The Zone VI Games swing into action in Swaziland on Saturday December 11 with a flag-raising ceremony as well as the opening ceremony.
The youth tournament (Under-20) sees the 10 southern African countries doing battle for a week, writes Mark Etheridge.
Originally around 1700 athletes were expected in Swaziland but withdrawals and reduced teams have seen the final entries pegged at just above the 1000 mark.
South Africa, who boast a large contingent of more than 200 athletes and officials, will be seeking to defend the title they won on home soil two years ago in Potchefstroom.
The final competition schedule is still being fine-tuned but at this stage codes involving South Africans on Sunday are boxing, football, swimming and netball.
Swimming, with 39 competitors is the biggest contingent of the squad, and is also expected to account for the majority of medals.
Meanwhile, upgrading of conditions at Team SA’s headquarters continued at the University of Swaziland, with more consignments of pillows for the athletes as well as general improving of living conditions.