Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Hon. Nathi Mthethwa (MP) attends the Siyabonga Sangweni Youth Games

1 July 2019

The Siyabonga Sangweni Youth games which are the brain child of the fomer Orlando Pirates defender, were this time around graced by the presence of Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture (Minister Nathi Mthethwa). This annual event was taking place for the 8th consecutive year with great support coming from the Umfolozi Local Municipality. It is a Youth Month event which takes place in  four days, it encompasses various elements inclusive of Awareness through Woman Dialogue, Edutainment through Career expo and youth games through various Sporting Activities and also cultural festival featuring local and national artists.

The 2019 games were also attended by various sporting legends inclusive of Jabu Mahlangu, Benedict Vilakazi, Lucas Radebe, Doctor Khumalo, Jerry Skhosana, Arthur Zwane to name a few.    

Cultural activities that took place included as well 51 local artists which contented on the open stage. The event is a hit with the locals as it attracts all members of society irrespective.

Minister in his comment about the event had this to say,"the President's initiative of bringing everyone together places emphasis on such social cohesion activities. Such activities work as they continue to build the foundations in various communities. It's important that those who are engaged in the formation and growth must be able to give this working model to other districts. It's imperative that trough these games we have to get everyone involved so that we can achieve the government objective of an active and winning nation. Sport and Culture are now together and this elements need to be seen together at all times also in schools. This need to be so much exposed so that our kids can get Involved in various sport and cultural activities, this will also assist our kids and parents to prevent kids from getting into mischief and stopping them from getting addicted to using substances. Our kids don't have coaches and  we don't produce enough coaches as a country, we must however through school sports and community sports, be able to deal with this problem. We need to get our kids active at an early age. Next year it's Olympic year and we also need to ensure in a long run that we produce athletes that can be able to take part in various sporting codes during all games, we need to use such platforms to build on our winning nation at an early age. The Siyabonga Sangweni event remains a winning model and it needs to be shared with other districts."