Gugs, Manenberg youth have own sports hub

2016-05-19 06:00
 The new facility to benefit youths from Gugulethu and Manenberg was launched on Tuesday afternoon.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

The new facility to benefit youths from Gugulethu and Manenberg was launched on Tuesday afternoon. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Young people from Gugulethu and Manenberg are the beneficiaries of a newly launched high-tech recreational centre.

On Tuesday afternoon at the Gugulethu Comprehensive High School, the facility was launched as the Oliver Khan Safety Hub.

It is funded by German soccer legend Oliver Khan, through his foundation and was the brainchild of the Amandla EduFootball.

This hub is the second in the province with the first one in Site B, Khayelitsha.

Florian Zech, managing manager at Amandla, said at the launch that the hub aims to tackle social ills such as poverty, gang related crimes and illiteracy in the two communities.

“The facilities will have a soccer pitch, an internet cafe and a learning hub.
In that way, we will offer an all round programme to young people who will not just play soccer but will have access to information technology, entrepreneur support and life skills programmes as well,” said Zech.

The safe hub is also funded by various government departments and private donors and will provide permanent jobs for about 25 people.

Premier Helen Zille said the hub would play a major role in skills development, academic growth and crime-prevention in the area.

“In Khayelitsha where this initiative started, we have received wonderful statistics of how crime has decreased in the 600 metre radius of the centre.

By engaging the youth in sporting activities, academic support and life skills, they have changed the neighbourhood for the better,” she said.

Zille said that one of the positives that come with the hub is that it will service the youth of the two neighbourhoods.

“After Schools programmes are a Game Changer for our government. Our aim is to have 112 000 learners from no fee schools accessing quality after schools programmes, in safe spaces, by 2019,” Zille said.

The centre will include a training academy, where the provincial government’s Mass participation; Opportunity & Access; Development & Growth (MOD) centre will be based, and a Youth Café, provided by the Western Cape Department of Social Development. Learners will have full access to computers, the internet, various Western Cape Government portals with useful resources, and other career support.

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