National Recreation Day

National Recreation Day

On the 12th of December 2014, the Cabinet declared an Annual Recreation Day on the first Friday of October month.  By declaring this one day on the South African Calendar as National Recreation Day, it is expected that all South Africans will be made aware of the need to become physically active and that they will dedicate some part of their day towards participating in the physical activities of his/her choice intended to promote lifelong wellness.  This could provide them with the first-hand experience and motivation needed to continue participating voluntarily in physical activities as they begin to realize the personal and social benefits thereof.

"South Africa today, like the rest of the world is facing a variety of challenges and life-style diseases such as: obesity, cardiac disease, diabetes, respiratory ailments, as well as an increase in sedentary lifestyles and therefore loss of personal interaction and fitness, not to mention the social ills of youth unemployment, high levels of violence, and conflict between people.


Whilst there is no single solution to these challenges, sport and recreation have been identified in the National Sport and Recreation Plan (2011) as a viable vehicle to address and curb lifestyle diseases. 


Recreation is not just about fun and games. It plays a pivotal role in improving the health and well-being of an individual, creating liveable communities and promoting social cohesion, amongst others. Recreational opportunities can provide personal benefits such as self-fulfilment, building self-esteem and developing personal relationships, as well as social benefits such as social integration, and developing community and cultural identity.


If you live in and around Gauteng, you can join me and my Department this Friday at Hamanskraal as we will be physically taking part in National Recreation Day, the event start at 10H00 and we would be taking part in various activities including Tai Chi, Dance Aerobics, Water Walking Balloon etc., for the adults, whilst for the children Monkeynastics, Tug of War, Dodgeball, Egg Racing and many more. For the young and old, Township Games.


Letís all remain physically active and rid our bodies of lifestyle ailments", Minister TW Nxesi


Members of the Media response in attending the event can be directed to Ms. Sandra Botha on 082 451 3210 or
Media Inquiries: Mr Mickey Modisane
Chief Director: Marketing & Communications
Cell: (082) 992 0101

       (012) 304 5159

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