Mayor commends Pacsa

2010-04-14 00:00

UMGUNGUNDLOVU District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee congratulated the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness (Pacsa), and the 300 youths who participated in the Bopha Siyakhona soccer tournament, on their initiative in overcoming social barriers during a time when South Africans are talking about social division.

“Soccer is an ideal instrument for nation building because it is an equaliser. When we are on the field, it doesn’t matter what colour we are, or how rich or poor, where we live, what our sexual preferences are, or whether we are men or women. We just concentrate on playing as a team and doing our best. And while we are playing, imperceptibly, the barriers between us break down and we develop friendships and recognise each other’s humanity.”

The seven-a-side event, which formed part of 30th anniversary celebrations for Pacsa, involved 24 teams from throughout the country, and was held at Hilton College.

Children were mixed into different teams. Boys and girls played together and competed against each other, and children from different racial and economic backgrounds were encouraged to interact and share their experiences.

For more information on the many projects under way at Pacsa, telephone 033 342 0052. — Supplied.

 

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