Iintonga team grabs gold for WC

2015-10-01 06:00

Iintonga team that won the gold medal in Polokwane last weekend at the national indigenous games.

Iintonga team that won the gold medal in Polokwane last weekend at the national indigenous games.

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After a powerful send-off by the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, Team Western Cape did not disappoint when taking part in the National Indigenous Games Festival in Limpopo last week.

At least the intonga team claimed boasting rights when they won a gold medal in their category.

Indigenous Games are linked to the traditions of a cultural group, are of local origin, and require physical skill, strategy and/or chance.

Culture is not static: indigenous people continually added to their own cultural, material and physical heritage.

Reliving and reinventing the games of their forefathers and mothers, and creating their own games along the way, has become a part of daily living.

Despite Africa’s rich history of Indigenous Games, a number of them have become extinct without having been documented in historical accounts of the indigenous people of Africa.

That is why Indigenous Games are now included as part of the priority sporting codes in the country.

These games are formalized in nine different sporting codes and the Western Cape is one of the provinces competing at the national festival.

Minister Marais officially sent off the 140 participants to compete in all nine codes which included: Dibeke, Diketo, Drie Stokkies, Iintonga,, Jukskei, Kgati, Kho – kho, Morabaraba and Ncuva.

“Our history need not be lost as older generations pass on. Team Western Cape have been selected from amongst the best indigenous games players in the province.

It is now their duty to keep these games alive in our communities so that future generations can celebrate our heritage.

By excelling in these games, these players will revive and popularise our unique heritage,” told before they left.

An excited iintonga coach Mzimkhulu Gqamane said it was the first time in the history of the games that Team Western Cape grabbed a gold.

“I am very excited and this will encourage more participation in indigenouse games,” he said

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