Shukuma Eswatini ‘invades’ Ntondozi
Welcome to another edition of your favourite read. After last week’s announcement by His Majesty King Mswati III during the 50/50 celebrations that our beautiful country will no longer be known as Swaziland but be recognized as the ‘Kingdom of Eswatini’, as a sporting organization, we want to lead by example and heed to the call by His Majesty. We therefore soon be officially pronouncing our ‘flasgship’ programme to Shukuma Eswatini quite very soon.
Ntonodzi, a relatively large community with seven (7) different chiefdoms namely in Ncabeni, Ndinda, Mpini, Ndlinilembi, Ntondozi, Gebeni and Luyengo/Khalangilile in the Manzini region is the next stop of our Shukuma 2018 tour. Yes, on Saturday 28 April 2018, the energetic, ever-ready and dynamic team of the Swaziland National Sport & Recreation Council (SNSRC) will be delivering a bigger and better Shukuma to the people of Ntondozi and surrounding areas. We are not only expecting the people of Ntondozi to be part of the event but everyone is welcome to attend so he or she can refresh both the body, mind and soul. That is just how good our Shukuma programmes are.
We cater for everyone. From toddlers to the eldest citizen, there is always something for everyone. Everyone is invited to come and do the right thing – shake that body and I guarantee you that after the session you will feel alive. We pride ourselves in this invigorating programme, which actually fulfils a very important aspect in the lives of our people. Of course, the primary objective is to encourage mass participation in physical activity or some sport by all people living in the country, especially those in the rural areas, who can hardly afford going to established gyms and fitness or training facilities. The idea is to encourage and actually enlighten people that one can exercise in the comfort of their respective homes.
This Shukuma will no doubt be one of the biggest for the year as we have roped in reputable organizations such as MTN Swaziland, PSI Swaziland, Diabetes Swaziland, Swaziland Breast Cancer Network (SBCN) and the Swaziland National Youth Council (SNYC) to be part of the day’s activities. Our day will as usual start with a walk, which should be about 5 kilometres long from Ntondozi to Khalangile. On return to the Ntondozi Inkhundla, participants will then proceed to the aerobics session. As already stated; we have games for everyone. We will be bringing the Kids’ Athletics, indigenous games that include the much fancied Umlabalaba and Draft. We will also bring the tug of war with us which is also a ‘favourite’ to the participants.
We already have sports associations that have confirmed their participation. These include the Swaziland National Table Tennis Association (SNTA), Swaziland Cricket Association (SCA), Swaziland Darts Association (SDA) Swaziland Boxing Association (SWABA) and Oyama Taekwondo to mention just a few of the sport associations that will definitely be part of the day. Activities will start at as early as 08:00am. I can only implore and urge participants to keep time. As usual, we have a huge surprise for the participants.
See you soon Ntondozi!
Cheshire Homes Family Fun Day
The Swaziland National Sport and Recreation Council will also be at the Cheshire Homes of Swaziland – Cheswa Family Fun Day to support and take part in the day’s activities. The event will be hosted by Her Royal Highness Make LaNtentesa (Cheshire Homes Patron) on the 28th of April 2018 at Malkerns Country Club from 7.00am – 3:00pm. The theme for this year’s fun day is, Driving ‘Journeys’ Towards Independence. The family fun day will start with a fresh walk from Country Club to Mahlanya and then back to the club. Activities for the day will include A car show, body massage, aerobics, charity shop, organised games and wheelchair basketball. The kids will also have a day to never forget as there will be an array of kidde’s games comprising of Horse Riding, Jumping Castle, Swings, Face Painting and many more. Entry fees for adults will be at E30 whilst kids below 12 years will gain free entry.
Handball Zone IV IHF in Zambia
The Kingdom of Eswatini Handball teams is at Lusaka, Zambia to compete in the IHF Zone 6 World Cup Qualifiers. The two teams to compete at the Zone IV IHF Games will be categorised into two parts, being the youth (Under-21) and the juniors (Under -18). The squads, that left the country on Saturday (21 April 2018) will both kick off the campaign this week at the Arena Stadium. The teams are facing over eight countries, being South Africa, Zambia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Seychelles, Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe. We wish the teams well and we hope for sterling performances during the games.
MY QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do’’- Derek Jeter (Former New York Yankees Superstar)
Till next week, Shukuma ESwatini!
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