MEDIA RELEASE
 
16 July 2015
 
For Immediate Release
 
EThekwini Games to Identify and Nurture Talent within the Municipality
 
Through eThekwini Games, the Municipality aims to identify and nurture talent that will in future represent and fly the eThekwini flag high by participating in international sports competitions.
 
This was revealed at the eThekwini Games Media Briefing and Draw held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium today, 16 July 2018. EThekwini Games are the third biggest sporting event in the country after the South African Games and SALGA KZN DSR Games, as more than 4000 athletics from around the Municipality participate in the games.
 
Presenting the long-term strategy for the games, Head of Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, Thembinkosi Ngcobo, said that the games were part of the City’s five-year plan to develop sports and take it to a higher level.
 
“The five-year plan seeks to achieve five objectives, namely, Mass Participation, A clear identification on the roles and responsibilities of various sports bodies in management of provision of sports and recreation in relation to the municipality, Building of sports and recreation structures at ward level, Identification and provision of necessary resources and Delivery and quality management of sports facilities,” said Ngcobo adding that the Games are a vehicle to encourage mass participation at ward level.
 
Each of the 110 wards within the Municipality were required to provide teams to compete in at least six of the 16 sports codes that are provided for in these games. Each ward was required to form a sports committee under whose guidance and leadership these games were organised and managed.
 
All preliminary games at ward level have been played. On 21 July 2018 games will be played at district level. There are ten districts within the Municipality. Winners from the districts will compete at the semi-finals and then ultimately the final, where the 2018 eThekwini Games champions will be crowned on 22 July 2018.
 
The schedule for the games is as follows;
 
Olive Convention Centre – Boxing and Karate
 
Hoy Park Sports Field – Chess, Netball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball and Indigenous Games
 
Cato Manor Sports Ground (21 July) – Soccer
 
Bayview Swimming Pool – Swimming
Chatsworth Stadium – Athletics
Durban Station Hall – Table Tennis and Dance
Newlands Oval Parloc – Cricket
Windsor Park Golf Course – Golf
George Campbell High School and Growth Point Outdoor Fields - Rugby
 
All games start at 08h30. They will end-off with a Prizegiving Ceremony scheduled to take place at the Olive Convention Centre on 22 July 2018, 15h00.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele.