The City of uMhlathuze (KZ 282) is situated on the north-east coast of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, about 180 kilometers north-east of Durban. The uMhlathuze area covers 795 km² and incorporates Richards Bay, Empangeni, eSikhaleni, Ngwelezane, eNseleni, Felixton and Vulindlela, as well as the rural areas under Traditional Councils namely, Dube, Mkhwanazi, Khoza, and Zungu (Madlebe).
In early September the City hosted the Mayoral Sports Day Media Launch, an event traditionally used to select which clusters will compete against one another at the Mayoral Sports Day. This year will be the ninth annual Mayoral Sports Day and will see teams from across the City competing in various sports codes including swimming, dance sport, athletics, basketball, netball, soccer, rugby, karate, table tennis and volleyball, among others.
Municipal Manager, Dr Nhlanhla Sibeko thanked the various sports federations for the time and effort that they commit to developing sporting talent among the City’s youth. He said the City was aware of the need to promote sport to provide the youth with entertainment and that he was looking forward to the City hosting beach soccer and beach volleyball later in the year.
Mr A Mdluli of the uMhlathuze Football Association spoke on behalf of all federations present and thanked the City’s Sports and Recreation Section for providing sports facilities where the youth can play and develop their skills.
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The City of uMhlathuze comprises the economic powerhouse of Richards Bay and Empangeni, and its supporting areas of Esikhawini, Ngwelezane, Nseleni, Felixton, Vulindlela, and rural areas.