Cricketers thrive at 2017 Township Tournament
Hilton - The KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union department of Rural and
Township Development has yet another success story to tell following
their 10th KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, KZN Department of Sport and
Recreation and Sunfoil Township Schools Tournament saw close to 300
cricketers from around the country compete at Hilton College from the
30th June to 5th July.
This year’s tournament was a milestone and KZN Cricket Union together
with the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation and the Willowton Group
have all expressed how this programme has done more than just equipping
these young bright minds with cricketing skills, it has also developed
Sanelisiwe Kuzwayo, manager of Rural and Township Development at KZN
Cricket Union said that she could not be more proud of how far they have
come with this programme and the difference it has made to these
“I feel very excited and overwhelmed, the 10th year anniversary became
all that we have hoped for," she said.
"Seeing all the brilliant players showing the exciting level of skills
that they have acquired, surpassed all that I could ever ask for as this
tournament is all about unearthing talent.”
The MEC of Health in KZN, Dr. Sibongiseni Dlomo, who gave a keynote
address at the closing ceremony of the tournament, urged the players to
respect the sport and never lose focus.
“I have been involved with this programme since its inception and I am
amazed of how much it has achieved.
"Today, I say to you, do not take such opportunities for granted,” he
KZN Cricket Union interim CEO, Muhammad Seedat also conveyed his message
of support towards the success of this tournament.
“I am extremely proud of what I have seen here.
"The players displayed an unsurpassed level of cricketing excellence
which gives me hope in the vision that we have.
"These are Proteas of the future,” Seedat said.
According to the Rural and Township Development statistics, this
tournament began with only seven coaches, coming from areas such as
KwaMashu, Umlazi, Lamontville, Kwadabeka, Inanda, Kwasanti and
Engonyameni. However, the number has since grown to 54 with 23 permanent
coaches amongst those.
It also started with seven club teams and now has 63.
This programme has also granted bursaries for 30 children in the last 10
years and 64 players, consisting of 40 boys and 24 girls have made KZN
Schools and senior teams.
The Deputy Manager for Club Development and Academies at KZN Department
of Sport and Recreation, Jay Mannikam, reiterated Kuzwayo’s words with
regards to this year’s tournament.
“As government, we are proud to be associated with such a tournament as
it gives youngsters an opportunity to better themselves through the game
"For us, it is about changing lives and giving opportunities to those
that were previously disadvantaged.
"The Township Schools Cricket Tournament unearths talent in the deep
rural areas and all of them come to Hilton where we see this talent in
the field and it excites us, because we have heard some success stories
in the past of players who have gone from this level to playing
"It is money well invested,” he said.
The 10th Township Schools Cricket Tournament U15 champions were the
KZNCU, DSR, Sunfoil Invitation XI who beat the KZN Inland Invitation by
5 wickets. In the U19 division the KZN Inland Academy emerged
victorious, beating KZNCU, DSR, Sunfoil Invitation XI by 18 runs.
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