Sugarboy weighs in on Tata gig

2018-07-26 06:01
Afrika Tikkun ambassador and former boxer Sugar Boy Malinga together with some of the children and volunteers during the event.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Afrika Tikkun ambassador and former boxer Sugar Boy Malinga together with some of the children and volunteers during the event.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Scores of Mfuleni children converged at the Zolile Malindi Centre to showcase their talent and skills in an effort to celebrate the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

The event, held last Saturday, was organised by the Afrika Tikkun organisation.

Attendants were entertained with soccer, netball, sack racing, drumming, traditional music, dance, athletics, debates and quiz.

Shirley Tshwale, marketing coordinator, said the event was held annually.

“We are celebrating Tata Madiba’s centenary, showcasing talent. This is what we are doing the whole year to keep the children away from the streets.

We know that Madiba loved children and sport. He was a boxer in his youth,” said Tshwale.

She said their aim is to develop the children mentally and physically. She added that as an organisation, they host after school programs to educate children about the dangers related to drugs and alcohol, including bullying, human rights and career guidance.

The event on Saturday involved children between the ages of two to 18.

Sugar Boy Malinga, a former professional boxer and now Afrika Tikkun ambassador, said his role is to educate children about the importance of fitness and healthy lifestyles.

“Children are the most vulnerable people in our communities. So it is important to train them at a young age how to defend themselves from criminals. Also, we encouraging them to speak out and report to their educators whenever they are being bullied by other children at school,” said Malinga.

Philiswa Gedesi , the principal at Blooming Stars Educare Centre, said the event was educational and informative to the children.

“The event means a lot to the children because it gives them a chance to socialise and know each other.

“And by having sport events like these encourages them to attend school as it gives them the chances to play with other kids. It eliminates the spectre of playing truancy with their studies.”

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