Sporting gear donated to volunteer coaches in Gugulethu

2016-05-26 06:00
Thando Mdodana, of Siyavuyelela Sports and Life Skills, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, of Ward 45, Anele Magqwaka, of Siyavuyelela Sports and Life Skills and Mary Scholtz, of City of Cape Town, during the hand over of the equipment, at NY 49, in Gugulethu, on Tuesday.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Thando Mdodana, of Siyavuyelela Sports and Life Skills, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, of Ward 45, Anele Magqwaka, of Siyavuyelela Sports and Life Skills and Mary Scholtz, of City of Cape Town, during the hand over of the equipment, at NY 49, in Gugulethu, on Tuesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Ward 45 Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli has donated equipment to a community based organisation which does wonders in promoting sport in Gugulethu on Tuesday.

Siyavuyelela Sports and Life Skills was the recipient of the donation.

The organisation is run by youngsters who do voluntary work with all primary schools in the area.

Mamkeli said the organisation is doing a great work in uplifting sport in the area.

“This is my token of appreciation to them. They also help me with coaching, refereeing, administration, safety for children and to ensure that everything runs smooth during the annual tournament.”

The tournament includes primary schools from Gugulethu and Mannenberg.

“I decided to give them the equipment which will be used by children from the entire community,” Mamkeli said.

The equipment included soccer and rugby balls, cricket and netball equipment.

The Legacy Community Tournament takes place every year in March. It sees children competing in soccer and netball.

For Anele Magqwakathe equipment will go a long way in helping the children under his tutelage.

“Children are going to benefit a lot...We were struggling with equipment as coaches. We will now be able to introduce children to new sporting codes such as cricket. We work with close to 4000 children from different schools. We are also appealing to anyone who can sponsor us financially.

Without funding this project might end up dying. We have 30 coaches, but we can afford to pay nine of them. The funding will mean job creation to the youth here,” Magqwaka said.

Magqwaka said they also wish to expand project to areas such as Nyanga East and other surrounding areas.

He also said having such project in the area helps in keeping children in the right path as they monitor them even when they are out of school.

Magqwaka is leading the project together with Thando Mdodana.

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