Mahikeng To Host SADC Games

Mahikeng To Host SADC Games

Mahikeng will host the next edition of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) games, scheduled for September next year.
This year’s games were held in Lesotho where Mahikeng won three medals and was subsequently handed the baton to host the games.
Winning the bid to host the event was seen as a vote of confidence in Mahikeng’s quest to rebrand and reposition itself as a befitting provincial capital and to become a 21st century world class city.
Mahikeng seeks to use the opportunity to reclaim its place among top cities in South Africa.
Municipality spokesperson Jerry Matebesi said that hosting an event of this magnitude will boost the economy of the province.
“The event will not only benefit Mahikeng people, but the province as a whole. We won a bid to host those games and preparations are already underway. The event will be a positive spin-off on economy especially for entrepreneurs and the youth,” Matebesi said.
“The official launch will be done on Friday and Mahikeng mayor Gosiame Seatlholo will be addressing various stakeholders during the event,” he said.
Ngaka Modiri Molema district executive mayor, Justice Makolomakwa and staff at the local municipality vowed that most of the medals in the 2016 games will remain in Mahikeng as they would be thoroughly prepared.
The games are played in many codes such as soccer, netball, volleyball and others.
Authorities also viewed the hosting as an opportunity to carry forward the Mahikeng Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal Programme launched by North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo four months ago.
At the launch, Mahumapelo said: “The programme is an intervention which aims to transform the space economy while addressing a multiplicity of developmental objectives.”
He said that Mahikeng boasted a very rich history, having been the capital city of the Bechuanaland Protectorate which is now Botswana, the place where the Scout Movement was started and a battlefield of the Anglo-Boer War.
However, over the years, road infrastructure in the city had deteriorated into an appalling condition resulting in the city being nicknamed the ‘City of Potholes’ and all sorts of names that did not promote the corporate image of the province.
Mahikeng was also characterised by problems of poor waste management, illegal refuse dumping, roads and stormwater problems, faulty streetlights and economic stagnation, among other things.
Matebesi said this was in line with Premier Mahumapelo’s “saamtrek/saamwerk” philosophy and it was crucial to work together in rebranding, repositioning and renewing the city.
Source: The New Age – obakengm@thenewage.co.za

 

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