EL Games kick off

The third annual installment of the Steve Vukile Tshwete (SVT) Games is continuing will take place in East London despite the recent protest action in East London.

The games started on Wednesday November 28 and end on Friday November 30 in various locations across the city.

The Department of sport, recreation, arts & culture (Dsrac) MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa said the these games were are aimed at promoting sport in disadvantaged communities, while promoting a healthy lifestyle among the youth.

“The games are held annually to identify new sporting talent and to identify players who that might represent the province at the national games,” Tunyiswa said.

The sporting codes included in the games are goal ball, volleyball, rugby, netball, football, table tennis and boxing.

FULL STEAM AHEAD: From left: BCM Sport deputy president Zola Theo, Councillor Xolani Witbooi, MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa and Salga PEO Gcinikhaya Mpumza at the Steve Vukile Tshwete Games media briefing
Picture: AMANDA NANO

The games are a partnership between the department, South African Local Government Association (Salga), Eastern Cape Sport Federation (ECSF) and Buffalo City Metro Municipality (BCMM).

Salga provincial executive officer Gcinikhaya Mpumza said one of the goals of the organisation was community development within municipalities.

“We have the objective to inspire municipalities to build safe and healthy communities,” Mpumza said.

He added that Salga treated treats the SVT games as a flagship programme to achieve the objectives of community development.

Special programmes councillor Xolani Witbooi said the games had the potential to grow into a national concept.

Speaking about the Samwu strike action, he said: “Should the strike action continue, an alternative venue to be used is the West Bank prison.”

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