Mayor Solly Msimanga participates in a tug-of-war during City of Tshwane Sports Day. Picture: Rapula Moatshe

There was much fun on Friday at Lucas “Master Pieces” Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, where the City of Tshwane councillors hosted an annual sports and wellness day event to usher in Spring.

The event featured diferent sporting codes such as football, netball, athletics and tug-of-war.

Mayor Solly Msimanga graced the event with his presence and took part in a tug-of-war, which pitted councillors against senior municipal officials.

After an epic round of pulling and pushing, a team of councillors led by Msimanga was defeated.

Both teams went on to play football against each other and also particpated in the athletics.  

Earlier on SuperSport football legends won a match against members of the media by 10 goals to nil.

Mayor Solly Msimanga participates in a tug-of-war during City of Tshwane Sports Day. Video: Rapula Moatshe

The purpose of the event was to encourage communities to keep fit and active at all times.

Participants also used an opportunity to undergo a full health check-up in the spirit of wellness.

Msimanga said the occasion was important in terms of promoting social cohesion among communities.

“The city also invited members of the community to participate, especially looking into the scourge of drugs in our townships. 

"There are people doing blood tests to check if people’s health is in good condition,” he said.

He said it was important for councillors and officials to encourage people to be active in sport to ensure a healthy living.

“This is something that we need to encourage more of our people to do. It is sad that many people discover that they have certain diseases way too late,” Msimanga said.