The best-ever Kwanaloga Games expected

2009-12-03 00:00

LOCAL sporting fans are in for a treat if preparations for the 11th annual Kwanaloga Games are anything to go by.

With the games beginning next Saturday, the city is set to play host to more than 4 000 athletes who will be representing 11 municipalities in 13 different sporting codes.

Around 12 000 spectators are expected to pour into the city in support of the three-day sporting event and this marks the second year that Pietermaritzburg has played host.

Addressing a press conference yesterday morning, uMgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said all systems are in place to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

He said the games are of great importance as they give talented youngsters a launch pad to possible careers in the sporting arena.

District municipal manager S’bu Khuzwayo said the games are also a good way of enhancing the relationship between the different municipalities and also a way of contributing towards provincial sports development.

“The level of preparation we have invested in the games is a clear indication of our strategic mission to make these the best [Kwanaloga] Games ever. Everything the uMgungundlovu District touches turns to gold,” he said.

Khuzwayo said a lot of capital has been invested in the games so it is critical that the games are managed as professionally as possible to ensure that the highest standards are achieved.

Ethekwini Metro Mayor Obed Mlaba, who is also the chair of Kwanaloga, said there were problems in the past in that the hosting of the games was not systematic, but now things have changed.

Mlaba said the plan now is to rotate the hosting of the games and district municipalities will be notified two years beforehand.

The district’s local organising committee chair, S’busiso Mkhize, said all venues and facilities are ready for the arrival of the teams next Friday and Saturday’s opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Protea Sports Ground in Northdale at 5 pm.

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