British High Commission
Upon arriving in South Africa, the PFA and TackleAfrica met with Matthew De Klerk, Communications and Public Diplomacy Officer for the British High Commission in Cape Town, to help raise awareness with local press contacts about the programme for the week. The team explained the purpose of the on-going visits to Cape Town and the development we have seen over the years. He disclosed that the British High Commissioner, Nigel Casey would be delighted to accompany the PFA Delegation to Langa High School later in the week to see at first hand the Education/CSR work of the union.
Manenberg High School
The first school the PFA and TackleAfrica visited was Mananberg High School. Manenberg is a township of Cape Town, that was created by the apartheid government for low-income black families in the Cape Flats in 1966 as a result of the forced removal campaign by the National Party. It has an estimated population of 52,000 residents. The township is located about 20 km away from the city centre of Cape Town. The area over the years has become overcrowded and living conditions problematic with a high incidence of crime, gang activity and social disturbance emerging.
Manenberg High School was established in 1976 under the Apartheid Government. Manenberg High School has a student population of 863 and 30 teachers whilst certain classes have up to 55 learners.
The school offers 3 official languages; English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. Subjects delivered are: Maths, Physical Science, Life Science (Biology), Accounting, Business Studies, Geography, History, Civil Technology, Consumer Studies and Life Orientation.
The school is located in a predominantly workers’ class community. Massive unemployment is the order of the day. Many of the students come from dysfunctional homes where alcohol and drug abuse are rife.
As part of the education programme, the PFA ran a quiz around Human Rights Day in South Africa and the tragic events which took place in Sharpeville on 21 March 1960 where 69 people were killed during a peaceful protest under the brutal apartheid regime. 75 students took part in the quiz, followed by fun games and football coaching sessions. The school received a donation of kit kindly supplied by Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.