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2016-11-09 06:01
PHOTO: Sibusiso Duma Participants do their thing in the street dance competition at the Jerry Barnes Annual Community Sports Day.

PHOTO: Sibusiso Duma Participants do their thing in the street dance competition at the Jerry Barnes Annual Community Sports Day.

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ALTHOUGH showers late on Saturday stopped us from finishing off our annual sports day, I thank the teams and runners and walkers who were the part of the event.

Sports lovers and the community were all disciplined and obeyed the rules, which made everything easy.

I was touched to see Team Africa­, a team made up of our Malawian brothers, who were the most disciplined at the event and who displayed a great brotherhood spirit.

The other team that attracted my attention was one made up of only deaf and mute players, who called themselves Maritzburg Deaf United. Their game against the Malawians had spectators on their feet, screaming for action.

The ladies team from Mgwaga, Vulindlela area, added a feminine touch to the event.

The speech by one of our guest speakers, Mzo Nxumalo from the Hawks Organised Crime Unit, spoke about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and was an eye-opener not only to our youth, but also to us adults.

Nxumalo said it is not only the northern areas that are affected by drugs and alcohol abuse, the entire country is and said the only way to stay clean, focused and safe is to play and remain in sport, school and church in order to be guided wisely.

“It is just unfortunate and heart breaking that our youth prefer to swim in all types of social ills rather than be serious about education, God and sport.

“Children who are regulars in church and school and who are passionate about sport remain far away from police cells.

“Their life is straight, clean and they are on their way to success,” he said.

Our event was also blessed by the support, contribution and sponsorship from Kara Nichha’s.

Besides financing the entire event, Kara Nichha’s also provided lunch and cool drinks for everyone.

Teams will be advised when the games will be wrapped up as I am consulting and checking out the date and the availability of the grounds to finalise everything. It is more likely we will play again on Sunday 20 November.

To our partners, volunteers, teams and sponsors, thank you again for joining hands with us and keeping our children and community off the streets.

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