Ward truly no. 1

2016-12-14 06:01
The team of Ward 1 is the proud winner of the first Magareng Municipality ward-based games hosted in Warrenton over the weekend. Photo: Supplied

The team of Ward 1 is the proud winner of the first Magareng Municipality ward-based games hosted in Warrenton over the weekend. Photo: Supplied

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A partnership between the Magareng Municipality, the Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), the Local Football Association (LFA) and the community saw the soccer team of Ward 1 proudly lifting the winning trophy of the first ward-based games on Saturday (10/12).

Hosted at the Warrenton Primary School, the first leg of the tournament was aimed at encouraging the youth of Magareng to stay away from negative activities and participate in sport instead.

According to Kgosietsile Freddie, Ward 2 councillor, during this time of the year the youth of Warrenton get involved in activities that are bad for their well-being.

He explained that all councillors from Ward 1 to Ward 5 had therefore been requested to appoint a soccer team to represent their ward.

He added that the aim was for this tournament to become an annual event and also to accomodate more teams and include other sporting codes and activities.

Freddie clarified that there was no cash involved in the games, except for the trophy and medals.

He highlighted that an objective was also to take these games to the community at a later stage in order to allow the community to attend, which was now difficult while the games were hosted in town.

Bongile Mhaleni, mayor of Magareng, pointed out that the tournament, which is hosted as a sub-region event to the Frances Baard District Municipality initiative, is aimed at later being expanded.

“We hope to later involve other local municipalities, so that they will also be ble to compete against one another,” said the mayor.

“We are confident that this initiative will succeed in meeting our expectations and excel to the extent of growing into fully-fledged mayoral games.”

According to Nomsa Majola of the DSAC, they considered the games a success, regardless of the few spectators.

“We know that if the games had been hosted in Ikhutseng, there would have been a better turnout. We will take that into consideration,” she said.

The department pledged its support to making this initiative go from strength to strength.

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