THE PROVINCIAL INDIGENOUS GAMES IN SA 2021
Mpumalanga Province through the Department of Culture, Sport, and Recreation is amongst the nine provinces that are participating in the Indigenous Games (IG) in eThekwini Metro, KwaZulu-Natal Province.
The main Objectives of Indigenous Games are:
- To showcase the nine indigenous games codes played in South Africa.
- To revive Indigenous Games which were about to be extinct, develop the games and make them competitive.
- To celebrate the games as the heritage of the various cultures of the country.
Indigenous Games (IG) refers to cultural games that originated in Africa and were played in the olden days. The games were neglected over time and were nearly extinct since they were not documented. A number of the games, from various cultures were revived so that they can be documented for future generations to learn and play.
The focus is on nine IG codes that originated from various cultural groups. These nine IG codes are standardized and played by all nine Provinces to compete at the National level. These are Dibeke, Diketo, Drie Stokies, Intonga, Jukskei, Kgati, Khokho, Morabaraba and Ncuva.
The National Indigenous Games are held from 23 – 29 September 2021 in eThekwini Metro, KwaZulu-Natal Province.
Dibeke is a running ball game that consists of two teams of six boys and six girls each, and a ball. The attacking team score when the ball has been moved across the entire length of the field. Sounding a bit like soccer?? It's not! The ball is kicked away by the attacking team, and the defending team will try to get their hands on the balls, literally. Yes, they need to get the ball away from the attackers, using their hands!
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