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Media Release - 30 August 2004

School sports tournament ends

The Coin Africa/KNP/DBSA School Sports Tournament ended on Saturday August 28, 2004 with two Limpopo schools – Manyangana High School from Hluvukani and Peningotsa High School from Malamulele – winning the soccer and netball fixtures respectively.

A large crowd of supporters from both schools and the Skukuza community turned out to watch the matches, which were played at the Skukuza Rugby Stadium and on Skukuza Primary School’s netball fields.

In the finals of the soccer tournament, Manyangana edged out N’wanati High School from Saselamani 2 – 1 after having tipped the semi-final match, against Mabarhule High School in their favour with a 9 – 8 penalty shoot out. N’wanati also secured their place in the final with a 4 – 3 penalty shoot out against Baranuka High School.

Baranuka edged out Mabarhule 3 – 0 to take third place in the competition.

All four of the top schools received generous prizes from the sponsors, with Manyangana receiving R13 000 prize money, N’wanati receiving R5 000 prize money, Baranuka receiving R2 000 and Mabarhule receiving R700. The R400 Man of the Match prize went to Thomas Nyathi from Manyangana.

During the netball finals, Penigotsa High School from Malamulele stormed ahead of Dayimani High School from Hluvukani with a final score of 19 – 8, ensuring their R8 000 grand prize. During the semi-final matches, Dayimani emerged victorious over their Sidlamafa High School (Malelane) rivals with a score of 19 – 15 and Penigotsa proved just too good for Ntsuxeko High School (Phalaborwa) with a score of 27 – 12. Sidlamafa proved too good for Ntsunxeko in the third place match with a final score of 27 – 19.

As with the soccer tournament, the schools participating in the netball tournament received good prizes for their efforts. First place (Penigotsa) received a cheque for R8 000, second place (Dayimani) received a cheque for R4 000, third place (Sidlamafa) received a cheque for R2 000 and fourth place (Ntshuxeko) received a cheque for R700.
Netball player of the day was Sophie Hlungwane from Penigotsa and she received a R400 prize.

In his address at the opening ceremony, the KNP Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize urged all the players to do their best as playing in the Kruger National Park should inspire them to become great sports stars in the future.

“I have heard that 96% of you players have never been in this national heritage, the Kruger National Park, and you should be inspired to play even better,” he said. The sports tournament was held as part of the Kruger National Park’s commitment to be a good corporate citizen of the entire area and to involve the local community in conservation efforts

Manyangana High School (in white) during the semi-finals against Mabarhule High School. The heroes from Hluvukani eventually won the match after a 9 - 8 penalty shoot out and went on to beat N’wanati High School 2 – 1 in the final. (Note to journalists/editors: More photographs are available on request.)

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Issued by:
Raymond Travers
Media Relations Practitioner
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4116
Cell: 082 908 2677

William Mabasa
HOD: Public Relations and Communications
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363
Cell: 082 807 3919