UKZN’S Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences (BELS) Discipline assisted the Inkanyezi Special School in Ladysmith organise a 123-Awareness and Sports Day to celebrate the founding of the school 33 years ago.
The day began with a march along the main streets of Steadville, led by the school’s drummies, followed by netball, soccer, volleyball and athletics, among other events.
‘Sports and recreation activities are a crucial part of a learner’s growth and development,’ said UKZN’s BELS lecturer Dr Khumbuzile Khumalo. ‘They help holistic emotional, physical, social, mental and intellectual growth. Through participating in different sports, a learner gains skills, experience and self-confidence which help develop personality.’
Khumalo, affectionately known as “KK”, said: ‘My aim is to introduce goalball and blind cricket in the disadvantaged communities with the assistance of KwaZulu-Natal co-ordinators in those sports.’
Principal, Mrs Busiswe Mbuyisa thanked Khumalo for the initiative, declaring the day a success and a special experience for all. ‘Thank you, Dr KK, for the motivation and your dedication in promoting inclusive education and awareness about the different sporting activities for the blind. We are looking forward to the introduction and implementation of those activities.’
The event was supported by the Ladysmith community, the Department of Education, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the South African Police Services (SAPS), and other special schools.
Sponsors were the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF), the Disability Support Unit (DSU) and aQuelle.
Guests and speakers included co-founders of the school Mrs Phumzile Faith Nyembe, Mrs Cherry Mndaweni and Mrs Shedina Zwane, while guests of honour were three former pupils who represented South Africa overseas Mr Smanga Mbatha, Ms Nontobeko Mabizela and Ms Zama Msibi.
Words: Nombuso Dlamini