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MEC Hlophe sets to empower, strengthen sports in schools

The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation has placed its focus on the empowerment of sports in schools across the province.

Speaking at the post-State of the Province Address (SOPA) media briefing on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, MEC Mbali Hlophe outlined the department's plan towards building and preserving social cohesion in public schools.

"We pride ourselves in being home of champions across all sectors and as Premier David Makhura indicated during SOPA last month, we are committed to continuing with the Gauteng Sports agenda which was convened in 2019, bringing back the legendary Wednesday league across schools focusing on non-fee-paying schools.

We will be bringing in Sports and Arts legends to help develop and coach children through various activities," MEC Hlophe said.

Hlophe said that it was important for township schools to be on the forefront of social cohesion in order to produce an athletic orientated society. She said the link between sport and education was critical for the cognitive development of learners for better schooling outcomes.

"The programme will assist the Gauteng province to protect its crown as the home of champions through early talent identification and nurturing," highlighted the MEC.

She further emphasised that the department would expand school infrastructure by building 40 multi-purpose sport courts over the next five years.

"In line with the province's goals for social cohesion, the Premier's Social Cohesion games are being localised across our five corridors. Gauteng will continue to invest in community games and festive sporting programmes," Hlophe said.

In addition, the department pledged to strengthen its partnership with the football fraternity by establishing a 'museum of football' which is aimed at celebrating the lives of soccer icons in South Africa.

"This move will document the history of the country's most popular sport and the impact football has had on the economy and communities of the province," said the MEC

Source: Gauteng Province

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