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2018 Steve Vukile Tshwete Games begin in East London

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 28, 2018
2018 Steve Vukile Tshwete Games begin in East London

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Eastern Cape Sport Federation (ECSF) and the Buffalo City Metro Municipality (BCMM) have partnered to host the third Provincial Sporting Games - also called the Steve Vukile Tshwete Games, from Wednesday to Friday.

The games are takign place at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London. 

According to Eastern Cape MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Ms Bulelwa Tunyiswa, the purpose of the Vukile Tshwete Games is to encourage and promote mass participation in sport especially in disadvantage communities across the Eastern Cape.

The games also afford the youth in the Eastern Cape an opportunity to live healthy and active lifestyles and will assist in keeping them away from crime and other social ills.

“The games are held annually so as to identify new sporting talents and also use this platform to identify players that might represent the province at the National Games,” she described.

Games named after Steve Vukile Tshwete

Apparently the games were named after Steve Vukile Tshwete because he was the champion of sport development to the youth of Eastern Cape and played a significant role in the unification of sport in the country, particularly rugby.

“If he was still alive, he would have turned 80years this year and it’s befitting that we keep celebrating and highlighting the immerse contribution he has played in sport so as to educate the youth on how sport has unified this country.

“It is indeed with great excitement that as the sport loving people of the Eastern Cape we are coming together for the SVT Games in the Buffalo City Municipality that is hosting the games for the second time,” MEC Tunyiswa said.

She also emphasized the importance of the games during the centenary of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu.

100 years of the great icons

MEC Tunyiswa said that the programs and tributes throughout the year took place to highlight the selfless role that was played by the internationally-recognized icons of South Africa’s liberation struggle, who would have turned 100 years if they were still alive this year.

“The two stalwarts of South Africa’s liberation struggle and pioneers of the country’s freedom and democracy laid a solid foundation for all of us, black and white to coexist and live in peace and harmony in an environment that promotes national reconciliation, unity, social cohesion, social justice and socio-economic prosperity," she explained.

“Young players from 8 districts who were selected through a process of games played in their local municipalities and districts level to form a final squad that will represent their district at the provincial level.

“The sporting codes that will be played are namely; Goalball, Netball, Volleyball, Rugby, Table tennis, Football and Boxing."

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