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Sport - Date: 25 April 2019
Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 528
The fifth annual Mayoral Cup competition of the Makhado Municipality, with prize money totalling R400 000, was launched in Louis Trichardt last Thursday.
The competition will take place on 4 of May at the Vhuilafuri Stadium in Kutama.
The event will start with a 7,5 km fun walk.
The tournament also caters for soccer, netball, boxing, basketball and volleyball. The winners in soccer, netball, rugby and volleyball will receive R7 500, a floating trophy, new kit and medals, while the runners-up will receive R5 000, a kit and silver medals. The teams that end in the third position will get R3 500, bronze medals and kit.
During the launch, the mayor of Makhado, Cllr Samuel Munyai, said sport provided many positive opportunities for the community. “Good sportsmanship provides guidelines that can be generalized to classroom and lifelong achievement. It also teaches children to function in a competitive society,” he said.
Munyai said that, through sports, people could learn values such as discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, sacrifice and accountability. “It is up to the municipality, parents, teachers, sports teams and schools to help mould, develop and instil these qualities into the lives of young people.”
He said that the municipality was very proud to host the annual event. “The importance of sports in the life of young people is valuable and goes much further than the basic answer that it keeps kids off the streets. It does in fact keep young people off the streets, but it also instils lessons that are essential in the life of a human being.”
The chairperson of the Makhado Local Football Association, Mr James Maluleke, stated that the government could not curb the high rate of unemployment alone. He appealed to the business community to follow in the footsteps of Makhado Local Municipality, saying sports had become a major employment provider of late. He defined different sporting codes as a good vehicle to fight unemployment and poverty.
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Photographed during the launch of the Makhado Mayoral sports event are, from left to right, Cllr Sipho Masukua, Mayor Samulel Munyai, Mr James Maluleke and the Makhado municipal nanager, Mr Freddy Tshivhengwa.
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.