The Polokwane Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr John Mpe on Wednesday officially launched some major sporting activities hosted by the City for 2023.

Mpe revealed the details, including dates, during the 3-In-1 media launch at Peter Mokaba Stadium executive lounge.

The Municipality will be hosting the Mayoral Charity Golf Day on Friday, 24 February, Makoro Village Marathon on Saturday, 18
March and Polokwane City Marathon on Saturday, 22 April 2023.

Both the Polokwane and Makoro marathons will have four races: 42KMs, 21KMs, 10KMs and 5KMs. For the first time the Makoro village marathon will be a comrades qualifier.

POLOKWANE CITY MARATHON REBRANDED

The Polokwane City Marathon was formerly known as the Polokwane Mayoral Marathon

MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana
MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana

The event was attended by amongst others the Executive Mayor of Capricorn District, Cllr Mamedupi Kirsty Teffo, MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana and MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba.

Mayor Mpe has encouraged the citizens of Polokwane and the province as whole and other parts of the country to take the Initiative and challenge of pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

“You don’t have to be a professional runner to run. You can come and walk for 5km, you can come run and walk for 10km, 21km,” Said Mpe.

Runners and Golfers attending the Mayoral Charity Golf Day, Makoro Village and Polokwane City Marathons launch
Runners and Golfers attending the Mayoral Charity Golf Day, Makoro Village and Polokwane City Marathons launch

“Come and run your 42km if you are ready. It’s not a difficult thing to run, but don’t stress yourself and think you can run like the top runners Ludwick Mamabolo or Rufus Photo. Those are top runners who run for money, you run for health.

MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

“The biggest medicine for our health is our ability to be active. Active body will give you an active mind and will improve the quality of life. It’s for yourself, you are not running for Polokwane. You are running for yourself, so I think people must take this challenge very seriously.”

MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba.
MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba.

“For the Polokwane City Marathon we are anticipating 5 to 10 000 runners.”

The online Registrations for the marathons are officially opened.

MAYORAL GOLF DAY

Meanwhile, the Mayoral Charity Golf Tournament has enabled over 300 students to progress to higher institutions of learning.

The annual event sees local golfers, business people and politicians come together at the Polokwane Golf club to support the noble initiative.

Limpopo MEC For Sport, Arts and Culture Ms Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana welcomed hundreds of athletes and delegates in Polokwane. This is ahead of the Special Olympics.

700 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from across all 9 provinces have descended to Polokwane Municipality for the games. The games started on Thursday, 17 November and will end on Saturday, 19 November.

The games began with a Law Enforcement Torch Run which saw the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” travel to four districts in Limpopo. This was before it finally entered the Peter Mokaba Stadium as part of the official Opening Ceremony.

MEC KEKANA PROUD

“This is a very special day for all of us, in particular for us here in Limpopo. From the day we were informed about hosting this auspicious event, it became apparent that this is going to be a great day,” said Sibanda-Kekana.

Special Olympics team Limpopo
Special Olympics team Limpopo

“I just wish the thousands of people in Limpopo and South Africa could have been here to witness the talent. The abilities of our children with intellectual abilities displayed in the field of sport. This testimony could therefore be spread across the country.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

The Special Olympics athletes will compete in 8 sporting codes. This includes athletics, aquatics, basketball, bocce, football, futsal, netball, table tennis and ten pin bowling.

Sports competitions will include officiating by representatives from different federations such as SAFA, ASA, Table Tennis, Swimming SA, Ten pin Bowling and Netball SA.

Team Mpumalanga

The competition will see the advancement of the Special Olympics South Africa National Team that will represent SA at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Germany.

They will be participating against over 7000 athletes from 180 countries. Team SA will be hoping to beat the medal count from the previous Special Olympics Summer Games in the UAE. They returned with 35 Gold, 15 Silver and 12 Bronze medals.