Spectators astounded by pure talent showcased during Netball Championships

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Studies have shown that sports activities in the workplace can promote good health and decrease absenteeism. Sport can also influence positive changes and lead to an increase in employee productivity. It further develops positive relationship among employees since communication and team work are central to the efficacy of any sporting activity. Sport is also a unifying factor and an effective driver of social cohesion among employees.

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS), is acutely aware of the role of sport, hence the investment of significance resources to ensure officials participate in an array of sporting codes. Just last week, a week-long Netball National Championships were held at Kroonstad Training College, in the Free State/Northern Cape region, for both male and female teams, from 07 to 12 November 2021.

Netball South Africa, which is the umbrella governing body for netball in the country, and a key stakeholder of the Department has selected 15 players, from both male and female regional teams, to form a national team that will represent DCS in national tournaments. These national tournaments will give exposure to DCS’ female and male netball teams as they compete with other teams outside the Department. The female national team will be joining Netball South Africa in the national championships to be held in Cape Town, Western Cape in December 2021, whilst their male counterparts will be participating in the national tournament to be held in Upington, Northern Cape in February 2021.

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“We signed a memorandum of understanding with DCS because we want to further capacitate its employees. My wish is to see some of these players participating in the continental tournament to be held in Morocco very soon, as well as other upcoming international tournaments. I want to thank all teams and players who participated in this tournament. This whole partnership and the tournament itself, would have amounted to nothing without the presence and participation of these players,” said Cecilia Molokoane, President of Netball South Africa.

Director: Development and Care, Gustav Wilson who was representing the Regional Commissioner for Free State and Northern Cape region echoed the same sentiments. “We appreciate partnerships that have been established across the length and breadth of South Africa in sport. This goes to show that we are not succumbing to the consequences of COVID-19, but we are rising above the disease as we begin to embrace the new normal. Each of you are part of a bigger team, from players, coaches, empires and technical teams,” he said.

This national netball tournament saw men and women of note locking horns for top honours in the field, where three positions were up for the taking. The regions which emerged victorious during this netball tournament are as follows:

Males:

  • Position 1: KwaZulu-Natal Region
  • Position 2: Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West Region
  • Position 3: Free State and Northern Cape Region

Females:

  • Position 1: Western Cape Region
  • Position 2: Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West Region
  • Position 3: Gauteng Region

Other categories where winners were chosen include best individual players as well as empires of the tournament.

Acting Director: Employee Wellness, Sandile Mthembu encouraged officials to be disciplined and grounded at all times as such good behaviour will take them far in sport. He further encouraged them to lead from the front and vaccinate for COVID-19.

 

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