A new interim committee to serve in the Mkhondo Netball Federation has been formed to look into the development and affairs of netball in the area jurisdiction of the Mkhondo Local Municipality. The committee of five (5) members was elected by representatives of eight (8) teams at the side lines of the Saul Mkhizeville Netball Cup at Lindelani Playing Courts, Saul Mkhizeville on Saturday 01 June 2019.
The meeting was called by Mkhondo Sports Council chairperson Mr Ntokozo Simelane who also conducted the electoral process. Before the elections he told teams that it was important to have a netball structure that will promote and give netball a voice in the Mkhondo Sports Council. He said their job is to make sure netball clubs are active by staging regular tournaments and to establish a netball league. The clubs welcomed the decision to elect a committee and promised to support the elected members.
The clubs that elected the Mkhondo Netball Federation interim committee included the seven (7) participants of the Saul Mkhizeville Netball Cup which were: Eagles NC from Phola Park in Thandukukhanya, Rockstar NC from Saul Mkhizeville, Young Rockstar NC, Fire Angels NC from Saul Mkhizeville, Troublemakers NC, Philasiphile NC & Flying Angels all three from Iswepe. Mighty Stars NC did not play in the tournament but they were represented by Bongiwe Yende who was elected Deputy Chairperson. The committee immediately got down to business by handing out the medals and other prizes to the winning clubs after the conclusion of the Saul Mkhizeville Netball Cup.
Their first assignment will be organising the 2nd edition of Girls Got Game Netball Tournament this month. The tournament is a brain child of national under 20 player and Free State Crinums player Skholiwe Sne Mdletshe.
The newly elected committee has a tough task of keeping netball active and to promote the sport in all areas of the local municipality. Their first assignment will be organising the 2nd edition of Girls Got Game Netball Tournament this month. The tournament is a brain child of national under 20 player and Free State Crinums player Skholiwe Sne Mdletshe. She started with only four teams in December last year. Sne has indicated that she would like to have a tournament in June and December this year to keep up the momentum. She is currently playing in the Telkom Netball League and her team the Free State Crinums will be involved in the semi-finals this coming Friday at the Rembrandt Hall in Tshwane against the Jaguars.
There will also be the annual Club Development Games tournament which features all active sport codes to be played later this year. These games are sponsored by the Department of Culture, Sports & Recreation. Netball missed out last due to lack of teams when only Super Falcons and Eagles NC arrived to play. The games were abandoned due to lack of teams but this year it will be different, the interim committee will be in charge. The biggest challenge for the newly formed federation will be getting sponsors to motivate teams and assist with transport to play games.
Here are the names of elected members to serve in the Mkhondo Netball Federation:
1. Sbonelo Mkhwanazi of Rockstar NC - Chairperson
2. Miss Bongiwe Yende of Mighty Stars NC - Deputy Chairperson
3. Eagles NC captain Miss Sphiwe Majara - Secretary
4. Troublemaker captain Miss Cindy Nxumalo - Deputy Secretary.
5. Mr Mlipha who manage and coach Eagles NC - Treasurer.