On Saturday 26 February 2018, Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine, successfully hosted the third annual Gamagara Basketball Tournament in partnership with LoveLife.
The tournament took place at the SIVOS sport grounds in Kathu and saw schools from over the Gamagara municipal area participating in the event.
The tournament host, Sydney Ntili - Sishen mine's Social Enterprise Develop-ment Manager, explained that Sishen mine takes pride in seeing the youth partake in sports and recreation. He went on to boast about 2018's turnout being the best since founding the tournament three years ago. “This year's highlight was witnessing the youth adopt and implement our Play safe, Live safe, Be awesome slogan throughout the tournament,” said Sydney.
LoveLife kicked off the tournament with a life skills and motivation talk with the focus on substance abuse, peer pressure and how unhealthy behaviour can affect one's future. LoveLife also sponsored the medals and the winner's trophy.
Sishen's Cobra basketball club invited six schools in the Gamagara local municipal area to participate in the tournament. The participating teams were, Kathu High School, Langberg High School, Sishen Intermediate Mine School, Noord-Kaap Primary School, Sishen Primary School and Baitiredi Technical and Computer High School. The two teams that went through to the finals were Gamagara High School and Langberg High School. In the end, Gama-gara managed to walk away with the winning trophy after they beat Langberg by two points, leaving the final score at 12 to 10.
“A sportsperson is more likely to succeed in life and impact the community positively than a person who leads an unhealthy lifestyle. Sports form part of a healthy mind and a healthy lifestyle and it is important to remind the youth how they can improve their futures through basketball and other sports,” explained Andrè van Wyk the LoveLife representative.
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