Cllr Mkutswana digs deeps to develop sport in his ward

2015-10-08 06:00
Children are participating in sport organised by Councillor Mthwalo “Rider” Mkutswana of Ward 97, in Town Two, Khayelitsha. 

Gigi Qongqo.

Children are participating in sport organised by Councillor Mthwalo “Rider” Mkutswana of Ward 97, in Town Two, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Gigi Qongqo.

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A star in the making opportunity, which is currently under way, is attracting dozens of children from Town Two who are participating in soccer, netball and boxing street tournament.

The Ward 97 Integration Street Sports tournament is organised by Councillor Mthwalo “Rider” Mkutswana of Ward 97.

It started on Monday and is set to run until Saturday.

The tournament is formed by teams from different Wards in the area.

Best players will be selected from all the teams to form part of four teams that will compete in the finals, on Saturday.

The teams are playing five aside games.

Mkutswana said the tournament is part of keeping children busy during the short school brake.

“We want to take children away from the streets. Each Ward came with its own team and we will select best performed players from all the teams to form part of four teams that will play on Saturday. The interest from children is overwhelming. They are very happy to be part of this tournament,” he said.

Mkutswana said he spend about R70 000 from his Ward budget to organise the tournament.

The tournament started last year and it is set to be an annual event.

The Disaster Management Management Centre (DRMC), City of Cape Town Metro Police and SANDF 9 Infantry, military base, in Khayelitsha, were also part of the tournament.

Lebu Pama, 10, applauded the tournament.

“I am very happy to play soccer here. I am a defender for my team. I am enjoying every moment here. I like playing soccer. The tournament is keeping us busy since the schools are closed and we are not bored at all,” Pama said.

The military base helped with organising boxing and also opened doors to train those who want to play boxing in the higher level

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