Sports Facilities

All of the phases of the regional sports stadium situated within the town of Ulundi was constructed from funding provided by the Zululand District Municipality (a total of R 30 million) – it has two sports fields and is used as a home ground by Amazulu, a football team that participates in the Professional Soccer League in South Africa. A number of other sport and recreational facilities such as swimming pools and tennis courts have been constructed for use by the community from external funding provided. In this regard it is noted that MIG funding was alocated for the construction of the Nqulwane Sports Field during the 2012 / 2013 financial year. The Sports Field has been completed and handed over to the Communities. The funded amount of R 4 745 287 includes the construction of the sports field, together with the erection of as concrete fence around the field and the provision of ablution blocks and change rooms. MIG funding in the amount of R 3 573 900 has also been approved for the construction of the Babanango Sports Field while an amount of R 4 001 278 has been approved by MIG for the construction of the Mahlabathini Sports Field

Sport and Recreation
The Municipality is actively engaged in the promotion of sport and cultural activities within its service area.

Mayoral Cup
The initial phase of the Mayoral Cup consists of an elimination competition held at ward level to minimise cost related to travel. The Mayoral Cup covers 12 different sporting codes including inter alia soccer, rugby, cricket, boxing and athletics. Each ward then sends representative teams to compete at a municipal level with the top competitors being provided the opportunity to compete at a district level for inclusion in the team representing the Zululand District at the Kwanaloga Games. Part of the mandate assumed by the Sports Officer employed by the Ulundi Municipality is the identification of sporting talent within the Municipality and ensuring that such talent is nurtured through coaching and similar interventions.

Indigenous Games
The Municipality arranges a recreational event on an annual basis to select a squad to represent the Municipality at the indigenous games which take place in July each year at a district level. Should participants excel they are then selected to represent the District at the Provincial indigenous games event.

Umbele Wethu Cultural Festival
This cultural festival is arranged annually by the Municipality – traditional and religious groups compete and those that excel have the opportunity to participate in other cultural and youth festivals as representatives of the Ulundi Municipality
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