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

Restoring Dignity through SSCN Humanitarian Aid Programme  

In Response to the Pandemic “Covid 19” that has affected our livelihoods and the economy of the South Africa. The Sport for Social Change Network launched “The SSCN Humanitarian Aid Programme” in partnership with The Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Beloved Community Coalition. "Learn to give not because you have much but because you know what it feels like to have nothing - anonymous" .

The main objective of the programme is to  contribute towards “Saving Lives, Relieving Suffering and Maintaining Human Dignity." The Sport for Social Change Network had identified 5 SSCN Members and 2 Schools as a strategic partner to locate community members and beneficiaries of the organizations that have been affected heavily by the pandemic to receive food parcels. The following Members and Schools were selected.

  • Nyara Youth Development – “Eastern Cape”
  • Brits United FC- “North-West”
  • JSM Community Project – “Limpopo”
  • Lesedi La Batho – “Gauteng”
  • Borussia Commondale – “Mpumalanga”
  • Laerskool Wonderboom-Suid – “Wonderboom Pretoria”
  • Jeppe Primary School- “Johannesburg Gauteng”

Each member had the responsibility to identify 50 destitute families from the surrounding areas that will receive the food parcels. The Sport for Social Change Network were aligned to the guidelines set by the South African’s Disaster Management Act’s and the World Food Programme (WFP) guidelines and the Covid-19 protocols had been practiced.

The food parcels contained the following items “Brown Sugar, White Rice, Flour, Cooking oil, Peanut Butter, Maize Meal, Bull Brand Meat, Tea Pack, Powered Soup, Dry Yeast Sachets and Baked beans" A total number of food parcels distributed were 345 and a total of 1444 mouths were fed according to the head count per household. The beneficiaries expressed emotions of gratitude and were thankful for the little they had received. 


 Play proud with Altus Sport playing ground !

Altus Sport utilizes sport as a tool for community, youth and girl empowerment with the support from strong public and corporate partners. The 3rd wave of the Corona virus in South Africa has started to hamper on planned activities at Altus sport. Luckily, on the 28th of May 2021 Altus Sport was able to host an informative GLBTQ+ event at the Rosina Sedibane Madiba Sport School in Laudium.

Zi Teffo and Christina Kutumela, who are part of the Altus Sport team in the international Play Proud programme, managed an adapted event with great success. Play Proud, is a youth-focused gender & sexuality empowerment program which aims at playing sport more inclusive and accessible to all backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations. It encourages a safe space for school sport, free from harassment and bullying.

Eighty grade 9-11 learners participated and received wristbands putting out messages of zero tolerance to all forms of discrimination. A physical activity session and shoot-out replaced the Street soccer tournament due to Covid-19 regulations. Exciting to observe was the talent and insight these young leaders brought to the fore through role play, debate, creative art & writing and games to explore the meaning of “safe spaces”. Avenues used were respect, fair play, my rights, and gender equality. 

Zanele Mchunu Flying High at Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV)
Lungisisa Indlela Village  (LIV)  provides holistic, residential care for orphaned and vulnerable children to Rescue a child, Restore a life, Raise a leader and Release a star.

LIV exists to raise the next generation of leaders in our generation. They place vulnerable, parentless children into a family environment where they receive unconditional love, spiritual discipleship, care and nurturing and where all their needs are met. HIV/AIDS and poverty have resulted in many children being abandoned and orphaned. They want these children to grow up equipped with essential moral values and life skills to be a generation that will influence positive change within South Africa, our continent and the world.

Zanele Mchunu  joined LIV and soon became a loved daughter in the house.  She attended LIV School and moved over to LIV Training at the beginning of 2019, to join the AET Programme.  Then, at the beginning of 2020, Zanele was given wings to fly and she joined “We are food”.
Jane Weare and Amy Weare took her under their wings and have guided Zanele gently on her transition into the working world.  Zanele recently received an outstanding performance review from her evaluation of work well done at 'We are Food.

At "We are Food " they  are passionate about the upliftment and upskilling of key individuals from their community. Through their close relationship with LIV, they  were able to offer Zanele a training opportunity within our kitchen. During this time, they noticed her passion and desire to grow and learn more, her ability to fit within the team, and her great attitude towards any task at hand. What started as a temporary position, is now a full-time, indefinite learnership position as a proud member of the prepping team, where she is becoming a highly-skilled and much-loved member of this dynamic group.

Lungisisa Indlela Village is so proud of  Zanele and they wish that she grows from strength to strength. "Well done for maximising the opportunity and using the experience to grow to your full potential" -LIV team. 

Celebrating 10 year Evolution of Waves for Change
South African youth are falling through the cracks of a mental health crisis that constitutes a silent pandemic yet to be addressed with the urgency it demands.

Waves for Change (W4C) is a community-based NGO providing surf-therapy to young people living across 47 under-resourced and disadvantaged communities in South Africa. They  have five sites across the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, and employ 44 youth coaches who, during their two-year learnership contract deliver the 10-month curriculum-backed Surf Therapy programme to more than 1500 children annually.

By developing an advocacy arm at W4C they aim to be recognized as a best-practice mental health organization that can play a training and mentoring role in mainstreaming access to services across South Africa that are responsive to the mental health needs of young people. They also aim to do this  through increasing access to community based mental health services and by sharing our active ingredients with others. 

On their road to influencing the national and global discourse on mental health, they are fortunate to be in partnership with Orygen: a global mental health organization that works alongside the United Nations and influences the trajectory of advising nation states on policies to adopt in addressing mental health on a national level.

On the 31st of May and the 14th of June Waves for Change and the The Swedish Postcodes Foundation hosted a two-part webinar series hosted to explore important themes and learn from and be inspired by each other. The webinars included a fireside chat with Jamie Marshall and Simon Rosenbaum where they explored the core ingredients to using sport to effectively support positive mental health from a research perspective. Inclusive was also discussions around the development through sport community shares so much in common, including the vision of increased access to vital health services around the world and they were thrilled to be part of this global mission. Recording of their Webinar are available on their YouTube channel.  

After their ten year long journey of changing lives "ONE WAVE AT A TIME" and transitioning from a surf initiative into a globally recognised child-friendly mental health programme; W4C Brings to you the evolution of Waves for Change's brand and personality. The redesign of the brand was launched this month and the rebrand represents South African culture and the Afro surf culture. 
"If in doubt, paddle it out - Nat Young"


Special Olympics South Africa ; Brand South Africa  and Sport For Social Change Network  Partner to commemorate Youth Day 2021
Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968 and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5 million athletes and Unified partners in more than 180 countries.

On the 15th of June, Brand South Africa Sport for Social Change Network and Special Olympics South Africa partnered on a youth empowerment workshop to commemorate National Youth Day in South Africa.

The organisations hosted a leadership focused workshop to an audience of 25 athletes with an intellectual disability affiliated with Special Olympics.  The aim of the workshop was to provide leadership skills training and to promote discussion around many of the challenges being faced by the youth in South Africa today.
The youth at the workshop were joined by Special Olympics South Africa Ambassadors Letshego Zulu, Mark Fish, Diamond Thopolo, Sbu Shongwe and Paul Kamanga. Each of the ambassadors shared skills and personal learnings with the athlete leaders who were able to engage with them directly.

The workshop made strong emphasis on the importance of leadership and encouraged Special Olympics South Africa athletes and leaders to advocate for the persons living with an intellectual disability, and also to provide strong leadership within the organisation itself.

Special Olympics South Africa CEO, Ms Ancilla Smith, who presented on the day said “ We are committed to using our leadership work to drive change. As much as what the focus of this workshop was to develop leadership skills amongst our athletes; they are also advocating for and teaching us what inclusive leadership means. Our athletes have the potential to teach leaders without disabilities how to improve their behaviours and practices, adapt from the ‘norm’, and make their organizations more inclusive. The end result is that everyone gains a new perspective on potential, leadership and true inclusion. I cannot think of a more appropriate lesson for us all to learn on National Youth Day"

Ms Pumeza Ceza, Strategic Relationship Manager from Brand South Africa shared the following; “ As Brand South Africa we encourage the youth to play their part and get involved in making a significant change to their surroundings. These are our future leaders. We must aspire to build an inclusive society where every member is considered  important and must contribute to change. In so doing, then we would know that this, the 25th year anniversary of South Africa's constitution, is not in vain…”

The event Also put more emphasis on sport and there was  strong messaging around the importance of health, fitness and mental health during the current Covid pandemic. Mr.  Allan Williams, Network CEO of Sports for Social Change  Network, said;“ If we take our youth seriously, provide tools to strengthen their natural prowess, and empower them to make the changes they want to see in the world, then this planet and its creatures have the chance to heal and flourish. #I don’t celebrate youth day….I commemorate it.”


Ubuntu United Nations Training 2021
Deadline: 30th June 2021

Summary: Are you a changemaker making an impact in your community? Would like to have your voice heard and speak to issues that affect you as a young person in your country or region and globally? Would you like to get mentored by former heads of states, Nobel peace prize laureates and other inspiring Global Leaders? Apply now for the inagural Ubuntu Leaders Academy – Ubuntu United Nations Training 2021.

Details: Under the Patronage of His Excellency Mr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of the Republic of Portugal, with the support of the UN Secretary General Mr António Guterres and facilitated with certification from IPAV, an European Institute, the Ubuntu Leaders Academy UUN is a training and dialogue platform that seeks to bring changemakers across the world to speak on issues affecting them, to learn and share ideas with world leaders such as Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Former Heads of State and other global leaders through Intergenerational dialogue. The Ubuntu United Nations will bring together 3 young people from each country of the 193 countries that are represented at the United Nations.

Program Details:
The Ubuntu United Nations will create a platform for the youth to acquire knowledge and skills to engage with peers and Global Leaders, learning from the exemplary leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Desmond Tutu among others. The Ubuntu United Nations training will be for 25 hours over 5 themed sessions conducted online, between October 24, 2021, and December 19, 2021, participation is free of charge.

During the training sessions ULA UUN in collaboration with Club de Madrid’s “Shared Societies” project, young people will also add their voices to Global Issues including:
  • Peace and Reconciliation.
  • Gender Equality.
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion.
  • Intercultural/ Interfaith Dialogue.
  • Environmental crisis.
  • The Ubuntu Leaders Academy and the Ubuntu Global Network will award a certificate of participation at the end of the training program, to all participants who have fully attended the sessions and complied with the regulations of the Ubuntu United Nations (1st edition).
  • Open to young leaders aged between 18-35 from across the world.
  • English language proficiency is essential.
  • Full attendance is an essential requirement.
In the application form you need to:
  • Attach one photo of yourself.
  • Share a YouTube link containing a 3-minute video (max), in English, introducing yourself and letting them know about your motivation to attend the Ubuntu training

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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Account no.: 105 0944 089
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