Crime hotspot turns to sports

2016-10-13 06:00
 Local men enjoyed some street soccer as part of the Alcohol Reduction Harms Game Change initiative.  PHOTOs: Mandla Mahashe

Local men enjoyed some street soccer as part of the Alcohol Reduction Harms Game Change initiative. PHOTOs: Mandla Mahashe

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Sporting and cultural activities will now be a different ball game for Nyanga residents; weekends will henceforth be declared as game time.

October 1 saw the launch of the Alcohol Reduction Harms Game Change Programme, an initiative of the Nyanga Sports Council, which aims at getting everyone involved in recreational activities.

According to Cecil Ngotya, from Friday to Sunday, locals will take part in various sporting codes from now until the end of the year in December.

“On Fridays, there will be a Rugby Sevens Competition, where young men will compete against each other.

On Saturdays there wil be Masters Soccer Competition, where the over 40-year-olds will compete.

There will be a netball competition for the ladies as well which will take place every Saturday,” he said.

Their aim is to curb alcohol abuse by introducing alternatives.

“Too many of the fatal incidents that take place in our neighbourhood are related to substance abuse, so we are trying to get these guys out of the shebeen to the playing field,” he explained

He said they hoped that this will bring a sense of community and pride in the area as well companionship with other townships.

“we are also working to engage Khayelitsha and Gugulethu into a weekly boxing head to head where each of these areas will host bouts,” said Ngotya.

He invited residents to take part as the activities were open to everyone.

“We are asking the community to get involved in this initiative with the aim that it will build our township and help it get a different perspective of it,” he said.

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