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The Imbali Education and Innovation Precinct (IEIP) in collaboration with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Midlands Sports Department successfully hosted its 2024 IEIP Sports Festival.  The event was held at DUT’s Indumiso Campus Sport Centre and was sponsored by aQuellé South Africa.

This social cohesion initiative aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and sports programmes, talent identification, optimisation and coaching education, sports and exercise science as a sports career and promote sports and education in schools, TVET, DUT and the Imbali community.

There were different sports codes that different institutions participated in which included female and male Soccer, Netball and Indigenous games. The participating institutions were the DUT, Zibukezulu Technical High School, Sukuma Comprehensive High School, Funulwazi Primary School, Mfundwenhle Primary School, Ekukhanyeni Special School, Rise and Shine Primary School, Thornville and Ward 19 Community.

The Programme Director for the day was the Imbali Education and Innovation Precinct social media Officer: Ms Sphumelele Nzimande who welcomed everyone that attended and encouraged the participants to play their best as there were prizes to be won.

Ward 19 Councillor: Mr Vusi Ngwenya shared opening remarks and expressed his sincere gratitude to the IEIP for organising the event.

“I deeply value and am grateful for the engagement within the DUT Indumiso Campus. The IEIP is indeed playing a role to develop our youth and such social cohesion should not be taken for granted. This is the first IEIP annual social cohesion sport festival, and we hope that it will continue in the next years. It is important that we bare at the back of our minds that the festival is not just about who wins and lose but aimed at creating a shared platform where different institutions and communities share their love and passion for sports”, he said.

DUT Midlands Sport Administrator: Mr Qhawe Mcwabe presented on the significance of exciting, healthy lifestyle and available career opportunities in sports.

Dr Mfanozelwe Shozi shared the purpose of the day and gave an insightful background about the IEIP.

“The Imbali Education and Innovation Precinct (IEIP) is a ministerial project that aims to pilot and explore an alternative modality of education delivery. The IEIP comprise a set of interconnected institutions such as university of technologies, technical and vocational colleges and other private institutions, collaborating and supporting each other in the delivery of their mandates through establishing strong relationships with the communities, industry and civil society organizations in their locality. The IEIP provides the opportunity to bring together formal, non-formal and informal education activities across education sub-systems, from early childhood education and development to higher education” he explained.

During the event Mr Avhatakali Nenungwi, Director: Organisational Development and Talent Management at Human Capital Services outlined and explained the DUT Living Values which is Transparency, Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Fairness, Professionalism, Commitment, Compassion and Excellence. He encouraged the learners and students to partake on the DUT Living Values Competition that was posted on the IEIP social media platforms as there were great prizes to be won.

Handing over the Awards to the winners was IEIP Project Manager: Dr Mfanozelwe Shozi, DUT Sport Officer: Mr Michael Mbatha and Rise and Shine Principal: Mr Siboniso Vilakazi. The prizes included trophies, medals, full netball and soccer kits, IEIP and DUT living values branded T-shirts, key holders, caps and many more.

Pictured: Attendee representatives with their trophies, medals, full netball and soccer kits, IEIP and DUT living values branded T-shirts, key holders and caps, at the event.

Zanele Mashaba


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