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Breidbach games workshop held

YOUR MOVE: Breidbach hub member Glynnice Bester, left, waits on her opponent to make a move while playing the Morabaraba indigenous board game during a practical workshop in Breidbach last week Picture: DESMOND COETZEE

BUFFALO City Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) hosted a successful indigenous games practical workshop in Breidbach last week.

According to DSRAC official and district coordinator for indigenous games Lundi “Madiba” Lwana, the workshop was aimed to collectively plan the upcoming Buffalo City Indigenous Festival which is scheduled to take place in Breidbach on June 24.

 

“The festival will feature all indigenous codes at this very same venue and we are here today to plan together on how we are about to go,” Lwana said.

Lwana was accompanied by colleagues of his office, Amathole district officials and hub coordinators from most areas of the metro.

In attendance at the workshop was Breidbach hub coordinator Desmond Coetzee with his members Roxanne Monk, Glynnice Bester; Breidbach Senior Club members Sina Snyders, Gerty Free, Janet McPherson, as well as Steve Biko Centre officials.

Due to the waterlogged pitch and inclement weather it was decided that only indoor indigenous games would be played after the planning meeting.

“We are actually supposed to do practical exercises for Dibeke, Diwiki, Snuka, Skululu and Drie Stokkies on the field but due to the rain we could only play Morabaraba and Ncuva board games in preparation for the festival on June 24,” Lwana said.

During interviews after the event, it was evident that the participants enjoyed the games and are looking forward to the festival next month.

Coetzee commended the department for bringing the festival to his area and for presented a successful workshop about the event in Breidbach.

“Our people are always left behind as most major events are taken to other places, so I am grateful for the opportunity by the department to host the hub festival in Breidbach,” Coetzee said.

“Some of the criteria used for hub identification include high crime rate, high unemployment rate, substance abuse and teenage pregnancies, so I personally think the hub festival would be an advantage to our community.”

Bester said: “It was the very first time for me playing the two board games and I enjoyed every moment. I am happy I’ve learnt something new which I will share with my community.”

“The best part was interacting with the people from other areas,” Monk said.

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