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Nkangala Youth Talent and Sports Development

Celebrating youthfulness through six sporting codes

Eskom, Vitrovian & Unothando Foundation hosted the 4th annual Nkangala Youth Talent and Sports development Tournament (NYTSDT) at Witbank High School in eMalahleni Municipality.

The tournament kick started with the couching clinics on the 26th & 27th of May 2017 and the preminarly round were hosted on the 10th & 11th of June 2017 leading to the semi-finals on the 15th of June and giving the participant 2 days off to prepare for their final on the 16th of June 2017.

In this year edition NYTSDT added three different sporting code namely Chess, Volleyball and Boxing. The opening launch for this year’s games took place at Witbank Civic Theatre on the 1st of June 2017 as we were kick starting the June youth and the draw was made. The outcome of the draw was the fixture which was used going forward for the tournament. The federations for all the sporting codes were present throughout all the all proceedings ensuring fair games.

The tournament achieved its objectives of social cohesion, talent identification, creating a platform for sports federations to showcase their talent, coach’s development, technical official’s development and contributing towards the creation of sportsman & woman who can go further in representing the country as champions of sports.

Deputy Minister of Sports & Recreation Mr Gert Oisthezen grace us with his present and gave a word of encouragement and support to the young sport men and women as well as the community at large, he also encouraged private companies such as Eskom to keep up with the good work that their doing and as the department they will see to it that they get involve.

The finals results of the NYTSDT were as follows:

Basketball Males

Middelburg Spinners 64-36 eMalahleni Warriors


Basketball Females

Middelburg Spinners 70-19 eMalahleni Warriors



Steve Tshwete 1-0 eMalahleni



Dr. JS Moroka 1-1 eMalahleni


Netballs Females

Witbank City Ladies 49-38 Blue Cranes


Netball Males

Dolphins 31-26 Young Fighters


Volleyball Males

Hurricanes 1-3 Beat Masters


Volleyball Females

Young Masters 1-3 Beat Masters

Soccer Males

Botleng Classics FC 0-2 Witbank City Lads FC


Soccer Females

Coal City Wizards FC 0-0 T.U.T FC
Penalties 5-4


As Vitrovian, we would like to congratulate all the teams who participated in the tournament as they showed great effort and good sportsmanship. As we say: Glory to the winners and failure is learning.


Celebrating youthfulness through sports

Vitrovian hosted the 3rd  annual Nkangala Youth Talent and Sports Development Tournament, the tournament sought to empower youth through sports activities over a period of 5 days and commemorated 40 years since the Soweto uprising.

Vitrovian and  the Eskom Kusile Project made this event a success,  it was bigger and better drawing in  stakeholders such  as the  Dpt of Culture, Sport & Recreation, Nkangala District Municipality, Emalahleni Municipality, Mpumalanga Sport Confederation, SAFA, Nkangala Netball, Nkangala Basketball, Witbank Spurs, NYDA, Love Life and Emalahleni FM the involvement of these structures and organisations made the event possible.

The tournament was hosted at Puma Stadium eMalahleni from 11- 12 June 2016 was coaching clinics on football were conducted by Witbank Spurs, Netball was conducted by Nkangala Netball and on basketball was conducted by Nkangala basketball. From 13-15 June 2016 it was the knockout phase for all the sporting codes and the final was on the 16th of June 2016 were everyone in the country gathered at different places eMalahleni was buzzing with different teams who have come to compete. The games were officially opened by our Executive Mayor of eMalahleni Cllr L. Mabona Ntshalintshali .Mandla Masango the Tournament ambassador was present. The Nkangala Youth Talent and Sport Development Tournament 2016 champions are:
• Soccer: Witbank City Lads FC
• Female soccer: TUT FC
• Netball: Blue Cranes Netball Club
• Male Netball: Dolphins Netball Club
• Basketball: EMalahleni Worriors Basketball Club
• Female Basketball: Middleburg Spinners Basketball Club


Nkangala Youth Talent and Sports Development Tournament 2015

Vitrovian hosted the 2nd annual Nkangala Youth Talent and Sports Development Tournament themed “Celebrating Youthfulness through Sports” at the Themba Senamela Stadium. The Tournament took place from the 13nth of June leading up to and including the 16th June 2015  at Steve Tshwete Local Municipality at Themba Senamela Stadium where the finals for Football, Netball and Basketball were played. The event was made possible through the sponsorship / partnership of Nkangala District Municipality, Steve Tshwete Municipality, Eskom Kusile Power Station and its contractors, Mpumamanzi and other progressive organizations.

The opening launch for this year’s games took place successfully on the 10nth of June at Vitrovian house where the match draws were done. This fixture was then used going forward for the tournament. The Nkangala Netball, Basketball and South African Football association federations were all present throughout all proceedings ensuring fair games.

It is through this tournament that the mayor of Steve Tshwete as well as other stakeholders committed to partner with Vitrovian to ensure that next year the same event takes place with more participation from the surrounding schools and expanding the current tournament offering. The tournament achieved its objectives of social cohesion, talent Identification, creating a platform for sport fraternity to showcase their talent, Coaches Development, Technical Official’s Development and contributing towards the creation of sportsman and woman who can go further in representing the country as champions of sport.

Eskom Kusile Project Director france Sithole gave a word of encouragement and support to the young sport men and women as well as community as a whole. Dino Ndlovu, Bongani Gumede , Tsholofelo Maseko were outstanding diplomats for this year’s games .

The final results for the tournament were as follows:

Male Soccer

Bothleng Classic Football Club (1) vs Scara United Football Club(3)

Female Soccer

Bhidliza Bantu Ladies Football Club (0) vs Two Touch Ladies Football Club (5)

Basketball Male

Middleburg Spinners (48) vs Eastdene (42)

Basketball Female

Middleburg Outlaws (46) vs Emakhazeni Immemeza (04)

Netball Females

TUT Emalahleni Netball Club (20) vs Phinder Finder Netball Club (30)

Netball Male

Dolphins Netball Club (29) vs Young Fighter 14

A huge congratulations to all the teams that took part in the tournament they all showed great effort and good sportsmanship .We wish all the winning teams the best and may they claim more victory and grow , strength by strength !!


The Sports Tournament  assists in stimulating growth in the economy of the region; and it  also greatly contribute towards the growth of the tourism sector. We believe that participating in sports is not only about sports development; but also about creating opportunities for the man on the street that they may develop & grow financially through selling and promoting their products during the tournaments and providing services.


1. Objectives Of The Sports Tournament

  • Promoting Pusha Foundation social entrepreneurship identity.
  • Social cohesion.
  • Talent identification.
  • Create a platform for sports fraternity to showcase their talent.
  • Coaches’ development.
  • Technical officials’ development.
  • Addressing national sports crises (Producing Champions).
  • Umpire’s Development

2. Challenges Faced by Young People In The Region

  • Lack of proper sporting facilities.
  • Alcohol & drug abuse.
  • HIV & Aids.
  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Unemployment and lack of job opportunities.
  • Skills Development.
  • Lack of sports development and mentorship.

3. Sports Development For The Youth

Key Strategic Partners

  • Mpumalanga Academy of Sports
  • Nkangala Sports confederation
  • District Federations
  • Department of Culture, Sports and Recreation Nkangala region
  • Nkangala District Municipality
  • Local Municipalities
  • SAFA Development Agency
  • Nkangala Netball
  • Nkangala Basketball

F83B45954. Services and the Identified Codes

It has been decided that the Community Sports Tournament will be pioneered in schools especial those schools that are already promoting and are involved in programmes such as, School Sports Leagues, SASFA and other school sports structured tournaments. As things stands schools are said to be the academic centres which minimise the extramural activities and because schools are overburdened thus we choose to focus on the community sports. The programme is structured to cover schools for the purpose of achieving the goals of long term sports’ development. The coaching clinics will be done on Saturdays in order not to disturb the curriculum of the learners. They will also be spread over a period of 8 months (from September 2014 to April 2015) and will be aligned to the programme that SAFA is implementing regarding coaching and mentoring.

The coaching clinics will include all the sporting codes that we have identified as being critical in this area i.e Soccer, netball and basketball.

F83B4584We are targeting to cover plus minus 8 000 people to participate in this tournament. This includes the preliminary games that will be taking place at local level.

The tournament also targets to achieve more than 10 000 children at grassroots development. Different federations will provide the technical rules and officiating of the games. Only clubs and teams who are playing organised sports will be the ones considered to allow and ensure tracking and tracing of athletes’ progress and development after the tournament. This is a development tournament and the aim is to ensure sustainability. This can be achieved through the empowerment of coaches and by enforcing rules on technical officials and the experience gained on the field to be transferred to the participants.

Codes to be catered in this tournament

  • Football Under 23
  • Football Woman(Open)
  • Netball Open (female)
  • Netball Open (male)
  • Basketball under 23 (female)
  • Basket under 23 (male)

In all these sporting codes we will implement the rule that cater mostly for the under 23 but allow over 23 to participate in a small scale. The 7/4 ratio rule will be implemented i.e 7 under 23 and 4 over age players. The rule will be spread to suit all the sporting codes.