Tshepisong youth takes action
Many have drawn inspiration from a young man who helped a team of young girls and their coach get proper netball poles in Tshepisong Johannesburg.
29 year-old Lunga Mafilika says he was heartbroken when he noticed the netball poles they were using weren’t actual netball poles .Seeing the passion they had for the sport made him realize how much there wasn’t enough resources and interventions that promote the growth of the youth especially women in his community.
“Our community is in dire need of resources that could bridge the gap in terms of social cohesion so that young girls would not lose the opportunity to grow up in an environment filled with sports and many life building interventions,”Mafilika explained.
After discussing the matter with community members and approaching local businesses, he received donations from HoiThabisa Holdings and Veli Present to pay for the cement, concrete, manufacturing and locally made netball poles. He also was joined by four youth volunteers to help construct the foundation of the poles.
Mafilika said it was of importance that women were supported, protected and prioritised in communities especially on the plight of gender based violence that South Africa is seeing a rise of daily. He says his major concern is that Tshepisong has no police station to report such matters.
“Gender based violence should be put in the spotlight. We need to educate young boys and men from schools to community level so they learn how to treat women and also take part in awareness campaigns,” he added.
One of the volunteers Sanele Mahlaba said it was a touching experience for him and that he believes community members are capable of making a difference.
“It was a great feeling more especially seeing the girls smile, my heart is filled with joy and happiness for them,”Mahlaba added.