Activities galore for Tambo youth

2015-12-17 06:00
 MOD Project’s Moeketsi with Tambo Madrid and Kwaitos Captains Sinethemba Buya and Anda Vooi as well as Khanyisa’s Xolile Makutoana.  PHOTOs: Mandla Mahashe

MOD Project’s Moeketsi with Tambo Madrid and Kwaitos Captains Sinethemba Buya and Anda Vooi as well as Khanyisa’s Xolile Makutoana. PHOTOs: Mandla Mahashe

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To curb youth idleness during the holidays, the youth in Tambo Village has found just the right antidote for the lethargy.

Khanyisa Community Church Youth, Izandla Zethemba Organisation and the Department of Community of Safety have partnered to host a holiday programme.

Last Friday the week-long sports project culminated with matches at the Phoenix Primary School s grounds.

Xolile Makutoana said the program was initiated to keep the youth off the streets.

‘In South Africa, gangsterism has increased enormously over the last ten to fifteen years.

More and more young people use the image of crime, drugs and violence as a way to gain respect, impress peers and to establish their identity.

The growth of gangsterism can be attributed to a few factors,’ he said.

He said that lack of role models in the townships was one of the biggest contributers to youngsters making poor decisions.

‘Young people had to find new forms of recreation as well as rebuild some sense of ownership and identity for themselves.

This has helped us to see some of the reasons why young people (often desperate for attention, identity and respect) join gangs in the first place.

The fact is: they are often bored and looking for action and adventure,’ explained Makutoana.

He said that in their analysis, they noted that the main concerns in the area were gang violence, drug abuse, and casual crime (robbery) thus they initiated such a program.

‘This program focuses on young people aged 12 to 18 years from all disadvantaged townships such as Gugulethu, Mannenberg, KTC, and Tambo Village to interact socially, finding their identity, purpose and be equipped as well as developing positive self-esteem through life-skills programs.

The over-all objective; to creating a place of safety, where young people will be educated, given a sense of identity, value and purpose away from negative type of activity,’ he concluded .

The program housed about 200 local youths and the fun didn’t end with the sporting activities.

Nonkululeko Gwele, Izandla Zethemba coordinator said: ‘We took them to excursions and engaged them in other activities.

We want them know that the challenges that they are currently facing should not stop them from achieving their goals, said .

She said that the young people have been very excited about being part of the program. ‘

They were very positive and were engaging with the facilitators and also excited about the prospective of an outing,’ she said.

She encouraged parents to motive instead of criticizing the young people as they will grow in confidence and make better decisions.

They will also stage a peace much as part of Reconciliation Day.

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