The Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and Department of Traditional Affairs will host the 10th annual South African Indigenous Games Festival (IG 2015) in Polokwane from Saturday, 20 to 24 September.
Participants from across the country will contest in diketo, dibeke, morabaraba , jukskei, ncuva, kgati, kho kho, drie stokkies and intonga. The venues to be utilised are Polokwane Cricket Club, Pietersburg Jukskeiklub, Ngwako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex and the old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The organisers intend mobilising communities in Polokwane and surrounds to attend the games and also to create family orientated activities such as a fun fair and picnics.
The opening ceremony will be preceded by a street parade and float procession of participating provinces in the vicinity of the old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Speaking during the launch of the games at Meropa Casino & Entertainment World’s Cultural Village on Tuesday, Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula said the decision to host the games in Limpopo was because it fits the bill. “Events such as this are of mega importance and must rotate. Good things must not only happen in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban but also in Limpopo,” Mbalula said.
“The Indigenous Games offer the opportunity to promote these games to the society at large. This allows us as a department to offer the platforms for our diverse citizens to reflect on the rich history of the influence that these games have in shaping the daily and future interactions of the interweaving cultural of our society, which need to be preserved.
“This is a rich, measurable offering responsive to driving the National Development Plan’s vision of 2030 of driving social cohesion and nation building through sporting platforms which drive active citizenry participation in sporting codes whose origins are rooted in South Africa’s rich history, heritage and culture,” Mbalula said.
Sport, Arts and Culture MEC, Nandi Ndalane said it will be the second time they host the games and they are looking forward to be a great host.
“We did host in 2003. These games emphasise our commitment and that of the United Nations that culture and heritage should be accorded its rightful place. We welcome all the other provinces in this peaceful province,” Ndalane said.