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More than 700 people turned out for the annual Turton Beach Games of 2015, held recently in Turton beach, uMthwalume. Since its inception, this annual leisure sports event is growing, with more people showing support and love for the new beach. The 8th Turton Beach Games has been characterized by a general sports buzz. Most young people from all the 19 wards of Umzumbe have showcased a zealousness to participate in various sport codes and are more competitive.
Other than being a sport event, Turton Beach Games were conceptualized with the main objective of promoting the beach as one of the tourists’ attraction spots within the South Coast, and further attract interests from various stakeholders to support uMzumbe development goal. The Chairperson of Local Economic Development and Planning Committee in uMzumbe, Cllr Matho Shozi, alluded that the development of a new 4KM beach stream will boost the economy of uMzumbe.
“As uMzumbe leadership we strongly believe this is one of the projects to perfectly boost our economy and further create a sustainable economic base and viable income for the municipality and the entire people of uMzumbe. In our current five year Integrated Development Plan, this economic project is a major contributor to the accomplishment of our development goals. Furthermore, this project is in its development phases which in the near future we will be proud to enjoy its tourism benefits” Cllr Shozi said.
Shozi further revealed that various stakeholders seem to support this development goal, with KwaZulu-
Umzumbe Sports Confederation Committee chairperson, Mr Nkosinathi Jali commended uMzumbe municipality for the development of the new beach, saying it will expand uMZumbe’s sports facilities. “We have so much belief that sports develop our youth in many ways. Thus investment in sport facilities is highly encouraged by the committee. With this beach development and the ongoing construction of Nkanini Indoor Sports Centre in Ward-
Youth development Office under the supervision of Mr. Philani Zama stated that the 2015 Turton Beach Games have proven to be a huge success, considering the number of people who attended and the increase of participants in various sport codes. Sport activities accommodated both males and females, in soccer, volley ball, rugby, tug of war, morabaraba, athletics, stick fighting and chess. The next year’s event is expected to be at its superlative level as the popularity of these games has been soaring throughout the years.