SAPS and Mondi take chess to higher level

Wentworth SAPS partnered with Mondi, enabling pupils to learn the game of chess.

Wentworth SAPS formed a partnership with Mondi and launched a chess programme at the Mondi Sports Complex, recently.  Twelve primary schools in the Merewent community received chess sets, which will enable pupils to play chess at their schools.

The launch was attended by representatives from Mondi, SAPS, school principals, chess co-ordinators, KZN Department of Sports and Recreation and local NGO’s.

Wentworth SAPS Social Crime Prevention Officer, W/O Ballan Reddi said the objective of the programme is to get youngsters involved in a positive activity, instead of substance abuse and other social ills. “Chess allows you to think smarter which eventually makes other areas of school work easier. The programme has exceeded our expectation since the inception and credit must go to the teachers that co-ordinatechess games,” added Reddi.

Mondi’s contribution will also support the 2016 annual tournaments which will bring the top chess players from each school together with prizes being awarded to top pupils.

Mondi Merebank operations manager, Wayne Simon said,“We are pleased to be involved with such a positive initiative, which offers youth in our community a constructive alternative. Playing chess not only develops thinking and problem solving, international research also shows it can contribute to improving academic results. We encourage young people to grab this opportunity. We also want to commend Wentworth SAPS for their leadership, the Department of Sports and Recreation and schools for their support and commitment to the programme. Well done and we wish you much success.”

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