You do not have to spend much time in Masiphumelele to realise how popular a game of soccer is among the locals. Long-time UK-based Masicorp supporter Rachel Bohannon was well aware of this when she recently visited Cape Town for a conference. Before heading back home she called into Masiphumelele to drop off a donation of fair trade footballs. Sue Alexander at the library introduced her to the Fish Hoek Pirates, who run teams from youth to adult level (including ladies) with players drawn from across Masiphumelele.
Rachel and Sue are seen here delivering the footballs to the Pirates committee members on a training night at Sun Valley School. They handed over a range of different sized footballs – from youth to adult.
Importantly, all of the footballs are fair trade certified. The mass manufacture of sporting equipment has unfortunately been associated with very low wages, unfair working conditions and child labour. These footballs were all made for fair wages in Pakistan under the international Fair Trade scheme. Read more about the story of fair trade footballs HERE.
Can you help?
Rachel has many more footballs back in the UK just waiting to be delivered to needy sports clubs in Masiphumelele. Please get in touch if you visiting from the UK and have space to bring over a few footballs. They are all deflated and safely packaged to minimise the space required (see picture below).
Everyone at Masicorp would like to thank the UK Consul General in Cape Town, Chris Trott, for making the British High Commission available to us last week.
It was an evening where volunteers from across the diverse range of programmes and our beneficiaries in Masiphumelele were able to come together and showcase our work to a large group of invited guests. Many thanks go to Chris himself for getting the evening underway before we gave a screening of Ulibali – the story of several Masicorp beneficiaries. If you have not yet seen the short video it can be viewed HERE.
The young man presenting the video, Loyiso Tunce, was present in the audience. We also recently presented his story in an earlier posting, as he became the first Masicorp bursary student to complete a masters course. He recently returned to Cape Town from studying at Wits University and was pleased to inform everyone that he has now begun working in his field of town planning for the City of Cape Town in the premier Helen Zille’s office.
Also speaking on the night were successful bursary graduates Babalwa Mtshawuli (now working as a nurse) and Mihlali Mlaza (now studying for a postgraduate qualification – and hoping to progress to a doctorate in biotechnology). They were followed by Michael Tyhali, the principal of Ukhanyo School, who has been a long-time partner of Masicorp and facilitates our work with the primary school children. Ndileka Biyo (also seen in the Ulibali video) did not wish to speak, but the Masi entrepreneur brought along a collection of colourful outfits from her new Baby Shweshwe range. The clothes were on display all evening alongside the Ukhanyo uniforms and track suits that are also provided by Masicorp projects.
We are very grateful to everyone that took the time to speak, but also to all those volunteers that took time out to come and speak to the guests about their programmes. The evening was a huge success and has helped spread the word about the work of Masicorp and highlight some of the many successes. Some images from the evening can be seen below.