UBAMBOLWETHU GLOBAL FOUNDATION NPC partnered with Thembi T Foundation and University of Johannesburg Auckland Park Kingsway Campus to host a Drug Awareness Sports Fun Day for the youth.

The event, which took place at the Auckland Park UJ Campus, was also attended by students from Cosmo City Zandspruit and Kyasands.

The Drug Awareness Sports Fun Day was aimed at commemorating June 16, according to Ubambolwethu Global Foundation founder Susan Vuyiswa Nyathi.

“We managed to attract 111 participants for Soccer and Rugby,” she said. “We had more than 50 spectators, including parents, staff and friend, had a group talk regarding the danger of using drug and opened a door for a listening ear, for them to come ask for help and a way forward to drug users. Children were kept out of the street this Youth holiday and a New June 16 memory was created.”

She added that she would like to appreciate everyone who made the event a success. “We would like to appreciate UJ Sport Manager for Rugby, Mr Bongani Mashiya for partnering with us in this great initiative. Mr Gwampi and Team, they have profound skill in handling children’s Sports Events,” said Nyathi.

“We also like to appreciate the children who participated in rugby,  Vuyiswa  Nyathi (Taliwe)  (Founder and Executive Difrector of Ubambolethu Global Foundation NPC)  and Thembi Tshabalala ( Founder and Executive Director of Thembi T Foundation). I would like to extend our appreciation to  Mr Buhle Qaba a student and rugby player from UJ Auckland Park for his awesome coaching clinics sessions. ‘HE IS THEE BEST COACH’ as the children from neighbouring high school said. They can’t wait for their next sessions and the skills transfer will him.”

She also thanked their Soccer Referee Shadrack Kalombo, who gave all his energy and fair ruling during the games. “Different communities came together and finished the games without fights and injuries. We really appreciate the referee’s efforts. We urge everyone to help where they can to reduce numbers of drug Users/Addicts and crime from the streets, within our community. We extend an invite to other stakeholder to partner with, in the fight against this DRUG ABUSE PANDEMIC.”

“We are the first step of contact for Youth, Substance Abuse (Addicts) and their families, conducts Outreach Community Projects and Sports Programmes.  We also assist through Counselling, home visits, and transportation of Substance Abuse (Addicts) to and from SANCA, throughout the whole rehabilitation process and after the process. We keep them busy through Sports (Soccer, Rugby, Netball, Cricket, teach them Music Instrument Training, and Visual Art Lesson and arrange Camping) as also another form of Skills Development. We also partnered with another Organization which offer and give training in Care Giving, Auxiliary Social Work, Electrical Work and Gardening skills.”

The Cosmos City Sports Teams participate in the Youth Forum

Joshua Mukwevho

Youth from Cosmo city and neighbouring communities gathered at Multipurpose Centre on Thursday morning, 16th of June, to celebrate the struggle and freedom which was gained from the 1976 Soweto uprising.

Sandile Khanye and Karabo Afrika organised the Youth Development Forum, and worked with institutions such as the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WITS RHI), which offers health testing, and South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA), which advocates drug and substance abuse awareness.

Local netball players in jovial mood during the youth games

Young people who availed themselves participated on competitive games such as netball and soccer. During a netball match, Manchester netball club played against Bokamoso netball club, and Manchester took the lead and won 25-15.

 Manchester netball Coach Nono said: “I am feeling great that we won the match, I know that as long as we play here nothing intimidates us, we face tough matches out of Cosmo City.”

Youth development forum's main purpose is to remove young people from the streets and allow them to participate in such activities together.

“Our plan is to bring all the necessary services closer to our people, especially young people in this community,”Khanye said.

In the football fixture, four teams, Tsa Kasi football club, Cosmo Celtic, TS sporting and Cosmo warriors, played point-based games, meaning the team with the most points qualified. Tsa Kasi football club won 6 - 1 on penalties against TS sporting after both teams drew during the match. The second match was between Cosmo Celtic and Cosmo Warriors, and Cosmo Warriors won 5-2 over Cosmo Celtic.

In the third match, TS sporting played against Cosmo Celtic and both teams played their best with two goals each, resulting in penalties. However, TS sporting won 3-1, taking them straight to the final game against Cosmo Warriors.

The final match was between Tsa Kasi Football Club and Cosmo Warriors, both teams were eager to win, but one team had to win. After a long day, Tsa Kasi football club scored two goals with a few minutes left to give them a chance to lift the trophy.

Ward 100 councillor Lyborn Ndou said:“This event is bringing so much of light to young people of our community, I am happy because as they participate in this they will move away from the usage of drugs and substance abuse.”

Cosmo City Progressive Youth Development Forum hosts Youth Day celebrations

Oratile Magabe

The Cosmo City Progressive Youth Development Forum hosted a Youth Day celebration event at the Multipurpose Centre in Extension 2 on the 16th of June 2022.

The Cosmo City Progressive Youth Development Forum is an organisation that represents youths in Ward 100. Sandile Khanye and Karabo Afrka organised the event, which became a huge success. The purpose of the event was to help raise health awareness among youth and promote job opportunities for the unemployed. The event featured musical performances by local artists including Ronie The Hustler and drama performances depicting the 1976 Soweto uprising.

Cosmo City students performing a Sarafina Drama

“We came up with this platform at Multipurpose for young people of Cosmo City to help raise drugs awareness and offer Sarafina theatre performances inside the hall,”Khanye said. “However, Eskom sabotaged the whole drama performance act as now the performance was forced to be held at the parking lot.”

A few stakeholders from various organizations participated at the event and offered their useful services to the youth. SANCA, alongside organizations such as the Central Rand - Alcohol and Drug Center, promoted substance abuse awareness. Wits RHI and Right Clinic Esizayo organizations which have been running for years also took part at the event. In addition to HIV testing and STI testing, they offered prevention and initiating prep to teenagers aged 15-24. Right Clinic Esizayo which is a private clinic in Cosmo City Tennessee and Malibongwe, mainly focused on offering primary healthcare services at the event.

“The clinic also offers free services such as Male Circumcision. We also have a COVID-19 site running,” said Dr Mashudu Mofokeng from the Right Clinic.

 Atvance Academy and Boston College came through to market their tertiary institutions to the youth. Access Bank and Doppio Zero Restaurant was also present at the event for brand marketing purposes.

 “Overall the event went well as there was also a soup kitchen which ran in the early hours of the event,” Khanye said.

Khula LGT reaches out to Far North Secondary

Khula Let’s Grow Together (LGT) reached out to Far North Secondary School and gave away much needed sanitary pads to over 90 learners on 3 June 2022 in an effort to support young girls from underprivileged communities, according to Khula LGT chairperson and founder Hlengiwe Ntamane.

“Young girls have a special time every month and others experience difficulty in getting sanitary pads,” she said. “Reaching out and having open conversations about periods should be a norm, and boys also need to understand and support the girls instead of humiliating or laughing about their periods.”

Since June is youth month, Ntamane said at Khula LGT they want to ensure that young people are taken care of. “We understand the challenges the youth face on a daily basis. There’s plenty of issues that need to be addressed with our youth and we want to be a part of change in our society.’’

Ntamane expressed a special thanks to their sponsor Pick ’n Pay from Cosmo Mall for always reaching out to assist them in their programs.

 Khula LGT is a non-profit Community Youth Development Organization that was founded in July 2020 by Hlengiwe Ntamane. Its mission is to provide welfare and humanitarian assistance to empower teenagers and help them manage the challenges and issues they encounter in all spheres of their lives: at home, at school and within the society or community in which they exist and interact.

“We appeal to sponsors, donors and business owners to assist with funding so that we can further assist these kids by meeting their essential needs and ensuring that they are well taken care of,” Ntamane said. “They can reach out to us on our social media pages Facebook @Khula Lets Grow Together, Instagram and YouTube @khulalgt or contact us on 0107454003/ 0780865095.”

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