​The countdown has begun and looming as the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) in partnership with Buffalo City Metro Municipality (BCMM), South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and Eastern Cape Sport Federation (ECSF) will host the Provincial Sporting Games known as the Steve Vukile Tshwete (SVT) Games in East London, from 29th November 2017 to 1st December 2017.  The purpose of the games are to encourage and promote mass participation in sport especially in disadvantage communities and afford the youth in the province an opportunity to live healthy and active lifestyles in sport which will assist in keeping them away from crime and other social ills.

The games are named after Steve Vukile Tshwete who was the champion of sport development to the youth of Eastern Cape and played a significant role in the unification of sport in the country, particularly rugby.  
“It is indeed with great excitement that as the sport loving people of the Eastern Cape we are coming together for the SVT Games in the Buffalo City. The Buffalo City prides itself for being the birth place of this great son of Africa. These games are named after him due to the role he played together with other Eastern Cape leaders in driving the non – racial sport movement.


“The 2017 games are also very important to us as they take place during the closure of the O.R Tambo Centenary and towards the launching of the Nelson Mandela Centenary. The Eastern Cape is therefore proud to be the home to these greats. Our leaders as they were leading in the broader liberation movement they always believed that sport was an important tool in keeping our people together and therefore served as a unifier and a builder of bridges across various races of our country,” said Hon MEC Pemmy Majodina of the DSRAC.


ECSF President, Mr Mkhululi Magada expressed his gratitude as the office for Provincial and Local Government’s tireless efforts to bring such big projects to life. “This has been the brains of the province that today we host second in line provincial Olympics.  I’m very much optimistic that these games will be a success taking from the level of commitment of the organisers.  May the best team win, here we rest our case.”
Young players from 8 districts who were selected through a process of games played in their local municipalities and districts level to form a final squad that will represent their district at the provincial level.
Ms Khuliswa Maligilindane (44), a totally blind lady from Ngqushwa is thrilled to participate on the game’s second edition. She is part of the senior team that will be playing Goalball for the Amathole District.
“I am excited to be selected as one of the players, especially as a disabled person. I use to be a soccer player and coach but lost my eyesight in 2004 and that didn’t hinder me in participating in sport. I decided to find a sport code that I can participate as a blind person on which I found Goalball. Not many people know about this sport code and it is an opportunity for us to showcase our talent through Goalball.”  
Goalball is a sport for athletes with visual impairments. It is played by two teams of three using a ball with bells inside. The ball is the size of a basketball but twice the weight. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the opposing team's net, while defenders attempt to block it with their bodies.
Some of the sporting codes that will be played are namely; Netball, Volleyball, Rugby, Table tennis, Football and Boxing. 
The games are held annually so as to identify new sporting talents and also use this platform to identify players that might represent the province at the National Games.
The official opening of the SVT Games will be held at the Buffalo City Stadium, East London on 28 November 2017.

For media queries, contact:
Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture
Mr Andile Nduna
Cell: 071 411 4820
Email: Andile.Nduna@ecsrac.gov.za
Or
Buffalo City Metro Municipality
Mr Samkelo Ngwenya
Cell: 073 557 4707
Email: Samkelon@buffalocity.gov.za
Or
South African Local Government Association
Ms Sandiswa Mahlangabeza
Cell: 084 888 89514
Email: smahlangabeza@salga.org.za

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King William's Town,
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