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​MMC Sifumba Supports the Development and Transformation of School Rugby

On Sunday, 01 October 2017, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba attended a gala dinner for the launch of the Iqhawe Week U15 Rugby Tournament. 
At the gala dinner launch, Cllr Sifumba was joined by senior Executive Members of the South African Rugby Legends and the Gauteng Golden Lions rugby team. 
The tournament, which is now in its fourth year, is in partnership with the City of Johannesburg.

The Iqhawe Week is a new exciting edition to the school rugby tournaments calendar. It is a development rugby tournament with U15 representative from 14 rugby unions from across South Africa. The Iqhawe Week gives talented young boys, mostly from underprivileged areas, a chance to showcase their skills. The tournament could result in some of the boys getting a bursary to attend a traditional rugby school.

The City is proud to host the Legends Iqhawe Week.

Tournaments such as the Iqhawe Week U15 Rugby Tournament are important for the development and transformation of rugby. The involvement of the private sector is also important for the sport, considering that the City of Joburg is facing increased financial constraints and the financial support that the City can give to the development of rugby is limited.

Children from disadvantaged areas want to play rugby, but the lack of facilities, boots and adequate nutrition, makes it difficult. Private sector support ensures that children from underprivileged areas have the opportunity to play rugby. Iqhawe Week U15 Rugby Tournament will run from Monday 2 October to Thursday 5 October 2017 at the Bill Jardine Stadium.

Media enquiries:

Ayanda Radebe 
Acting Media Liaison: Office of the MMC Community Development 
060 971 2603