Indegenous Games Festival Media Release


2 October 2018

Limpopo - This past heritage Month, Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa hosted the successful indigenous games festival which commenced from 23 – 28 September, 2018. The event was successfully hosted in partnership with the Limpopo Provincial department of Sport Arts and Culture, Department of traditional Affairs, National Department of Arts and culture, City of Polokwane and Bev SA. 

This past event was an annual SPORT AND RECREATION SA initiative that took place at Seshego stadium with the aim of seeking to celebrate South African Indigenous games. 

Nine Provinces managed to successfully send their teams to take part in a number of traditional games inclusive of Dibeke, Iintonga, DrieStokkies, Kho-Kho, Ncuva, Morabaraba, Kgati and diketo. 

This time around, the indigenous games Festival was a well encompassed event with attraction of 3-tier activation to patrons, community, fans and spectators therefore granting them an opportunity to be taught, to embrace as well as to appreciate the rich history of our cultural experiences as curated through the games, the food and the entertainment which was on offer. 

IGF 2018 further, promoted, celebrated, encouraged sporting patriotic participation and audience support of South Africa’s very own Indigenous, historical and cultural heritage by South Africans through:
Other cultural activities that took place at the Indigenous Games festival which was inclusive of Cultural street carnival, traditional cooking parade/ cuisine, African Village, African fashion show, African Beer Garden and African Craft Market to name a few. This events which commenced on the 24 – 27 September, attracted groups of Indigenous games and traditional and cultural enthusiasts who were entertained for the duration. Main attraction of IGF 2018, was the traditional African Kraal which was inclusive of the traditional court and kids traditional story teller. 

Open stage performances were held daily therefore becoming one of the daily highlights and attraction which saw mainly Limpopo and surrounding areas upcoming artists being given an opportunity to showcase their talent. 

The dawning of the IGF curtain was the fashion show which attracted the who is who of Limpopo who came out in large numbers to witness the fashion talent of selected upcoming designers, this become one of the spectacular moments of #IGF2018.

In her closing remarks, MEC of Limpopo Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC Thandi Moraka remarked that the #IGF is now a spectacle of Limpopo and they will highly appreciate if the Department doesn't’t take it away and it remains synonymous with Limpopo. 

Representing the Minister and the Department at the closing ceremony was the Director General of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Alec Moemi who once more expressed his appreciation to all participants, organising team, the media, emergency services and most important the general public. He further alluded that discussions are continuing to add another game called Skop – Die - ball into the indigenous games festival come 2019. 

On the games front: the overall winner became KwaZulu Natal which collected gold medal with Limpopo and North West being runner up respectively. The newly introduced part of the IGF 2018 feature of Indigenous Games School Sports was won for the first time by North West with both Free State and KwaZulu Natal ending as runner ups.  
   
Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Minister Tokozile Xasa MP, in partnership with Limpopo Provincial department of Sport Arts and Culture therefore takes this opportunity to thanks all those who worked tirelessly hard in preparation, running and contributed to the success of the #IGF2018 and wish to equally thank them for a successful week of rich heritage, cultural fun filled event. 

MY GAMES, MY ROOTS, MY PRIDE, MY FUTURE !!

For more information or inquiries pertaining to the past Indigenous Games festival 2018, media inquiries can be directed to the following officials: 
Mr.Mickey Modisane (Chief Director Sport and Recreation South Africa) 082 992 0101 / 012 304 5159    
Mr. Vuyo Mhaga (Ministry liaison officer) 076 636 5193 / 012 304 5159 
Ms. Jerminah Kaka (Deputy Director Communications) 082 560 7197 / 015 284 4321