VOL 90

Inside this Edition:
  1. Secretariat News
  2. Member News
  3. Featured Member
  4. Opportunities
SSCN Registration Details:
Company Name – Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Southern Africa NPC
Company number – 2012/159379/08
Registered date – 03/09/2012

Sport For Social Change Network : Woman in Sport Symposium 

Sports for social change network in collaboration with Pura - Share a story competition

PURA is a food and beverage company, which believes that if you can make a difference, then you should, and if everyone had this philosophy then the world would be a better place. No grand gestures, just small things we can all do every day. For instance, helping a friend or a stranger in need, or being responsible about the environment and to the broader world we live in. Easy to say, difficult to do. Here’s the thing, we all have busy lives and many day-to-day commitments and stresses that make “living a little PURA” difficult to do, and sometimes seemingly out of our reach – we’re only human after all.

At PURA they look to live their lives a little PURA – "to do the small things every day that makes a difference". For instance, when they sample at events or in-store, they only use cups that are made of a bamboo paper mix that is 100% compostable, and fully sustainable. Our cans and bottles are 100% recyclable, they are an active member of Clean C (, and they are getting involved in local downstream recycling and urban greening in townships. As an organization, they also seek to provide local empowerment opportunities within our surrounding communities.
They have built this into our drinks.

A big congratulations to the SSCN Member Lesedi la Batho for being our first winner of the #livealittlepura competition that has being running in our social media platform. Lesedi la Batho is a non-governmental organization based in Mabopane. The organization focusses on Empowering youth & women to become financially independent through holistic community upliftment. On the 15th of September SSCN took it upon themselves to deliver R1000 worth of Soda prize to Lesedi la Batho in Mabopane.

You are all encouraged to keep posting and sharing your stories, remember to tag @livealittlepura, @sportforsocialchangenetwork and include #livealittlepura to you post. You could also win a R1000 worth of Soda for your organization.

Let’s keep sharing and living a little PURA
Here is to collectively be finding, easy simple ways to make a difference and start to


Physically Active Youth Namibia "P.A.Y"-  BMX Event 

P.A.Y operates in the marginalized community of Katutura, Windhoek, where it uses sport as an enabler and tool for empowering young people through STEM focused, skill-based education, and SDG run life skills that aim to build positive citizens to be able to transform their communities through sustainable, innovative development and social behaviour change. In the 15 years of its existence, P.A.Y continues to alleviate the structural impediments faced by Namibian youth and has to date provided a safe space, nurturing environment to over 2300 young people who have gone on to take up careers across multiple industries and disciplines.

The core of its youth practice and ethics lies in the relationship P.A.Y establishes with the young person. P.A.Y engages the young person continuously and holistically in her/his after-school time through an integrated programme of educational, sport and life skills training, with strong community–outreach, health awareness and volunteering components. Katutura is a drug ridden, alcohol infested and gang heavy area where cases of sexual exploitation and abuse are high. This is because this post-apartheid community struggles with poor educational outcomes, high unemployment, and crime. P.A.Y has over 120 young people, and 14 registered teams for chess, cycling, soccer and swimming that participate in sports leagues across the country.

Physically Active Youth in partnership with RMB and NCF, hosted a BMX event with the cycling track construction work by Laban on the 11th of September,2021, reaching 88 young riders from 8 schools, and 3 communities. The BMX programme is a program where the youngest participants in the P.A.Y BMX programme, get to learn to cycle and take part in the BMX event which aims at showcasing and promoting the sport of cycling while keeping kids off the streets and using it as a platform to bring social inclusion within communities. As the cycling sports is not a common sport in general mostly in the areas where we operate from, this event is not only a chance to inspire people but to also bring visibility to the community of Katutura. By participating in this event, the kids learn vital skills such as teamwork, focus, ability to get up from a fall and good sportsmanship.


Soweto Basketball Academy-
Busisiwe Mlotshwa testimonial. 

Soweto Basketball Academy is based in white city Jabavu Soweto, South Africa. The academy is a home to the children, youth and adult of Soweto and surrounding areas, it was founded in 2013. This Non-Profit Organization engaging in Basketball, soccer, netball, recreation, and other training activities. The organization affiliated with primary schools around the Soweto communities where they recruit learners for their varies activities within the organization.

Busisiwe Mlotshwa, is a young lady in the heart of White City Jabavu Soweto, she was born and bred in this community. Busisiwe was always a versatile sports woman as she participated in various sporting codes. One of her favorite sports at the time was Netball. Trough a Basketball Clinic she participated at, at the age of 13 Busisiwe showed love and personation for the game of basketball, at the time Busi was still a leaner at Donaldson Primary School one of the affiliated schools to Soweto Basketball Academy, though the help of coach Monwabisi Dlamini from Basketball Academy Busisiwe’s Basketball journey began. 

The same year Busi was chosen to play for the U13 girls Gauteng province basketball team at the national level. Towards the end of the year, she was then awarded 1 position for primary school sports girl of the year. In 2018 she was then selected to represent South Africa in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the same year she was awarded 1st position for secondary schools’ sports girl of the year. Since then, her talent got exposed and she was then given an opportunity to participate at the BIM Camp which focuses on enhancing both players and coaches’ basketball abilities and behavior inside and outside the court at which she was awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Player). At the age of 17 Busi was selected to play as a point guard for the Soweto Panthers Basketball team in Soweto.

During our interview Miss Mlotshwa shared with us what she learned through her journey as a basketball player.  

  • Humbleness, that she shouldn’t brag about her abilities to other people to make them feel less about themselves.
  • Discipline, to stay consistent, committed and to value what she does.
  • Love, to love the people around her.
  • Support, to always give support to the people around her in good and in bad times.
  • Stress Management, to deal with the challenges she faces in a day to day live.

To conclude Miss Busisiwe Mlotshwa said, “hard work beats talent”.



Community Health Education Sports Initiative Zambia (CHESIZ)- Training workshop

CHESIZ is based in the Central Province of Zambia. It is a Health, Education, Sports and Good Governance oriented Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered with the Registrar of Societies (ORS/102/33/446) it was established in 2009, CHESIZ is a women, girls, and young people driven participatory movement that aims at creating platforms that engage communities in the development process. The organization also uses sport to build bridges across people of different socio-economic.

The organization main objectives are to empower people to be masters of their own development and contribute to broadening community participation and decision making in issues relating to influence civic leaders and government to more transparent and accountable. Thus, by increasing advocacy for policy and legislative reforms. They are a Member of the Sports for Social Change Network Africa (SSCNA) and CIVICUS

CHESIZ in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Zambia this past week hosted a 14-day training workshop for their Peers Leaders and Sports Mediators in SRHR and a Children Safeguarding and Protection Polices training in Makululu Compound in Kabwe. Through this training workshop the two organizations have managed to empower and train 75 Sports Mediators and Peer Leaders in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Children Safeguarding and Protection Policies.

We Empowered them with Footballs and Soccer Jerseys for them to use and form the Community Teams to engage Young People in Educating and raising awareness on both Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Children Safeguarding and Protection Policies, GBV, HIV/AIDS aimed at combating Teenage Pregnancies and Early Forced Marriages. The focus of the training was to engage the Community Sports Mediators and Peer Leaders to increase knowledge on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights to enable Adolescents especially Girls to make informed sexuality decisions and create safe spaces through Child Safeguarding approaches to enable girls to thrive in their Education and Health.


Amandla Social Enterprises
Safe-Hub Jabulani

AMANDLA developed the Safe-Hub model. At its core, AMANDLA has always been driven by one goal: to create space for young people to feel safe, have fun, and – most importantly – to develop and realise their potential. The Safe-Hub has been AMANDLA’s primary platform. It’s the real-life model of the world we want to create: a world where all young people have access to equal opportunities, strive to realise their full potential, and dare to dream.  
Amandla Social Enterprises was joined by the Mayor of Johannesburg Jolidee Matongo, key partners and members of the local community to officially launch Safe-Hub Jabulani during a ribbon cutting celebration last week. The new Safe-Hub brings AMANDLA Social Enterprises’ award-winning Safe-Hub platform for social impact to the heart of the emerging Jabulani Precinct, a cornerstone project of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Development Lab (DLAB) Precinct Model, and the first DLAB site in South Africa. The Safe-Hub facility is a place-based youth development ecosystem that serves as the anchor of the DBSA DLAB Precinct, which consists of various facilities such as the soccer pitch, swimming pool, children play area, gym, at the event the mayor also indicated that the facility holds a hockey turf and an indoor tennis court inside the building. Programmers that are offered in this Safe- hub are implemented by various partner organization’s such as RLabs, Wits Health and AGDA, and this programmer offered a range of youth and community development services and including but not limited to afterschool and work recreation programmers:
  • business development services and training.
  • skills development, employment and entrepreneurship services and training including accredited learnerships.
  • shared office space and start-up support.
  • health and wellness support services; digital and future skills programmers.
  • early childhood development services; and
  • green economy services and training, including urban farming and waste management solutions.
At the event the Executive Mayor Mr. J. Matongo highlighted that the inspiration behind the project, aims at creating a community of peace and protection against social ills. And all of this was made possible with the support and expertise of multiple stakeholders, Safe-Hub Jabulani was initially enabled by the City of Johannesburg. As part of the DBSA DLAB initiative, the Safe-Hub facility is the result of a public-private partnership between the Community of Jabulani, AMANDLA Social Enterprise, Discovery, ATC and Vumatel.

To conclude the Executive Mayor said, “Sport and recreation provide young people with the opportunity for skills development, and a basis for an active and healthy lifestyle”.


Fonds SUEZ Grants for Improving the Living Conditions of Individuals

Deadline: 30th October, 2021

Applicants are invited to apply for the Fonds SUEZ grant program to combat exclusion by favouring inclusion and consequently sustainably improving the living conditions and autonomy of persons via access to essential services, social insertion, and social harmony.
The Foundation SUEZ supports concrete actions in favor of:

Access to essential services (water, sanitation, and waste) for disadvantaged populations in developing countries.
The insertion of vulnerable populations thanks to employment and training in France; Social harmony through education, culture, and sport, in France.

To support and accompany development projects via financial and skills-based sponsorship partnerships developed with international solidarity organizations, non-profit making specialized institutions.

  • To support and accompany social cohesion projects via education, culture, and sport.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The Foundation supports projects proposed by project initiators with an associative legal status and which have been legally established for at least one year prior to the date of the submission of the project application.
  • The Foundation does not support projects developed by individuals.
  • The Foundation attaches a great deal of importance to how actions are relayed on the site of intervention and gives priority to applicants which possess local divisions, or which report a very close partnership with a local structure.
  • Similarly, particular attention will be paid to:
  • The clearly identified demand and the determination of the populations concerned to contribute towards maintaining the service or activity to be created,
  • Whether or not the project is of general interest,
  • The commitment and support shown towards the project by local stakeholders: user associations, local resident communities, local authorities etc.

For more information and application details, see; FONDATION SUEZ - FONDATION SUEZ (


The SSCN is a proudly African founded and driven organization with over 80 non-government affiliates (members) working in some of the most poorest countries and communities. We have a solid track record spanning 12 years. Please help us and donate, any amount is welcomed.

Donation Information:
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