Kewtown Primary School received sports equipment from the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport on Wednesday.The equipment, handed over by provincial minister Anroux Marais, was requested by residents and parents of the school when they approached the department directly.School principal Cecil Balie says he hopes the equipment will help the school give more opportunities to its learners to display their talents or even discover a hidden talent.“Sport has unified our country and it is also a form of reconciliation and we hope that by the minister’s gesture and the donation here that we can make it available to our learners during contact time and after contact time,” says Balie.At the handover Marais said her department aimed to expose children, particularly from vulnerable neighbourhoods, to sport.“Let us consider the social ills plaguing our communities: Poverty, substance abuse, teenage pregnancies, gangsterism, to name only a few. Together, we have to do the hard yards to provide our youth and the greater Athlone community with an alternate, healthier lifestyle. A lifestyle that instils hope and motivation to want to be better versions of yourself to rise above vulnerable circumstances and to bring about real change in the province and South Africa as a whole. What better way to place this lifestyle in reach than by promoting mass participation, skills development and talent identification in sport by providing our schools with the equipment needed to create an enabling environment?” Marais said in her speech.Balie says he is involved in the subject of Physical Education for Grade 7 learners at the school.“I have tried to introduce the game of rugby and it was quite a challenge, but at the end of the day the boys and girls enjoyed themselves. We can use these balls, because we had one ball before, now we will have a few to use in our school to promote rugby and to unify our communities and our country through sport,” says Balie.Marais implored schools and residents to approach the department or her directly if they had a genuine need for equipment, provided there were facilities in place for the equipment to be used in.“What I suggest is that in a school there is always a teacher who is interested in sport. If that teacher or the councillor can contact me and if it is difficult we will be able to channel it to wherever the request will go. We do have an open-door policy, so they can come directly to me.”V Continued on page 4.