Diepsloot Sports against Crime Tournament aims to lessen drug abuse

Diepsloot Sports fanatics partnered with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and organized a two day soccer tournament to fight against drug abuse and crime.

Diepsloot Sports against Crime Tournament is a holiday sports program which is done every end of school term to keep the youth away from the streets.

The tournament against drug abuse comes just month after South Africa’s Constitutional Court passed down a judgment that makes it legal for adults to cultivate and smoke marijuana in their homes. The 29 to 30 September tournament saw 34 soccer teams from Diepsloot and Cosmo City participating. The following are the teams which won during the tournament: Diepsloot junior chiefs (Under 12) Oliven junior chiefs (under 14) Bophelong (under 16). The winners were awarded kits trophies and medals.

“It is sad that girls are also starting to get involved in Nyawope drugs,” said Thabo Wesi the general secretary of Diepsloot Stream. “This Nyawope drug has taken away a lot of joy from the Diepsloot youth, and it drives the youth to be thieves and robbers.”

Wesi added that the tournament was an opportunity to raise awareness about the side effects of drugs and crime to the youngsters.

“The tournament was well organized and soccer has become a great tool to address such social issues,” Wesi said. “A child in sports is a child out of jail. We have to make a good pathway for the children by using sports to take them out of bad habits.”

He said that it is important to keep the youth busy as it would keep them focused.

 

Netballers embrace heritage day through sports

Six netball teams participated in a heritage day tournament on 24 September 2018 at Multipurpose to honor South African heritage through sports.

Lebogang Ramatlho, a member of Cosmo City’s Sports Forum and a netball coach, organized the one day tournament to celebrate heritage day. The participating teams were from Cosmo City Zandspruit and Diepsloot. Nyeletsi Netball Club won the tournament and The Young Ones became the runners up. Some of the teams which participated include Conquerors, Ultimate girls and The Flying Squad.

Ramatlho told Cosmo City Chronicle that it was a good thing for the ladies to spend the day celebrating in the netball pitch as it shows the linkage between heritage and sports. The main aim of the tournament was to show that netball is alive, she said..

“Netball is one of the most overlooked sports in the community,” said Ramatlho. “People always turn a blind eye when it comes to sports that are facilitated by women, but we want to show people that netball is a live sport like soccer.”

She added that getting a proper funding for netball sports is the main challenge they are facing.

“Due to the lack of sponsors, we had nothing to hand over to the winners,” explained Ramatlho . “We hope to get sponsorship so that we can reward medals and trophies to the winners.  It will also motivate players because there are so many ladies who are very passionate about netball in our community.”

She concluded that they also face a challenge to ferry players to and from the tournament venues as most of them cannot afford to pay for themselves.

On 6 October Ramatlho will also be hosting an unsponsored tournament at the same venue.

 

Golden Drifters feel Nedbank Cup competition debut

Golden Drifters Football Club beat Giant Killers FC before losing to Sibanye Gold Kloof in a Nedbank Cup Knockout competition on 9 August at Popo Molefe Stadium in West Rand.

Lindelani Dube’s second half goal helped the Drifters knock out Giant Killers FC by 1-0 in their first ever Nedbank Cup competition. In the second round of the knock out stage, Golden Drifters were defeated 3-1 by Sibanye Gold Kloof, the SAB league defending champions. The Golden Drifters winger Orefilwe Senyarelo, who was also celebrating his birthday, put his team on lead in the first half before Sibanye Gold Kloof came from behind to win the game.

Nedbank Cup is a national premier club football knockout tournament. It has always been based on the idea of giving lower league and amateur teams a chance to compete with clubs from the top league for the Cup. Golden Drifters is the only team to participate in the tournament from the North West of Johannesburg.

In an interview with Cosmo City Chronicle, the Golden Drifters president Proud Shoko expressed his happiness about the team’s performance in the Nedbank Cup.

“I want to thank the players for their hard working at training preparing for the Nedbank Cup Tournament,” he said. “I am so happy with the achievement we got from participating in this year's Nedbank Cup. We did well; we won the first game in the last 16 against Giant Killers and advanced to the last 8 where we lost against former SAB Champion Sibanye Gold Kloof.”

He added that the players did their best despite playing two matches in a day as they managed to score in both matches.

In the SAB League, Golden Drifters have only played one game against Sibanye Gold Kloof which they lost 2-1.

“Coming back to the league, we have just played one game against the defending champions. We are now put in position 9, and it is not a bad position for a new team like us. The boys were little bit nervous on the first opening game,” said Shoko.

Shoko said that the club is still going to sign a few under 21 midfielders and defenders before the transfer window closes. “We're happy with our strikers,” he said, “and especially Lindelani Dube who has scored 2 goals in 3 games.”

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UJAB Boxing club strives to keep kids off the streets

UJAB Boxing Club, which is based in Zandspruit Informal Settlement, is striving to use sport as a way to keep the youth away from the streets.

UJAB Boxing Club was established in 2017 under Football without Borders, an organisation that intends to curb the rise of teenage pregnancies and drug addictions in Zandspruit. It is a Public Benefit Organisation registered under SARS.

According to UJAB Boxing Club co-founder Michael Mapfunde, the club aims to equip boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14. More than 20 children from Zandspruit learn the basics of boxing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In an interview with Cosmo City Chronicle, Mapfunde said they established the club to keep youngsters off the streets.

“Our aim is to use boxing as a social development tool to keep children away from drugs,” he said. “In most cases, kids do not have meaningful things to do in Zandspruit. So sport brings activities that can improve their health, fitness and self confidence. We believe boxing can bring positive change in the community. We also want to teach the kids life skills, conflict resolution skills and self defense. We try to break gender discrimination by taking girls to participate in boxing.”

Mapfunde said that they are facing tough challenges to secure funding for proper boxing training and for taking children to the next level. The children are currently training in a dilapidated tent with a cement floor.

He added that UJAB Boxing Club focuses on health education, gender equality and community development.

“We want to link sports and education in order to empower the kids both physically and academically,” he told Cosmo City Chronicle. “We have since formed a group (After School Homework Clubs) whereby we assist young soccer players academically. In September we will be providing academic support to the children who are involved in boxing.”

Daniel Ntsabo is one of the boxing coaches at UJAB Boxing Club, and he said he wants to develop future boxing champions from under-privileged communities.

“It is amazing to see the youngsters responding so well to boxing, especially the girls,” he said. “When I look at them I see future champions. If all goes well, we will register some of them to participate in boxing tournaments because we believe they are going far.”

Ntsabo added that there is need to show support to the young boxers as it would bring development in the community.

“In most cases, investors turn a blind eye to Zandspruit projects because they assume it is a backward community with crime perpetrators,” said Ntsabo. “It is quite important to support the community and address the challenges. Most of the children in Zandspruit have lost focus. We want to take those children out of darkness through sport, and we cannot successfully do that without support from the community and other stakeholders.”

One of the young boxers, Njabulo Mtungwa, said she wants to make boxing her career. She urged her peers to try sport activities instead of potentially dangerous activities involving alcohol and drugs.


 

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