The O.R Tambo Inter-Municipality Games were conceptualised by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Gauteng Provincial Office in 2006 in honour of the late stalwart of the African National Congress, Oliver Reginald Tambo’s contribution to the liberation of South Africa. The games coincide with Tambo’s birth month, October, and also serve as a platform to foster relations between municipal employees and their Councillors.
Unqualified support to the games was received by all 12 Municipalities within the Gauteng Province including three leading metros which are City of Tshwane, City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni. Political Support was also received through the approval of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) in the province.
Sport enthusiasts will battle it out at the 9th Annual SALGA Gauteng O.R Tambo Inter-Municipal Games in sporting codes such as action cricket, bowling, chess, golf, morabaraba, netball, pool, race walking, road running, men and ladies soccer, squash, table tennis, tennis, men and ladies volley ball and many more.
Not only do the games promote a healthy lifestyle, but also offers sponsors’ the opportunity to promote nation-building and advance social cohesion in South Africa’s economic capital, Gauteng.
OBJECTIVES OF THE O.R TAMBO INTER-MUNICIPALITY GAMES
- To raise the profile of Sport and Recreation in Gauteng as the Home of Champions.
- To encourage an active and healthy living life-style of Gauteng Citizens.
- To realize the ideals of mass participation in sport and recreation in Gauteng.
- To encourage team building across municipalities through participation in sport and recreation.
- To build and ensure sustainable relationships between Municipalities in Gauteng.
- To bridge the gap between councillors and officials at Municipal level.
- Building on the 2010 Soccer World Cup legacy
Provincial Executive Committee (PEC)
The committee has the final political decisions on the recommendations made by the Working Group. The structure is made up of politically elected leadership and the management team of SALGA-Gauteng. This is the central organ that gives political direction as well as leadership in the roll out of the project.
SALGA Gauteng Province Community Development Working Group.
While the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) oversees the provincial activities of SALGA GP, the programs of the organisation are effectively driven through working groups which act as the policy and strategic engine of the organisation. Working groups serve an important platform for communication and coordination between SALGA and municipalities to contribute to the creation of a democratic and economically viable local government. The O.R Tambo games are organised by the Community Development working group which is mainly responsible for;
- Human Development
- Local Government Safety and Security Programmes
- Local Government Health Policies
- Local Government Sports and Recreation Policies
- Library Policies
The sub-committee comprises of political representation with technical advisors specifically looking at issues of Sports, Recreation, Arts, Culture, Heritage and Libraries. The structure reports directly to the working group. The sub-committee gives strategic advice to the working group on the hosting of the games.
- Disaster Management and Mainstreaming (Gender, Youth, Elderly)
Local Organising Committee (LOC)
The LOC comprises of representatives from both SALGA and member municipalities. The responsibilities of the LOC include;
- Operational planning
- Finance and Sponsorships
- Sporting Codes
- Inspection of sports facilities
- Marketing of the games
- Event management