Middleburg: To fight the scourge of Gender Based Violence (GBV) perpetuated to the public, the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality (STLM) Youth Development Office, organized a sporting event, aiming to spread the awareness to tackle gender based violence in the communities.
The sporting event was organized under the theme: “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now”, and has taken place at Mhluzi Extension 8 Sports Grounds. The sporting event was held in partnership with Multiracial Youth Centre from Nasaret, Khuthala Youth Development from Rockdale and the Tseladimatlapa Youth Centre from Doornkop. Activities for the day included football, netball and indigenous games such as diketo, morabaraba and ncuva.
Football teams that participated in the tournament included, Mission United FC from Rockdale, Inyimbha United FC from Mhluzi Extension 24, Charmer Boys FC from Mhluzi Extension 24 and Middelburg City FC from Mhluzi Extension 24. The netball teams taken part in the tournament were Future Stars NC, Radical Girls NC, Mhluzi Young Fighters NC and Shooting Stars NC. According to STLM, the purpose of the tournament was aimed at spreading awareness against gender-based violence and celebrating 16 Days of Activism against GBV. Outlining the purpose of the sporting event, STLM Youth Manager, Thabisile Mkwanazi, warned the youth about the consequences and danger that can occur if people keep quiet when witnessing abuse around them. “When you get angry and you see that you will end up doing something you regret, rather go to the sports field or keep yourself busy by teaching children in your community about sports and indigenous games. Just do anything that can keep your mind off doing bad things,” she said. After a busy day of sporting where teams battling for the first prize, Middelburg City FC won the football tournament and the Radical Girls NC won the netball tournament. The STLM thanked everyone who participated and volunteered to make the sporting event a success.

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