Oudtshoorn, 17 April 2019 – Oudtshoorn will host the kickboxing national championships from 26 to 28 April 2019.
The national event which is organised by the South African Kick-Boxing Association (SAKA) in partnership with the Oudtshoorn Municipality and the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport is set to attract approximately 1500 to 2000 kickboxing athletes and their supporting families from all over the country to Oudtshoorn.
“This is not only a momentous event for the Greater Oudtshoorn, but also continued affirmation of the town as the sport Mecca of the Southern Cape,” said the Executive Mayor, Councillor Colan Sylvester.
“The good news for our economy is that, this event offers concrete marketing and revenue generation opportunities for the town specifically in the tourism, hospitality and financial businesses for the weekend,” Sylvester added.
The Oudtshoorn Municipality has contributed an amount of R 20 000 towards the tournament plus additional contribution that includes venue sponsoring, mobile ablution facilities, emergency support and municipal communication & media support.
Main stakeholder, DCAS, supports the SAKA national championships by supplying trophies and funding for this event. The department’s vision is to “unite people through sport and culture to ensure a creative and active Western Cape”.
The national tournament will be preceded by a Mayoral Gala event on Friday, 26 April 2019 that will officially launch the national championships and also acknowledging the contributors to the tournament. The MEC for the DCAS, Minister Anroux Marais, Mayor Sylvester and the National president of SAKA are among the top dignitaries that are expected to attend the event.
A local member of the Western Cape Kick-Boxing Association, Ranger Grebe, who is also a member of the local organising committee that has been organising the event expressed his delight to be hosting the tournament. “Our mission is to objectively promote and practice kickboxing in all its modes and styles and we are happy and blessed to bring national kickboxers in our town.”
The local organising committee that comprises the Provincial committee members of SAKA, officials from the DCAS, Oudtshoorn Municipality and emergency agencies met on Tuesday this week to finalise arrangements for the national championships.
The tournament will take place at the De Jager Sport Complex and entry to the tournament is free of charge. Security will be intensified ensure safety of all attendees. Weigh-in is on Friday, 26 April and at 12:00 – 15:00.
The tournament is over two days, Saturday, 27 April and Sunday, 28 April. The juniors compete on Saturday and the tatami while the seniors are fighting in the boxing ring full contact. On Sunday, the seniors will be competing the tatami and the juniors in the boxing ring.
CAPTION: (FLTR): Front row: Wilton Kawa (Oudtshoorn Municipality – Manager: Halls & Building), Anne van der Merwe (SAKA LOC), Chantel Norris (SAKA LOC), Ranger Grebe (SAKA LOC), Irene Malgas (Oudtshoorn Municipality – Disaster Management), Brian Lukas (Oudtshoorn Municipality – Sport Development) and Louis Booysen (Oudtshoorn Municipality – Manager: Special Programmes)
Back row: JJ Bezuidenhoudt (SAKA LOC), Dave van der Walt (DCAS), Sean Norris (Intrust Management and Risk Mitigators), Ian Laubscher (Oudtshoorn Municipality – Sport Development), Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe (Oudtshoorn Municipality – Communication & Media) and Mornay Thysse (Oudtshoorn Municipality – Disaster Management).