COVID-19 Update To All CGA Members

As announced by the government that as from the 1 May 2020, we will be entering Level 4 lockdown. Regulation 16(f) in the government gazette allows athletes to jog/run in the mornings from 06h00 – 09h00 and only within a radius of 5km of your home. Athletes are allowed to jog alone and not in groups with a face mask as specified by the government.

Please note that the CGA office will remain closed during the National Lockdown Alert Level 4. We will update you when the office will be open accordingly and hopefully during lower levels once announced by the government.

For any urgent communication, clubs, please use the below details:

Please note that there will be no athletics events organised in the province until the lifting of restrictions regarding gatherings and events by the government.

Let’s support the efforts to beat COVID-19 by staying positive, keeping fit, social distancing, and where possible, help those less fortunate than yourself.

Please share the information with the respective athletes and coaches in your club.

Keep safe and stay at home to fight the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

Kind regards, 

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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Athletes Roared Around Track and Field at the CGA Seniors and Juniors Championships

Central Gauteng Athletics proudly hosted a very successful Provincial Track & Field Championships last weekend 14 March 2020 at University of Johannesburg Auckland Park Stadium. These championships come after hosting 4 league meetings which attracted over 5,000 athletes this season.

The day started well for Zelda Schults (27) of Murray and Roberts Athletics Club with her 3rd consecutive victory in the Race Walk event. Zelda, who just recently qualified for the postponed Race Walk World Championships which was due in France in May 2020. She dominated the 5km Senior Women Category and clocked the time of 25:20.09.

In the 3,000 metre Junior boys category, a Mohlakeng born athlete Andries Sesedi who has been selected to represent South Africa at CAA Cross Country Championships in Kenya took gold medal clocking 08:51.01. During his post-event interview, Andries said: “It was very important to partake at the CGA Track and Field Championships, as he is preparing to reach a qualifying standard of 14:10secondsin 5000m event for the National Youth and Junior Championships and possibly qualify for the World Championships”.

Zonica Lindeque of UJ Athletics Club confirmed her position for discussing and shotput selection to Paarlwith an incredible performance of 42.46 and 16.29 respectively.

Another stunning performance was long jump senior men, which saw spectators burst of applause when the rising champions (Johnson Cheswill, Aaron Pedro and Manuel Divan) eager to take on the Olympic Game Silver Medalist Khotso Mokoena. UJ Athlete Johnson Cheswill stunned the thunderous roar of over 5,000 spectators in attendance when he triumphs over his training partners by landing the distance of 8.14 metres. Cheswill secured the second position in Senior Men 100 metre 10.31, he is confident to receive CGA colours to the national championships.

Junior Athlete Mongwe Nikiwe of Brakpan Athletics Club, broke into a sprint to finish front over a short distance of200m 25.07, and 100m 25.07. Mongwe who’s grace with the presence of amazon women she claimed her 5th consecutive win all the way through CGA Champs with the constant performance to earn CGA colours.

Phalula twins Lebo and Lebogang landed on Friday 13 March 2020 from a training camp which was cut short due to coronavirus in Ethiopia. Both twins competed in the senior’s women 5,000-metre event with Lebo Phalula winning the race in 17:05.15 and Lebogang settling for second position. This race in the absence of the Phalula twins was dominated by Cornelia Jourbert throughout the season to take the 5th position on the day.

The junior category of the 5,000 metres was won by Gene Coetzee who was neck and neck with the Phalulas twins for the better parts of the race. Gene Coetzee earned gold clocking the time of 17:17.09.

The last event of the day was Senior Men 800 metre which saw a rocket start of 29 athletes eager to tackle the qualifying standard of 01:54.0. Elvis Mokhonoana who appeared in new colours of UJ Athletics Club took charge in the last 50m towards the finish line, when he accelerated from Ryan Mphahlele who also won the 1,500-metre race to finish first in the time of 1:48.74.

Due to unfolding developments regarding coronavirus, the National Championships scheduled will be affected and changes will be communicated accordingly.

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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CGA Release on Coronavirus March 2020

Dear Chairperson/Secretary

Following the declaration by President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E President Cyril Ramaphosa, declaring Coronavirus a National Disaster as per National Disaster Management Act and the reaction by Athletics South Africa today through a media statement.

As Athletics family, we are greatly affected by this declaration particularly the prohibition of the gathering of more than 100 people. This will affect all local road races and training runs with a total of more than 100. In line with Athletics South Africa pronouncement that all athletics events within the next 30 days be postponed with an immediate effect.

Further guidance will be provided on an ongoing basis and as soon our National Federation (ASA) and National Government update us accordingly on the way forward.

Central Gauteng Athletics primary concern is the health and well-being of all runners and volunteers, race organisers, and race staff within CGA. We, therefore, request that all members adhere to this declaration and work together in unity to contain this pandemic in our country.

Thank you in advance for your understanding during this challenging time.

Yours Sincerely,

Mandla Radebe
General Manager
Central Gauteng Athletics

CGA Hosts Last League Meeting at UJ Soweto Campus Athletics Stadium

Central Gauteng Athletics gets closer to the end of 2020 Track and Field season at UJ Athletics Stadium, Soweto Campus with over 1,300 athletes on Saturday 22 February 2020.

Starting off the day with long-awaited steeplechase events with a distance of 1500m – 3000m Steeplechase (U15, 17, 19, Senior Men and Women) as it was the first steeplechase competition this season. The athletes did not disappoint as Pretorius Emile of Germiston Harries Callies opened with a great performance in 1500m to secure his win in the time of 05:00. In the 2000m Steeple Chase, OfentseBokanaof Murray and Roberts clocked 06:35.9, while his fellow club and training partner TshepoNtutwanaclaimed victory in the 3000m steeplechase to finish in an impressive time of 9:04.4.

“It was great to have steeplechase events for the first time in the season, athletes and coaches really showed appreciation on the effort of the commission”, comments by CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks during the post-event interview. MzwakheMavudla of UJ took the victory this time around with TebatsoMashimby of Boksburg settling for the second place in the 3000m Senior Men Walk. The two prominent provincial walkers’ battle has been very interesting with Mavundla claiming two victories and Mashimby only taking one win this season.

The battle of training partners continued in the High Jump senior women event between Marlize Higgins, Julia Du Plessis and Mariette Botha of UJ. The ladies displayed exceptional competitiveness with a close win of Marlize in the height of 1.70 followed by Julie and Mariette in the heights of 1.55 and 1. 60 respectively.

In an overcast afternoon and during the race a sudden rain sums up the action of the day in the 10,000m Senior Men and Women event, which was started by a total of 42 athletes chasing the victory. Prince Jaliof Take it Easy prevailed after he maintained his pace throughout the race with the leading group and only broke out in the 15th lap to finish in the time of 31:10.43, followed by Tshepiso Khati with a time of 31:34.2, and Kwanda Longoza with a time of 31:35.7 secured the top three positions. Entsika Athletics club dominated and claimed victory of the top 2 positions in the 10,000m women category by Sosibo Cacisileand Mjoli Nwabisa in the time of 38:43.38 and 38:44.14 respectively.

We would like to thank the University of Johannesburg and the Athletics Manager, Roger Haitengi and ground staff for opening their doors to CGA most importantly getting the facility ready to host athletics meeting this season, said CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks.

The Provincial Championships will be on Saturday 14 March 2020 which will be a joint champ for Youth, Junior and Senior categories.

Results can be obtained here under downloads section and or via the link at https://tinyurl.com/CGA-T-F-Results

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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CGA Team Managers Workshop

Central Gauteng Athletics brings you to light that on Saturday 29 February 2020, will be staging the annual CGA Team Managers Workshop.

The purpose of the workshop is to equip CGA affiliated officials and coaches on the roles and responsibilities of being a team manager for the province so that teams are professionally and effectively managed. The workshop is solely opened to Commission Members, affiliated CGA Technical Officials and CGA Affiliated Coaches. The workshop is compulsory as only managers and coaches who attended the workshop will be eligible to be selected as 2020 Team Managers for provincial teams.

The Workshop will take place at Sports House, Johannesburg Stadium, at 10h00 in the morning.

Regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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Athletes Show True Colours at the 3rd CGA Track & Field League

All passionate athletes pull on their running gear to compete at the league despite heavy rain, at UJ Soweto Campus on Saturday 8th February 2020.

The event following CGA Track and Field program 1, which started with a 5km race walk that saw Zelda Schults of Murray and Roberts Athletics Club showing off her talent in the second last lap leading Nthatisi Mokhele of Run Walk for Life by 250m to win in the 25:56.04. At the post-event interview, Zelda said it was very important to win this race as she was preparing for Grand Prix in Cape Town next week Saturday to qualify for the Race Walking World Cup which will be held in 2nd and 3rd of May in France 2020.

Unfortunately, due to the rain, the CGA Track and Field commission together with the Technical Officials Committee had to call off certain events, Hurdles, Long Jump, and Triple Jump. The cancellation was as a result of slippery surface which may harm or injure the athletes.

As the day progressed the weather opened to a beautiful sunny welcome of the 800m event which had 21 athletes starting the race amongst them was Elvis Mokhoknoana, Ryan Mphahlele, Brandon Lentswe, and Nkosinathi Sibiya. As runners approaching finishing line in 300m, Elvis Mokhonoana accelerated to get ahead of his training partners, Ryan Mphahlele and Ntuthuko Ndimande to win his event in the time of 1:49.04. Mokhonoana’s coach Elvis Khoza said Elvis started his preparation for 2020 season during last December period and the results are starting to show.

The battle of throws continued in the Javelin event with exciting moments in the youth category with Nel Keegan and Fabio De Klerk contending a victory in a 1m to 2m deference till the fourth round. Nel Keegan’s superior throw which reached an outstanding distance of 53.70m to raise Monument’s flag higher winning the Under 15 boys event. In an interview, Nel said that he aims to beat his last week result of 55m.

The second last event of the day, saw smoke come into view when our Provincial starter Frikkie Pretorius started the 1500m senior women event. UJ and Murray and Roberts athletes dominated the race as it was really hard to tell who is going to win the race. In the last lap Dixton Chante of Murray and Roberts Athletics Club picked up her pace from the UJ Athletes to tighten the competition to finish the race in style with a brilliant time of 04:57.50 from her training partner Maria Mosweu finishing 2nd in the time of 05:00.09, and the 3rd finisher was Casey Bosman securing Murray and Roberts Athletics Club into top three by 05:06.40.

Runners with different levels of experience competed in the 5000m race, which was named by the spectators as “One of the Toughest race of the day”. There was a total of 46 athletes lining up at the start of the men’s race. One could see that all these athletes were eager to win the race but Marko Buccariza of Born to Run proofed to be more eager to cling the win in a brilliant pace and in the time of 14:39.09.

The women 5000m event was dominated by Joubert Cornelia of Boxer Athletics Club claim her third victory consecutively in Senior Women category in a time of 17:44.09. The 2nd place was claimed by the Vosloorus born, Farida Zwane in new colours of Rockies Athletics Club clocking 17:51.05.

Maggie Dicks, Chairperson of CGA Track and Field thanked all the athletes and coaches who took time in the weather conditions to come and support the leagues. She also indicated that there is only one league on 22nd of February before the Provincial Championships and then the National Championships. It is important that the athletes and coaches take note of the selection criteria which requires an athlete to participate in at least 50% of the leagues and Provincial Championships serving as the final trials.

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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