Sports for children: Koreans pledge to improve playing fields

2010-06-24 00:00

NHLANHLAYETHU Secondary School in Inanda, north of Durban, yesterday experienced first-hand the benefits of South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.

The Seoul Broadcasting Systems (SBS), which hold the exclusive rights to broadcast the 2010 World Cup in Korea, and Unicef Korea have pledged their support to improving sports grounds used by the children of South Africa.

The South Korea football team and their coach, as well as the South Korea Football Association, were among dignitaries who accompanied SBS’s chief executive officer and Unicef’s executive director in an event held at the school.

Unicef has teamed up with the department of Basic Education in a programme called Sports for Development. More than a million children in over 700 schools in the country stand to benefit from the initiative, including eight in KZN.

In his address at the event yesterday, KZN Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said the department welcomes the initiative as being in line with its vision of schools as centres of excellence, a breeding ground for good citizens and a conduit through which South Africa can be counted among the well-developed and educa­ted nations of the world.

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