Getting traditional health practitioners to play TUPS is the latest campaign of Thavhanacle Ultra-physio Sport, a new sporting code invented by Mr Puleng Mmotla of Marulaneng village in Sekhukhune. Mmotla joined forces with the celebrity traditional health practitioner T.Dr Makua who has a huge following and a successful traditional health practice academy in the village of Kgaphamadi in Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality. T.Dr Makua works in partnership with T.Dr Kwelekwel Mmanaso of Moganyaka who is revered for his organizing skills.
According to Mmotla, THPs Play TUPS is a campaign of TUPS Sport Federation to get Traditional Health Practitioners to take interest and participate in organising grassroots sport development and physical activities.
The campaign manifested on Sunday 07 May 2017 in Mabintane village where T.Dr Makua and T.Dr Kwelekwele Manaswe held a joint delivery of an apprentice traditional healer ‘go gorošwa ga lethasana’.
Mmotla said TUPS Sport will open its doors to work with everyone in the traditional health practice sector including the African National Healers Association (ANHA) led by T.Dr Mahlaba and the Southern African Unified Traditional Health Practitioners (SAUTHPA) led by Dr Sylvestor Hlathi also known as ‘Hlathikhulu’.
“The development and empowerment of traditional healers play a meaningful role in health care service delivery in South Africa, and it is of national strategic importance. This forms one of the strategic objectives and founding ethos of Thavhanacle Ultra-physio Sport Federation (TUPS Sport) which include advancement of indigenous knowledge, personal upliftment and home-grown solutions for physical activity in a bid against poor lifestyle and regress in the nation’s state of health” said Mmotla
He added that TUPS Sport, as an indigenous invention has established strong relationships with traditional healers and is in the process of signing of a memorandum of understanding with traditional healers under the Southern African Unified Traditional Health Practitioners Association, African National Healers Association and individual traditional health practitioners.
Mmotla hinted that the current phase of the campaign will focus on encouraging traditional health practitioners to form TUPS clubs, by inviting the TUPS Sport Club Development team to their practices in their respective community. Once the clubs are formed, they will be legible to compete for FUN, FITNESS and FRIENDSHIP during the International Traditional Health Practitioners Sport Festival on 31 August 2017 at the University of Venda in Thohoyandou.
Mmotla concluded that the inaugural International Traditional Health Practitioners Sport Festival will be the beginning of many similar festivals that will popularize TUPS Sport and integrate into the wellness of the society through forming part of the physical exercise regime among traditional health practitioners.