THE kick-off whistle will officially blow at 8am tomorrow (Friday), marking the beginning of the 2016 Salga KZN-DSR Games, where 11 KwaZulu-Natal districts will be competing to be crowned champion.In pursuit of a positive result, the Ugu District Mayor, Cllr Tolomane Mnyayiza calls for the community to show their support for the games and rally behind our athletes. “On behalf of the Ugu community, I urge our athletes to put their best foot forward and remember our hope lies on your shoulders in pursuit of moving our district forward,” says the mayor.Ugu District is the second-time host of these games since its inception in 2007 and through collaborative efforts between government, the private sector and the community, the district promises to host the best tournament. The Salga KZN-DSR games promote social cohesion through sport and improve the lives of the youth while providing opportunities of improving the state of economy in various parts of the province. It is therefore vital that we support these games as they will bring impressive economic spin-offs to our district, assisting the government move a step closer to triumph over the poverty and unemployment.Over the next four days, the district will be home to over 4 000 participants, who will compete in athletics, basketball, boxing, chess, cricket, dance, golf, indigenous games, karate, netball, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, table tennis and volleyball. Over and above the number of athletes, our district will again be home to thousands of spectators at the games. The mayor officially welcomes all participants and visitors to our shores and urges the Ugu community to render to our visitors our warm culture, making us an ideal tourism destination.The community is invited to be part of this sports spectacular scheduled to commence with the official opening ceremony at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre today (Thursday) at 4pm Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective, and efficient for our communities.