VOL 91

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


NRD, #626challenge and 
Big Walk  2021

The National Recreation Day and the Big Walk are pointed toward bringing issues to light with regards to a positive and sound way of life with the target of diminishing the death rate and checking the scourge of non-transmittable infections. As perceived by the Unified Country, interest in game and entertainment is a crucial basic freedom, which all Administrations should make accessible to their kin. Considering this thought that amusement and game assume a critical part in working on the wellbeing and prosperity of an individual, the Division of Game, Expressions, and Culture in 2014 further settled on the 'I Choose to be Active', a 365-day source of inspiration mission to all South Africans and the world at large to decide to be active.
Fundamentally, Bureau announced the primary Friday of October every year as Public Entertainment Day, and each first Sunday of October every year is Enormous Walk conceding all South Africans a chance to engage in dynamic diversion exercises. It is against this foundation that dynamic entertainment is at the Centre of DSAC's project's. This provide everyone with the first-hand experience and motivation needed to continue participating voluntarily in physical activities as they begin to realize the personal and social benefits thereof. South Africa, like the rest of the world, is facing a variety of challenges, incorporating everything from obesity, cardiac disease, diabetes, respiratory ailments, an ageing population, an increase in sedentary lifestyles and therefore loss of personal interaction and fitness, youth unemployment, high levels of violence, and conflict between people.
#SSCN626Challenge #NRD
In the pelage to be active SSCN and its network members took it upon themselves to host the #626Challenge in all the nine provinces together with the Department of sport, act, culture, and recreation.
We are during an inactivity pandemic as a country and as the world. As a network we have the common goal to encourage people to be active! Sometimes it just starts with a small step.

The Big Walk aka World Walking Day with @tafisaofficial and @sportartsculturersa is took place in seven provinces and this was a way for SSCN and its members to encourage all the people to walk as the first step toward a better life and an active one.
#BigWalk#Cape2Polokwane #Worldwalkday


Golden Boots- Community coaches workshop

Golden Boots Uganda-GoBU is a non-profit organisation empowering young people to build resilience, secure their future through sport, and become change agents in their communities. Its focus is finding new ways to improving the lives of young people through sport and to build a world where young people are healthy, happy, and lead meaningful lives.

Golden Boots Uganda, in partnership with the German development agency (GIZ) Sport for Development program team hosted a 4 days' workshop on the concept of Sport for Development organized. Through the play and fun workshop 20 community coaches were introduced to seven sustainable development goals- SDGs putting emphasis on SD3 good health and wellbeing and how the participation of youth in sport improves their mental wellbeing and life skills. Mental wellbeing is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community.

During the workshop the community coaches were educated on the following, causes of mental health which are biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry, Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse and Family history of mental health problems, dangers, signs, and symptoms mental health being eating or sleeping too much or too little, pulling away from people and usual activities, feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared  and  Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school. Through this workshop coaches were trained to improve their sport practice, to educate children and youth about mental wellbeing.

With the knowledge and skills, the coaches acquired from the workshop, they are now able to identify if one is showing the symptoms of mental wellbeing, provide counseling and referrals for treatment. On the last day of this educational workshop the coaches where then given certificates for participation.

Mr James Shabangu appointment as the 
WIL & Sports Co-ordination Lead.

Dona Mates Youth development Project is based at Stretford Ext 8A, Orange Farm was established in 1999 by James Shabangu and the project is registered as a non-profit company. Stretford Ext. 8A, Orange Farm, it aims to create opportunities and address issues affecting Underprivileged Youth and Children in and around Orange Farm through sport and social development. It also aims at providing better opportunities for physical activities and sport for social economically undeserved youths.

Since 1999 Dona’s Mates Youth Development Project has dedicated its program in to teach children and youth Life Skills such as Teamwork, Discipline, Trust, Respect, Tolerance, Fair Play, conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS.

We would like to congratulate Mr James Shabangu the CEO and founder of Dona’s Mates Youth Development Project for being appointed as the 2021 to 2023 Work Integrated Programme (WIL) & Sports Co-ordination Lead of the Advisory Board Committee in the Department of Marketing, Retail Business and Sport Management at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).

During the interview he said, this appointment to serve as one of the Board Committee Members dates to 2009 when he started mentoring Students who were Studying Sport Management at VUT since he is a Sport Management and Administration Graduate himself. He said he has never looked back since then and in 2016 he won an Award for Dona's Mates for the Long-Standing Commitment to Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (WIL). This year he was then recommended by the Head of the three Departments (Marketing, Retail Business and Sport Management to be part of the Advisory Board Committee and be the WIL & Sports Co-ordination Lead.
Mr James Shabangu then concluded the interview by saying, he is looking forward to this new challenge which is actually a great opportunity and recognition of his contribution to the field of Development for Sport and Sports Development in general not forgetting his empowerment to Students who are Studying in the field of Sports on behalf of Dona's Mates Youth Development Project.

Ekurhuleni Women in Sports Awards 2021
Volunteer of the year winner
Women in Sports Award finalists are our community role models, inspiring and motivating

Women in sports in their communities, Mrs Sonti Mofokeng is one of the finalists nominated by her community, she’s the vice chairperson of Katlehong Local Football Association, chairperson of Ahisanang Sechaba and Hlahatsi Peace Makers. She managed organised put together 13 ladies’ teams or clubs around her community to form a league competition under Katlehong Local Football Association, motivating all women to participate in sports.

Mrs Sonti Mofokeng is the CEO and Founder of Ahisanang Sechaba which is a community-based organization, which was established in June 2011, primarily focusing on soccer activities and training as a method of education and skills training for the youth. The aim of our organization is providing activities that will deter the youth from drugs, crime, and teenage pregnancy. The initial purpose was to help working mothers (parents) by caring for the children while the parents were at work.

She became the finalist in the 2021 edition of Ekurhuleni Women in Sports Awards 2021, on the Volunteer of the year category, because of her dedication and hardwork on the project, which was launched on the 27thJune2021, the ladies league is running smoothly, she won the category and became the winner of Ekurhuleni Volunteer of the year 2021 Women in Sports Awards.

This Award means a lot to her and the organisations she serves, she says only if the women in sports can get the support, they need in order to be motivated, things like equipment, facilities and recognition, these initiatives will grow to be bigger in the next season as more ladies’ clubs are interested to join next season. Mrs Sonti concluded with a vote of thanks to the following organisation:
Futballing girls, Katlehong Local Football Association, Ahisanang Sechaba, Hlahatsi Peace Makers, ThatoKele, Matsoho Maseko and Monnira Ramathula without your support this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you very much.


NYSDP Volunteers encourage youth to get jabbed
The National Youth Sports Development Platform is a non-legislative grassroots games improvement association that expects to empower youth to utilize sports as a method for creating themselves by engaging in ordinary deliberate movement and showing them administration and fundamental abilities.
National Youth Sports Development Platform, Volunteers in Stampriet facilitated the "Sportjab" lobby to empower inhabitants, particularly the young people of the little town east of Mariental to get the Coronavirus vaccine. The occasion was held in collaboration with the ministries of youth and health, pointed toward educating inhabitants about the significance regarding the vaccine.

Talking at the occasion, Hardap health director Yvonne Stephanus said her service is lucky to have gotten unflinching help from different partners all through the Coronavirus pandemic reaction at various stages. She said the pandemic contrarily affected games, and it is befitting for the games society to join the continuous inoculation crusade with the adolescent in the cutting edge to assume responsibility for the support crusades and urge networks to get immunized as the nation endeavors to arrive at group insusceptibility. "Not having the option to rehearse sports adversely affected games, particularly on grassroots soccer – both at individual and family levels. Your appearance will assist with expanding the pool of infantrymen that are willing and prepared to bestow real data to the individual networks and for this round to the local area of Stampriet and neighboring ranches," she added.
Having similar feelings, head of focus at the Service of Sports, Youth and Public Help Ivan Pieters said a few families were significantly influenced by the limitations acquainted with control the spread of the Covid, as the restriction on physical games implied the people who took part in different games codes to deal with their families couldn't do as such. “We realize that the greater part of the game’s exercises has been hampered by the Coronavirus pandemic – and along these lines, a few families' lights went out. There was no food on the table any longer however for us to stop this, we need to get inoculated for standardization interaction to occur in Namibia," he said.

From the occasion more than 900 individuals got vaccinated in Stampriet.


Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Program 2022

Deadline: 3rd February, 2022

Location: Online

Summary: Applications are now open for the Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS). YYAS is an intensive academic and enrichment program designed for African secondary school students planning to pursue tertiary education and who wish to make meaningful impact as young leaders on the continent.

Details: Participants will enhance their academic skills, receive guidance on university admissions and career path options, and join a network of young leaders from across Africa. Following the program, students will be paired with mentors who will advise them throughout the university application process. There is no tuition cost for students to participate in YYAS.

YYAS 2022 will be an online program held from 20 July to 26 July 2022. Over the seven-day program, participants will utilize various online platforms, including Zoom, to engage in video seminars, lectures, and conversations. Students attending secondary school in ANY African country are eligible to apply. Applicants should be 14-18 years old and in the international equivalent of 11th grade. There is no application fee.


  • Age: You must be at least 14 years old by application deadline (03 February 2022) in order to be considered. Please note that a typical YYAS student is between the ages of 15 and 18.
  • English: You must be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English.
  • Citizenship: You must be a citizen or permanent resident of an African country. YYAS will also accept applications from refugees living in an African country.
  • School location: You must currently attend school in an African country.
  • Grade Level: You must be a current 11th grade student (or the international equivalent).
  • Graduation date:   If you attend school in the Northern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by latest May/June 2023. If you attend school in the Southern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest November/December 2022 and no later than November/December 2023.

If you are currently in your final year or term of secondary school, have already graduated secondary school, or are a university student, then you are NOT eligible to apply.


The following three (3) components are required of all applicants:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcript or grade report(s)
  • One (1) teacher recommendation.

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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