In South Africa, Human Rights Day is celebrated on 21 March, in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place on 21 March 1960. This massacre occurred as a result of protests against the Apartheid regime in South Africa and 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd.
The PFA and TackleAfrica visited Making an Impact Through Sport (MITS) and participated in a 5km fun run and sports day to help raise funds for an U14’s boys team to attend a football and cultural tour to Frankfurt, Germany in May 2018. Keith Meyer Founding Director at MITS paid tribute to those who fought for the rights and equality of all South Africans and held a minute silence followed by an inspirational speech on this iconic day.
MITS was founded in 2009 and is a community initiative aimed at training people to become effective sport leaders in the future. It is a school-based programme that provides institutions with assistance in giving learners the opportunity to enjoy daily physical activities. All implementation and running of the programmes are handled by the group of volunteers who are on hand daily to assist with the school’s sessions.
They hope and strive to give as many youths in the community the chance and resources they need to make the first steps in improving their life skills and decisions and not falling into the traps so many of their other impoverished family, friends and community members slip into.
In the afternoon, the PFA and TackleAfrica visited Oasis. Oasis is a registered non-profit organisation, with their main focus being on sport for development programmes. The programmes form a platform where they can connect with both youth and adults from marginalised communities, offering them educational and life skill opportunities.
Founder Clifford Martinus grew up in the Cape Flats himself but had the increasingly rare privilege of a healthy family environment, educated with social values and purpose. Through seeing where a lot of his friends and others around him ended up, Clifford wanted to make a positive impact. After many years of community work in the Cape Flats, he founded OASIS in 2000.
Countless children in the Cape Flats don’t attend school as they are too afraid of violence. Many of them decide to live on the streets rather than in an environment of fear. For all those people, OASIS is offering a helping hand.
Oasis held an official launch of their new Internet Café designed to provide local youth with IT skills and employment options. This fantastic opportunity came about following a visit by the PFA in 2017 which led to the introduction of Computacenter based in Cape Town.
Paul Norris of Computacenter visited Cliffy Martinus and saw for himself the inspiring work they do with local youth, ex-offenders and homeless people in the most challenging of conditions and agreed to provide a whole bank of state of the art computers to equip the space Oasis had available. Computacenter staff will also provide technical support and training to the people using the café.
The PFA and TackleAfrica also travelled back to the City of Cape Town to meet with Brigitte Hannah an Executive from the Cape Government whose role is to support the After Schools Game Changing programme. This is a cross departmental programme centred on the four pillars of Academic performance, sport and recreation, life skills and arts and culture which aims to turn after school provision into a movement of high quality delivery. The intention is to develop existing partnerships and integrate them into this programme in order to deliver better quality after school activities for the poorest children of the Western Cape.