As part of Youth Day commemoration, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) held netball trials at a packed OR Tambo Recreational Centre in Khayelitsha last Saturday.
The teacher union is the biggest in the Western Cape and the trials, themed “Play Sport To Remember the 1976 youth, were attended by members from the West Coast , Metro, Karoo, Boland and South Coast.
The selected netball team is going to represent SADTU in the Southern African Teachers Organisation tournament taking place in Gaborone, Botswana at the end of August.
“These games are meant to build social cohesion among the SADEC region teachers. One of the discussions in building unity is the use of the single language across the region and the regional teacher unions have considered the Swahili is the language of the region noting that there are more SADEC countries that are using Swahili as a language,” said Sadtu’s regional sport convenor Mcebisi Mnconywa.
Mnconywa said the games also help create teachers as “role model”. “When learners see teachers taking part in sport, it motivates them to follow on their footsteps,“ said Mnconywa.