“When we started off with teams at Nkandla, we had no idea it would become so big,” said Xulu.
“The Jacob Zuma Open Chess Tournament is now recognised by the World Chess Federation and this year, the open section had players from as far afield as Zambia. This event is becoming stronger and chess is growing.”
The participants came from all over KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Present amongst the attendees were international master Watu Kobese and SA champion Kgaogelo Mosetle. Over 300 chess participants took part in the tournament.
Zuma who is a patron of Tsogo Sun Moves for Life (TSMFL) and advocates the importance of chess in education, a game he learned to play while he was a prisoner on Robben Island.
President Zuma said in his speech that chess teaches people discipline and independence. The game has the potential to increase one’s ability to resolve challenges and called on communities to take up the game of chess as a hobby and extra-mural activity.
Twenty schools, using the of Tsogo Sun Moves for Life (TSMFL) program, in the Ilembe District have now added the game as an extra-mural activity
The following TSMFL tutors participated in this tournament;
Malusi Lekalakala, Blessing Zambuko, Johnny Khoza, Leon Sithole, Lackson Malatji, Linda Makhubela, Nicholas Monnamere, Makhosonke Dhlalisa, and McDonald Mabuya .
In the Open Section Tsogo Sun Moves for Life (TSMFL) tutors Leon Sithole and Musatwe Simutowe both Kandla won their games – our own champions!
- 1st position Musatwe,
- 3rd Leon Sithole
- followed by 4points Malusi, Linda, Makhosonke, Blessing, McDonald, Malatji and John
- Tsogo Sun Moves for Life (TSMFL) Nkandla kids won the Junior Section team event and Makhosonke won the best Coach.
Here we have Leon Makhubela with President Jacob Zuma.
Well done are so PROUD of all of you.