There is no doubt that the Musina Municipality Tennis team is counted amongst the best in the Southern African municipality teams. The hard working team proved their worth when they scooped the championship of the week long Southern Africa Inter-Municipal Sports Association (SAIMSA) tournament that took place in Manzini, Swaziland. The Musina team was competing with fellow municipal workers from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia and Swaziland.

Collen Netshivhulana, who captains the Musina Tennis team, said they are happy with their performance after bringing gold medals and a special trophy home. “We were competing amongst the best in Africa and we are excited that we have shown them that there is potential in Musina. We will definitely work very hard to defend this title in the next editions of the tournament.”

Netshivhulana said the team is overwhelmed by the support from the municipal management and political leadership. “The employer has been supporting us for years and that is why we are able to compete with other teams in good spirit. This makes us very proud and it energize us because we know that we have the support from our principals. We encourage other employees to take sports very seriously because it helps workers to be productive at work.”

Cllr Siyaphi Shirilele (left) congratulates the Musina Municipality Tennis Team after they scooped the SAIMSA championship at Manzini, Swaziland. The players are Freddy Mudau, Collen Netshivhulana, Branco Maripa, Kelikwang Chisanga, Suzan Sithole and Suzan Tlou. Seated is Keneilwe Bilankulu.

Cllr Siyaphi Shirilele who accompanied the team to the stage to collect their medals and trophy during the prize giving ceremony, said the municipality is very proud of the tennis team. “I witnessed them while they were playing and everyone was impressed with their outstanding performance. The competition was tough but it was easy for them because they were well prepared. We are very proud of them because they have put us in the African map.”

Shirilele said it is important for municipal employees to involve themselves in sports. “Besides keeping themselves fit and healthy, sports promotes friendship, problem solving skills and encourages team work. Workers who involve themselves in sports have the potential of being more productive than those who don’t. That is why we take sports very seriously here at Musina Municipality.”