Mitchell’s Plain is actually home for 4 of our boys that should stay in the residence. One is new to us, Ridaah, and the other 3 have been around a year, Luke, Ryan, and Taariq. The first 3 had pretty solid first years and we’re excited about Ridaah’s inclusion into the Academy. Here is where they live:
Mitchell’s plain: created as a “model township” by the apartheid government, Mitchell’s plain is a largely coloured township with a population of diverse class backgrounds. Population is recorded at 310,000, but it’s probably way more than that. It is known for gangsterism and tik (methamphetamine) addiction among the youth. Ironically, it is home to one of Cape Town’s biggest shopping centers, Liberty Promenade.
Help these boys get into this new house by getting involved with ubuntuhome.causevox.com.
Anam and Zakhe are two of our brand new players. They came to us on the advice of a scout we know. They both performed really well at the trials. Both love to defend, which is rare to find. They also have lots of other skills and gifts to offer. Right now they are still really shy and reserved, but we know that will change. This is where they are from:
Khayelitsha: the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa with a recorded population of over 400,000 but that’s probably nowhere close to the actual population. Over 40% of residents are under 19 in age; living conditions are continually tough despite attempted welfare intervention and one in three people has to walk over 200 meters to access water. They are also struggling with:
• Pressure on the available limited space for settlement, as a result of mushrooming informal settlements
• Burdened infrastructure
• Increase in back yard dwelling
Get involved with Anam & Zakhe’s future by helping to prepare the house for them.
As you seek to understand the need of this Academy residence we want to help you understand the communities the boys are coming from. Over the next couple of days we will highlight each of them and help you to get to know them.
Joshua Fischer is coming to us from Manenberg. We spotted him playing for the Manenberg LFA team when we were involved with the Cape Town Tygerberg LFA Team. We then went to scout him in Manenberg and have developed a great relationship with their LFA. Josh’s home life isn’t very secure, but he’s been blessed with 2 great mentors in Halim and Roy who have really invested themselves into his life. This is where he lives.
Manenberg: a township in Cape Town that was created by the apartheid government for low-income Coloured families in the Cape Flats with about 70,000 residents; the area has become overcrowded, leading to problematic living conditions including high rates of crime, gangsterism, and social disturbance.
I probably didn’t properly expect this but our boys are raising the level! Last week they had the Academic Awards for Silvermine Academy and a handful of our boys got some awards!!
Here is the list:
Grade 8s- Wandile Sicholo (Arts & Culture, Life Orientation)
Keanu Wilsnach (Life Orientation)
Grade 9s- Ryan Serfontein (Life Orientation)
Joshua Clayton (Life Orientation)
Grade 10s- Wade Coetzee (Maths Lit)
Carl Van Rensburg (Maths Lit)
To top it all off, Wade got the trophy for best performance in Maths Lit. I’m so proud that our boys are also starting to raise the level in all areas of their life.
Wade with his Parents
This week the Sun Valley Group of Schools hosted their Sports Awards for all of their sports programs. The boys of Ubuntu Football did quite well at the awards. The following kids received awards:
Sun Valley Primary School Awards:
Bev Goodes Trophy for the Most Improved Senior Boy Soccer Player – Ryan Newman
SVPS Trophy for the Best Senior Soccer Player – Jade Wanza
Sadley Solomons Trophy for the Most Outstanding Goal Keeper – Joshua Clayton
Joshua Clayton and his Parents
SP Marine Engineering Trophy for the Victor Ludorum Athletics for Senior Boys – Ryan Newman
Ryan & His Dad
Silvermine Academy Awards:
Most Committed Boy Soccer Player – Sinethemba Mgwetana
Most Promising Boy Soccer Player – Eric Phillips
Boys Soccer Player of the Year – Chadley Philander
Bradley Keller Trophy for the Sports Person of the Year – Carl van Rensburg
The High School boys
But the big award for the night was “Team of the Year”. I’m not sure one of the Silvermine Academy High School Teams has ever won this award before. But they did now. The U15 Soccer Team, made up entirely of Ubuntu players, was selected for 2013. This is just a sample of there accomplishments:
- Won their league convincingly
- Won the U15 Coke Cup Cape Town Regional
- Finished 3rd at the U15 Coke Cup Provincial Finals
- Won the U16 Metropolitan Cup Cape Town Regional
- Finished 2nd at the Metropolitan Cup Provincial Finals.
- Will play in Metropolitan Cup National Finals this week!
- 5 Players were selected for the U15 Coke Cup National Select Team (Wade Coetzee, Chadley Philander, Eric Phillips, Ryan Serfontein, and Carl Van Rensburg).
- Carl Van Rensburg was one of four players nationwide selected to attend tour to Brazil in 2014 as part of the Coke Cup Select Team
The Boys and lots of their Parents
We’re so excited for how this success is grafting them more and more into the life of the school. This success is giving the school more pride and building a greater public reputation. And all the while, the boys have handled it with grace and humility.
Team of the Year from Ubuntu Football on Vimeo.
This week we received some amazing news!! One of our faithful supporters, Coast 2 Coast, has given us R150,000 ($15,000) towards the purchase and renovation of the residence!! Isn’t that amazing?!?! But we’re still in great need. Jump on board with us ASAP and help us make this happen. You don’t need to wait till Giving Tuesday! Give today instead of spending the whole day out shopping as you wait for all the turkey to settle.
Part of the New Place
If you haven’t heard yet, we’re taking a massive step! We’re in the midst of buying a residence to house all of our Academy boys that live far away and require a boarding environment. We’ve found an amazing place with lots of potential. But with potential means there is lots of work ahead. And that work requires money! Please check out our giving campaign on Causevox
. The site has a great video and all the info you need!
We need you to join us in this massive step. It’s the best way to “shop” this Christmas!!
John Chau, one of our interns this past summer, made a fantastic video to summarize his experience with us. I know you’ll enjoy it!
Last night, on the way home from practice, Sinethemba, Sim, Wonga, and Siya convinced me to take them to get fatkoeks. They are finally starting to admit how hungry they are nightly. Fatkoek isn’t the most healthy thing you can possibly eat, but it fills you up, and doesn’t cost too much. It’s hard to compare it to something else. A bit of hush puppy, mixed with roll, with funnel cake.
Fatkoek before filling.
Fatkoek with beef and green beans. Ours were burgers!
My investment of R30=$3.00 (R6 each) bought each of us a bit extra dinner and some time together. As we sat in the corner enjoying the artery clogging fat, we saw “Teko”, one of the newly selected Ubuntu boys. We called him over to the car asking about his day. As he stood and chatted with us the boys all started breaking off large pieces of their fatkoek to give him. Without even being prompted. When Teko left us and I asked why they would do that. They responded, “Coach he’s Ubuntu now, we must share with him.” I love that. Culturally, they share quite naturally, but I love that him being grafted into the family means that they are ready to share everything with him. He left with quite a smile and a mouth full of food.
Teko and his megawatt smile