IN celebration of our heritage, Ugu District Municipality, in partnership with the KZN Department of Sports and Recreation, gathered young athletes from the four local municipalities of the district to participate in the first Ugu District Mayoral Cup games at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre on Monday.Our youth competed for first place in various sporting codes - netball, soccer, volleyball, chess and karate. After a day of fieldwork, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) was the overall winner because it came first in most sports codes.RNM was also awarded for being the most organised municipality at the games. Umzumbe Municipality came second, Umuziwabantu Municipality third and Umdoni Municipality came fourth in this category.We are very proud to have seen such commitment from the municipalities and the players. Our journey leading to these games was not easy, but through collaborative efforts of all involved we were able to execute this youth development programme.Youth development forms an integral part of our district’s agenda and our country. We continue to incept programmes that nurture and unleash young talent. Our communities are infested with social ills and it is the onus of our communities and government to do everything possible to keep the youth engaged and committed to developmental programmes. It is therefore against this background that we commit to hosting these games annually and use them to scout for talent and form competent squads to represent our district in the annual Salga KwaZulu-Natal DSR games. We encourage municipalities and communities to motivate the youth to engage in such community cultivation programmes that aim to rebuild our communities and ensure that our youth are kept as one of the most precious resources in our district.