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    As part of efforts to promote sports in rural areas, the Department of Sport and Recreation hosted the Provincial Rural Sport Development Programme, which features youth from various traditional councils in the Free State Province. The event was held on Saturday 25th August 2018 at Phuthaditjhaba Stadium by Provincial Department of Sport and Recreation in conjunction with Maluti A Phofung Local Municipality and the Traditional Leaders. Following a very successful opening ceremony the teams went to different fields of sports to participate within their respective categories football, athletics, long jump, discus, javeline and netball.

    The president of Free State Cricket Me Zola Thamae said “the Provincial Rural Sport Programme is the brainchild of the Minister of Sport and Recreation launched back in 2016, with the objective of reviving sport and unearthing talent in rural areas with special focus on areas that are under the Traditional Authorities and farms. The main area of focus is to develop sport and unearth talent in all Provinces and Traditional Councils with primary focus placed on farming communities under the guidance of the National House of Traditional Leaders”.

    The MAP Executive Mayor Cllr Gilbert Mokotso said “that he wishes the sports to work with corporations from all the teams that are participating”. He further echoed that as leaders it would be a delight to see all the teams competing at a national level and represent South Africa’s netball club, football club and athletics all coming from Thabo Mofutsanyana to hold the flag high.

    As quoted in one of the Legend Nelson Mandela’s quotes, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand”. The Programme is one of the biggest club development initiatives, which targets youth from the disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically rural areas. The event draws a large number of participants, both male and female with the aim of talent identification. The principal aim of the programme is to promote sports in traditional council areas.

    One of the soccer players Dibuseng Letlala expressed her thoughts that “Ke thabile haholo ebile ke kgothaletsa batjha ho nka karolo dipapading ba tlohele dithethefatse hobane dipapadi diba tlosa dinthong tse mpe tseka ba hlahelang kapa ba dietsa” and Kganye Thabang who was one of the Ladies soccer couches emphasized that “Ke thabile ka hohlola papadi, ke bona tswelopele bophelong mme ke leboha sehlopha ka mosebetsi o motle wa ho hlola papadi ya kajeno”. The programme was concluded by a prize giving ceremony to bestow awards to the rightful winners.

    By Communications Team