Cultural activities and the value of traditional games were emphasised at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture’s Provincial Indigenous games held at Polokwane Cricket Club last Thursday and Friday.
Participants from different clubs in all five districts in the province competed in dibeke, kho-kho, diketo, ncuva, intonga, kgati, morabaraba and jukskei.
Media Liaison Officer of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Malesela Ramaoka said one of the reasons they hosted the indigenous games is that they wanted to emphasise physical development, skills training and maintenance, reinforcement of community values and interaction between communities and social cohesion in the main.
“These games are part of the national strategy to optimise South Africa’s cultural heritage and values by instilling a sense of pride in its cultural games.
“As the Department we want to thank all the participants that took part in the games. Our vision is to make one of the indigenous games an international code and I think we are on the right track,” Ramaoka said.
Dibeke:Mopani district, followed by Waterberg and Capricorn.
Diketo: Mopani district, followed by Waterberg and Capricorn.
Drie-stokkies: Mopani district, followed by Waterberg and Capricorn.
Intonga: Capricorn district, followed by Sekhukhune and Mopani.
Juksei: Sekhukhune district, followed by Mopani and Capricorn.
Kgati: Vhembe district, followed by Capricorn and Sekhukhune.
Kho-Kho Female: Vhembe district, followed by Mopani and Sekhukhune.
Kho-Kho Male: Capricorn district, followed by Waterberg and Mopani.
Morabaraba: Capricorn district, followed by Sekhukhune and Mopani.
Ncuva Female: Mopani district, followed by Vhembe, Sekhukhune, Capricorn and Waterberg.
Ncuva Male: Mopani district, followed by Vhembe, Capricorn, Waterberg and Sekhukhune.
Mopani district was declared the overall winner on (1812) points with Capricorn (1416) second, followed by Vhembe (1287), Waterberg (959) and Sekhukhune (831).