After uncharacteristically finishing third in the OR Tambo Inter-Municipal Games in 2012 and failing to make an impact last year, the City of Johannesburg has bounced back to reclaim the title it last won three years ago.
The City recaptured first place overall during the eighth edition of the competition, hosted by Sedibeng District Municipality in the Vaal at the weekend.
“We took position one,” Mbulelo Bezu, the City’s Director of Sport and Recreation, exclaimed after the official results were announced.
Twelve Gauteng municipalities took part in the games, initiated by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in 2006 to enable employees and councillors of all Gauteng’s municipalities to come together and participate in various sporting codes.
For the City of Johannesburg, this annual spectacle is of significant importance in that it speaks to its Go Jozi Healthy Lifestyle Programme – initiated by Executive Mayor Cllr Parks Tau – through which it seeks to deal decisively with chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart ailments.
The City of Joburg proved too strong for the opposition this time around, winning most of the categories. It was a day of intense competition, with employees showing boundless energy and enthusiasm.
By the end of the gruelling day, Joburg was crowned the overall winner, Ekurhuleni came second and Tshwane third.
Joburg came out tops in several codes, including women’s golf, darts, men’s morabaraba, action cricket, men’s ncuva, men’s race walking and road running, men’s soccer and mixed volleyball.
The other participating municipalities were Lesedi Local Municipality, Metsweding District Municipality, Midvaal Local Municipality, Mogale City Local Municipality, Westonaria Local Municipality, Efulweni Local Municipality, City of Tshwane and Merafong Local Municipality.
The games were named after and held in honour of the late African National Congress struggle stalwart Oliver Reginald Tambo. The games also coincide with his birth month.
Here are the OR Tambo games overall results