HARRY GWALA SUMMER CUP CONTINUES TO SHOW GROWTH
By: Nhlanhla Mthembu
The Ingwe Municipal, Harry Gwala District Municipal and Department of Sport and Recreation once again held the Annual Harry Gwala Summer Cup Horse Riding on Saturday, at Edazini in Underberg.
The Harry Gwala Summer Cup was previously known as the Sisonke Summer Cup, a tournament that has always taken place before the start of the festive season.
The summer cup horse racing is similar to the popular Dundee July traditional horse-racing event, though small in scale.
Mayor of Ingwe Municipality, Nomagugu Luzulane, said that the event has continued to show growth over the years.
“This race is growing every year, in terms of number of people who attend every year, this year we hosted at least 5000 people including spectators, partners and participants,” said Luzulane.
Over the years men and boys have pursued the race. However recently, young women have shown an initiative both locally and across the province.
Zama Shabalala (16) from Mkhanyakude said, “I feel honored to be part of this tournament. Although my horse did not win but will still encourage women to take initiative in these kinds of events.”
MEC for Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, said that uniqueness of this tournament is through young people who are occupying their time in such sport.
“If you have young people in these numbers participating in such sport code and occupying their time, you’re actually preventing them from drug abuse and other substances,” said Sibhidla-Saphetha.
This year 180 horses were registered and at least 280 jockeys participated.