Jacob Zuma Chess Tournament

13 year chess Grandmaster Nokwanda Gcaba outwitted President Jacob Zuma at the President’s annual Chess Tournament which was held in Mandeni.


Chess Tournament Lights Up Mandeni Municipality

Young children from all over South Africa joined the country’s President Jacob Zuma at the annual Jacob Zuma Chess Tournament, held at Sibusisiwe Hall at the Mandeni Municipality on Tuesday 20 December 2016.

In its 8th year the chess tournament has helped to familiarise children within the Black community and disadvantaged homes with the beauty of the sport. When President Zuma established the tournament in 2009 his aim was to aims to encourage good development of the mind as it encourages critical and tactical thinking and problem solving skills, which could be easily implemented in their education to excel in their studies and become better adults.

Mandeni Municipality Mayor Cllr Sphesihle Zulu commended President Zuma for creating the tournament which helps lure away the youth from social ill activities such as drugs and alcohol. “It is commendable that the JGZ Foundation has extended the program and brought it to new predominantly rural areas, Mandeni being the second beneficiary in terms of hosting the event,” said Mayor Zulu.

Mayor Zulu continued that the Mandeni Municipality wants to create a new good story to tell for the youth of the municipality. “We want to create a new story, which is based on positive lifestyle where our young people meet to enhance skills and develop themselves in extra curricula activities. Recently we held a multisport tournament named the Mayoral Cup Tournament while also harnessing our Sports Code Development Program that is ongoing,” said the Mayor.

Thirteen year old grandmaster Nokwanda Gcaba was the top winner of the day and even outsmarted President Zuma on the chess board.

Hon Bongi Sithole-Moloi, and Mandeni Mayor Cllr Sphesihle Basil Zulu congratulating the Mandeni chess champions.


A young chess player from the community of Mandeni shaking hands with the President Jacob Zuma after delivering her speech on her love of chess while Mandeni Mayor Cllr Sphesihle Zulu looks on.