What are Indigenous games? The purpose of Indigenous Games is to revive and popularize those cultural activities that have a particular appeal to vast sectors of South African communities, particularly the traditional rural people. Games include Ncuva, Mlabalaba, Jukskei, Drie Stokiesa, Ugqaphu (skipping rope) noMxhentso.
The games were launched in 2003 as a celebration of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage and diversity and the need to foster reconciliation and nation building as well as cultural tolerance. Indegenous Games are extricably linked to the traditions of a cultural group, being of local origin and requiring physical skill and strategy. Culture is not static. Indigenous people continually add to their own cultural material and physical heritage. Reliving and reinventing games of our forebears, adding and creating new dimensions to these games becomes a part of daily living.
Indigenous Games impact on a number of socioeconomic issues such as African identity, cultural diversity, education and training, accessibility of resources, international relations and economic growth.
Participants from various education districts of the Eastern Cape converged at Lusikisiki College of Education for the Provincial Games. Activities were played simultaneously at different venues and differing age categories.
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