Farmworkers Share Their Sportmanship in Swellendam
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport hosted the 2015 Farm Workers’ Sports Day in Swellendam on Saturday, 2 May 2015. The event was organised in partnership with the Swellendam Municipality.
Hundreds of farm workers from all six districts of the Western Cape (Cape Winelands, Cape Town Metropolitan, Eden, Overberg, West Coast and Central Karoo) participated in a range of sports, including cross-country, rugby, netball and tug-of-war. Many excited supporters cheered for their teams.
“The Farm Workers’ Sports Day supports farm communities in the Western Cape to become actively responsible for embracing healthy lifestyles,” said Mzolisi Kota of DCAS.
Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, commented: “The unifying power of sport cannot be underestimated. The Department plays a very important role in the facilitation of these opportunities. Our farming communities often live in isolation because of challenges with transport, and for this reason the Farmworker’s Sports Day is a great initiative.”
The day highlighted the important role that sport can bring people from different communities together. DCAS and its partners strive to give all the people of the Western Cape the opportunity to participate in sport and recreation so that they can have fun and enjoy good health.