Ndzundza Mabhoko Traditional Authority is one of the only two nationally recognised Kingdoms in Mpumalanga Province, majority of its communities are spread between Elias Motsoaledi in Limpopo Province, Dr J.S Moroka and Tembisile Hani Local Municipalities of Mpumalanga and some of its communities are spread across Mpumalanga and Gauteng Provinces. This mighty Kingdom is in the lineage of Ingwenyama Nyabela who played the era-defining role when he chose war against the Boer Transvaal Repuliek to protect his exiled friend Kgoshi Mampuru II in 1882 after his escape from Bopedi following the assassination of Kgoshi Sekhukhune I in August that year. It was in 1883 after so much fighting and loss of lives, and the hungering of Inwenyama Nyaela’s subjects that both Ingwenyama Nyabela and Kgoshi Mampuru II ended the 1883 Mapoch’s Valley War, they were arrested and taken to Pretoria for execution.
In honour of this significant event Ndzundza Mabhoko Traditional Authority rallies the Ndebele nation to eRholweni commonly known as Mapochs cave to memorialise the struggles and sacrifices made by Amandzundza in the cause for justice and celebrate all elements of their heritage. This annual event is held over two days – 18th and 19th December, 19th December is the main celebration day while the 18th is a day of arrival by the Ndebele nation and well-wishers from different parts of the country.
Realising the amount of loitering by young people attending the event TUPS sporting code approached Ndzundza Mabhoko Traditional Authority with an initiative to hold an all-night play tournament where young people representing different traditional leadership houses under Ndzundza Mabhoko will be playing the new indigenous sporting code.
The proposal was fully endorsed by the council of Ndzundza Mabhoko Traditional Authority and the Kingdom on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at Ekosini Greatplace of the Ndzundza Mahoko Traditional Authority near Siyabuswa.
According TUPS inventor Mr Puleng Mmotla the agreement between TUPS and the Ndebele Kingdom is that there are eight teams each representing the traditional councils and communities to be activated and thoroughly introduced to the new sporting code.
“TUPS Royal Cup programme has been successfully implemented in Limpopo Province and TUPS sport has been awarded the Recreational Body of the Year at the Limpopo Sports Awards for successfully integrating traditional leadership and community building through an indigenous sporting code. We will strive to find sponsorship to transport the 8 teams from communities of Ndundza Mabhoko to play in honour and representation of their royalty. We are doing this as part of our effort to unify communities with traditional leadership and promote African heritage through our sporting code. We have seen results in similar activations and we wish every kingdom in Africa could adopt TUPS as the sporting code of choice to build winning communities” Mmotla said