither the family nor the state can or willing to provide.”

The objectives of the Golden Games are to embrace active ageing, create awareness of the abilities and capabilities of older persons, create awareness of the socio-cultural needs of older persons, expand the horizons of older persons, promote community dialogue that can assist in eradicating negative opinions regarding witchcraft and female older persons and to promote intergenerational bonding.