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Devotion to indigenous games lauded

“I am here for sport. Our kids must get outside and play. This is important for their development,” said Kenneth Dlamini, recipient of the Mozolo Entertainment Award as the developer of the year 2018, toKroon News.

Dlamini was also named overall winner.

The award ceremony was held on Saturday, 29 September, in the Allen Rautenbach Hall in Kroonstad. These awards are supported by the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in the Free State.

Dlamini is involved in the development of indigenous games in the Fezile Dabi Region.

“I love to go out to the farm schools and headhunt learners talented in indigenous games.”

Successful development programmes for youngsters have led to learners bagging first position at indigenous sport games held in the province recently.

“Participating schools in Maokeng – the Relebohile, Boiteko and Phuleng Primary School – are positive to encourage learners to be proud of indigenous games such as drie stokkies, marabaraba and jukskei.”

Dlamini has a soft spot for jukskei, since after he was introduced to jukskei some years ago, it has been a challenge to develop this certified indigenous sport among township learners as well.

One of Dlamini’s talented indigenous sport performers is Collisile Sephokoana (23) from Viljoenskroon. Sephokoana goes by the nickname of Bolt, because of his speed seeming to be similar to that of world-famous sprinter Usain Bolt.

Sephokoana participated in the national indigenous games held in Polokwane on 22 September. He bettered the “drie stokkies” record by 31 cm. The previous record was 14,02 m.

“Drie stokkies” is an event similar to triple jump in athletics.

“Three sticks are placed and the participant must jump in three jumps between the three sticks. The one who jumps the furthest over the sticks, is the winner.”

For his performance at the national meeting, Sephokoana was honoured by the department in Bloemfontein as the best indigenous games player in the Free State.

“Improving sport, that is my aim,” said Dlamini.

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