The new Eastern Cape MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Nonceba Kontsiwe handed over Sport Equipment and Attire to Sport Clubs, Sport Hubs and Schools in the Chris Hani District.
The sport equipment and attire worth R1.2 million to disadvantaged rural communities’ handover was held at the offices of Chris Hani District Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Bathandwa Ndondo Office Park in Komani.
The purpose of handing over the sport equipment and attire is to revive the interest of sport in rural areas which are traditionally dominated villages and farming communities.
MEC Kontsiwe who is originally from the Chris Hani District in Thornhill said she is happy that her first visit as Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC in the Eastern Cape is at home in the Chris Hani District.
She also underlined how rural regions face obstacles in showcasing their talent in order to be seen at national level.
“The Province has contributed a lot towards our national teams and we are proud of that. Which means there are many talented athletes that are facing obstacles in showcasing their talent, in order to be seen at higher levels of sport. We want to include rural schools, hubs and clubs to be part of producing best players so that we continue to make a difference.” said Kontsiwe
Receiving the sporting equipment and attire were 15 Schools, 7 Sport Hubs, 4 Netball Leagues, 4 Netball Clubs and 1 Boxing Club all from the Chris Hani District.
Ilinge Sports Hub is one of the hubs that received equipment and kits and Melikhaya Ntenetyana from the hub said these will help in ensuring they produce great athletes.
“We need to get young people active so that we ensure that we produce athletes that will play a major role in our community and the best way to do that is to encourage and nurture talent and further support them.” said Ntenetyana.