Youth choose change

2015-07-08 06:00
Who said the programme could not proceed without funding? asked Mohau Tsiolo, one of the organisers of the Jeppes youth programme in Club 2000.                            
Boipelo Mere

Who said the programme could not proceed without funding? asked Mohau Tsiolo, one of the organisers of the Jeppes youth programme in Club 2000. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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THE youth of Club 2000 in Kimberley have taken it upon themselves to improve their lives in commemoration of the youth of 1976.

Last month on Youth Day, 16 June, three local youth companies – Young Caring Minds, Readiragatsa Development and the Kimberley City Youth Movement – and local artists launched the Jeppes youth programme in the area.

Youth Day was commemo­rated by engaging local youth in sports activities at the Club 2000 Hall.

According to Mohau Tsiolo, one of the organisers, the aim was also to give previously neglected sporting codes, such as netball and indigenous games, attention by encouraging the youth in the area to consider taking up one of these.

Tsiolo said they had come to an agreement to rather work together as youth to empower themselves, instead of each person trying to do it single-handedly.

The tournament was reportedly run without sponsorship – the organisers admitted that they had approached businesses and government at short notice.

Tsiolo said the programme had been made a success by using the whole week ahead of the event to practise.

“Our aim is to change the image of Jeppes (the notorious name used to refer to Club 2000).

“The youth, want to show that we also play a role in changing the image of this park.”

Tsiolo said the park was used as a hideout by criminals who robbed and stabbed community members as it was being underutilised

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