The Kay Motsepe Schools Cup has been underway since the 23rd of July. So far provincial matches have been held in the Northern Cape, the North West province, the Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng. The Motsepe Foundation has been monitoring the progress of each provincial game in the lead up to the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup national games.
In Limpopo, the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Provincials for football took place on the 13th of August. All games were played at the Nkowankowa Stadium. Hasani Mninginisi Secondary School from the Shamavunga District emerged as the final winner of the Limpopo provincial games, followed by Benny’s Care from Soutpansberg West Circuit, as the runner-up. All stakeholders involved worked together to ensure that the Limpopo provincial games and the kick-off to the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup were a success.
As for the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Provincials in netball, the games ran simultaneously to the football games. Ben Voster came out as the ultimate winner, beating the runner-up – Pietersburg High School, in the merit sector. In the development sector, Millennium beat Morwathebe.
The Mpumalanga games took place on the 20th at Rob Ferreira High School. In football, Bonzeni High School displayed great skill as they beat the runner-up, Sukhulile High School.
In Netball, the merit division was won by Middleburg Tech High School, with Witbank Tech as the runner-up. In the development division, Ezakeni High School took the lead, followed by Khulambika High School.
The provincial finals in Kwa-Zulu Natal were met with excitement having drawn a sizeable line-up for both the netball and football games. Glenwood High School emerged as the provincial champions with Sekhusile from Newcastle as the runner-up school.
In the netball games Shayamoya High School won the merit division followed up Kuswag as the runner-up. The development division was won by Muziwesizwe, followed by Nhlanlayethu school.
The Gauteng Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Provincial games took place at Vaal University of Technology and George Campbell School of Technology respectively, on the 27th of August.
In football, 7 schools participated instead of 8 as expected. Emadwaleni from Orlando West withdrew.
The Gauteng provincial winner is Rosina Sedibane, and the runner-up is Clapham. Both schools are from Tshwane.
In Netball, the merit category was won by Pretoria H. School for Girls, with Eldorain H. School as the runner-up. The winner of the development category is MON Sibande from Ekurhuleni, with Seageng from West Tshwane as the runner-up.
Many of the players’ parents attended in droves to show their support.
The Eastern Cape provincials took place on the 10th of September. In netball, the games were played at the Hudson Park High School indoor court owning to the weather. The games proceeded successfully no less, as the merit division for model C schools, was won by Pearson H. School, and the development division, for township and rural schools, saw the triumph of Kareedouw H. School.
The past weekend marks the end of the provincial games for Netball. Pearson H. School), Nico Malan School (runner up), Kareedouw High School and Nomadolo School (runner up) will all proceed to the National Finals.
In football, which took place at the Jan Smuts Stadium, Ncedo Senior Secondary School did their province proud as the winners to proceed to the national games. The runner-up is Charles Darwin school.
Sanlam’s East London office staff attended in full force to show their support and assisted with presenting the winning teams with medals.
All of the provincial games for football and netball are leading up to the national finals to be held in October. Throughout the games, the Department of Education and SAFA have been significantly supportive in ensuring strong participation from schools across the country.
In an ongoing effort to develop young talent in South Africa, the Motsepe Foundation has contributed greatly towards sports and athleticism in schools. As part of its contribution, players and teams are awarded fiscally for their talent.
In netball, the player who emerges as the most talented team member in the netball development division can look forward to a trip to Singapore. This esteemed player will partake in an international tournament in the Asian nation.
For football, the national winning team is set win a R1 million prize, with the runners up receiving R600 000 for second place, R500 000 for third place and R400 000 for fourth place.
Since 2010, several schools have been the recipients of a total of R2 500 000 each year, used towards the development of the participating teams and their respective schools. Investing in the youth through sport is paramount to fostering growth in the country at large.
Registration for the next provincial games will be open on the Motsepe Foundation website in early November 2017. All fixtures for the football provincial games may be found on the SAFA website.