Durban is to host the South African Junior Chess Championships for the first time in 11 years of the tournament’s history. Speaking at the media launch held earlier this week at host venue the ICC, Convenor Logan Reddy highlighted many milestone achievements for Durban. “This is the largest indoor sport event that has ever been held in Durban. All 2100 players will be playing at the same time. With support from the eThekwini Municipality and the Department of Sports and Recreation, the SAJCC 2013 will significantly contribute to economic growth and develops children by fostering non-racialism and non-sexism”.
Speaker of the Council, Logie Naidoo with some of the chess superstars.
Representing the Municipality, Speaker of the Council, Logie Naidoo wished all players well and thanked them for their participation. Councillor Naidoo also praised the logo which he said, “captures the spirit of Durban. The King piece in the logo looks very much like the Umhlanga lighthouse.”
The event is expected to provide an economic boost of between R35 – 45 million for the City of Durban. Speaking at the event, Head of Durban Tourism Phillip Sithole said that, “we cannot sustain tourism if there is no multiculturalism.” He commended the SAJCC Local Organising Committee for presenting an event which shows dedicated investment in young people and also noted the role of event organisers in bringing events of this calibre to Durban.
The SAJCC will host players from 220 teams and 125 participating children from nine KZN rural areas.
The tournament will run from 15-21 December 2013 and the Gala Dinner is set for 14 December 2013. Minister for Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula is expected to attend.
For further information, please contact:
Adivah in Africa Event Management
074 588 98 53
(Source - SAJCC)
Events Around Durban
Catch Maxwell at the Wavehouse, Gateway 9 December.
You are invited to a book launch at St Clements, Monday 9 December 5h30pm for 6pm.
(Source - Mondays At St Clements)