South Africa: Liverpool manager Klopp donate R190,000 to South African youth club

The Reds manager visited the Cape Town based club in 2017 and has not forgotten to help them with their football development this season too.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp contributed to the Joy is Round initiative, run by Hout Bay United Football Community in South Africa.
The Cape Town club only has children aged between seven and 18-years and aims to instill hope in the community.

Co-founder of Hout Bay United, Jeremy Elson shared the following glowing words for the German coach.

“Jurgen is a fantastic chap to have associated with the club,” Elson said, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

“He came and did a talk in 2017, where he spoke about his time as a manager, his philosophy, football, his ambitions.

“He spoke for over two hours in total, everyone was captivated by him.

“The most amazing thing about him is how humble he is.”

One can follow the start of the social media reaction from South Africa to Klopp’s donation, and also watch the Liverpool manager talk about the initiative in a video below.

Written by Zain Khan Goal reporter

Source Goal

South Africa: Western Cape youth are hungry for change

By Muhammad Khalid Sayed

Time spent electioneering for the ANC in the Western Cape has been a journey into the hearts and minds of the youth who are hungry for an opportunity to walk tall in the new South Africa.

Over the past few months, I have been privileged to be part of the leadership of the ANC Youth League that has been electioneering for the ANC in the Western Cape.

It has been a journey that took us into dwellings that were in informal settlements, townships, rural areas and even middle-class suburbs.

Many of these dwellings were not what one would traditionally call a home. But to its occupants they were home, a place one could view as one’s own space, even if at times there was not a crumb of food, electricity or running water.

The journey through dwellings in the Western Cape to meet young people, view their circumstances, and talk with them about why it was important to register and vote for the ANC on May 8 has been a voyage of discovery.

It was a journey into the hearts and minds of the segment that makes up the biggest part of the South African population: the youth – my constituency, the young ones who one day will be viewed as the older generation.

I was struck by the hunger burning in their eyes. It was not a hunger that said “gimme gimme because I’m entitled to it”. It also was not a hunger that was screaming loudly “we want handouts because the country owes us”.

No, it was a hunger for integrity, self-respect, education and the chance to walk tall in this new South Africa. The youth with whom I had had soul-searching discussions were not part of those who go about bringing educational institutions to a standstill by destroying buildings or blocking access to educational institutions.

The young people I spoke to knew the value of education and were conversant with or open to discussing what drove those young rebels with a cause, such as Anton Lembede, Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu, to add fire to the liberation struggle and form the ANC Youth League.

The example of these firebrands and the story of how they rejuvenated the ANC 75 years ago was appealing. Looking back it was their intervention that ended with Nelson Mandela taking office as the first black president of South Africa.

Today, South Africa is again looking to its youth for inspiration. But a distinction must be drawn between the various youth formations attached to political parties. As the ANC Youth League, we are the true heirs of Lembede, Sisulu, Tambo and Mandela. We carry the hopes, fears and aspirations of our people. We are different from the youth that hang on the words and politics of the divisive Julius Malema and the whinging Mmusi Maimane.

In the Western Cape, the ANC Youth League, aware of the big shoes that we have to fill, is campaigning for a united province, where we will not refer to fellow citizens as refugees, as Helen Zille once did. We are earnest about tackling crime, making our schools safe sites of learning and boosting the participation of youth in business. Youth employment and participation in sport are also important to us.

So, too, is our support for the leader of the ANC and President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa. He is our leader and one of the most respected presidents in the history of our glorious movement, South Africa and the globe.

However, he faces a multitude of challenges in steering the ANC in the right direction and also taking the country out of treacherous waters. In May, he’ll be asking the electorate for a mandate for the ANC to govern for another five years. We are behind President Ramaphosa in seeking this mandate. We have his back.

It’s in our interest that South Africa becomes a successful democracy that will fill all of us with hope, confidence and excitement about the future. If we want to continue the recovery we cannot be uninvolved when it comes to politics and elections. Our future is on the line and, like 1944, the Youth League is ready to serve South Africa.

The situation, as we all know, is critical. When President Ramaphosa launched the ANC Election Manifesto he said that we live in a country where, by the broader definition, over nine million South Africans are unemployed. Disturbing for us is that out of every 10 young South Africans, four are neither in employment nor in education and training.

This is a situation that mischief-making politicians are all too willing to exploit. No one could have said it better than the president when he remarked: “This is a tragedy of vast proportions, a direct challenge to the promise of our democratic constitution and the cause of great hardship and despair.”

We have launched our elections manifesto. At the core of our electioneering is a resolve to help the ANC win a decisive majority as called for by President Ramaphosa.

Such a win will give him the mandate to introduce changes that only the ANC can, accelerate the fight against corruption, build a developmental state that puts people first and that also has dedicated public servants who work diligently to improve the lives of the people.

As youth leaders, we commit ourselves to support a skills revolution in South Africa. We applaud the president’s undertaking to open up the doors of learning to all to equip young South Africans for the world of tomorrow. We also praise plans to expand fee-free education for students from poor and working-class backgrounds to cover both first- and second-year students.

The Youth League agrees that a priority for our country is the rights of women and ending discrimination and preventing violence against women and girls. We also call on all South Africans to work together to end gender-based violence and the patriarchal practices that give rise to it.

During my engagements with young people in the Western Cape, I have been made aware, over and over again, that our youth are disgruntled with the DA and want to see the change in the Western Cape.

But anger alone will not bring in the New Dawn in our province. Voting for the ANC will. That is why we are campaigning and urging all young people to vote for the change that President Ramaphosa is promising.

Source Daily Maverick

Youth Voices Acting to End the Stigma of Homelessness and Menstruation in Africa


By Cleopatra Okumu


Imagine, on a day when you had your period, if you had to choose between buying food or pads. What would your priority be? This difficult decision is a reality for homeless women each and every month.

The routine tasks of managing personal hygiene and basic needs present them with a tough choice.

An organization based in Cape Town is tackling this dilemma by providing homeless and underprivileged girls and women with menstrual products. Since 2016, Girls with Wiings has been assisting 250 girls and women in 11 locations with sanitary products every month.

“Our most powerful tool when it comes to menstrual health management is action. It’s the power of getting involved, speaking up and taking action,” says Koinonia Baloyi, 28, founder of Girls With Wiings.

Using fitness as a platform to raise resources

True to her words, in 2017 she completed the London Marathon and raised R21,000 (about $1500) for her organization. She uses fitness and well-being as one of her platforms to mobilize funds to provide menstrual health products to girls and women.

“We are giving women a safer and more hygienic alternative to using cloth material and napkins, as well as restoring their dignity,” she says.

Ms. Baloyi initiated the Fitness for a Cause Campaign, which hosted a public outdoor fitness camp in in 2018. She was motivated to do so by commitments made at the first East and Southern African Regional Symposium on Menstrual Health Management, which was organized by UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office and the Department of Women in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2018.

The #Fit4Wings event, which was conducted by local celebrity fitness instructors, saw Girls With Wings raise R50,000 (about $3650). The money purchased 1000 bags containing reusable sanitary pads, soap, a face cloth and underwear.

“This campaign has contributed significantly towards the advocacy of menstrual health management,” says Ms. Baloyi. “We have seen an increase in both awareness and participation in menstrual heath issues by large corporates, as well as men, through active partnerships, sponsorships and participation in these events.”

Inspiring continuous action

With their aspirational name, Girls With Wiings is about inspiring continuous action and not allowing homeless and underprivileged girls, women and other people who menstruate to be alienated from society because of their inability to manage their menstrual health.

“Menstrual health management is something we need to keep talking about until it is a normal part of our everyday conversation, until it is something we don’t shy away from,” she says.

Ms. Baloyi is one of 400 practitioners who have joined the African Coalition for Menstrual Health, the aim of which is to strengthen the voices of its members. She believes her involvement will amplify the voices of practitioners and activists who have come together to address the menstrual health challenges of those who are so often left behind – including girls, women and other people who menstruate, the homeless, and those in prison or fleeing a humanitarian crisis.


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South Africa: Nigel Savel started a surfing initiative in Cape Town to help change the lifestyle of many young children impoverished in poverty and gangsterism.

Poverty and crime are some of the ongoing crisis in South Africa.

Recently, the University of Cape Town released the 2018 South African Child Gauge report which revealed that more than six million children are living under the poverty line.

Last month, Stats SA released a report that states that crime increased by 5% from the previous year, with 1.5 million household crimes reported.

Nigel Savel is a Capetonian who started a surfing initiative to help change the lifestyle of many young children impoverished in poverty and gangsterism.

His 9Mile Project seeks to help young people overcome social challenges, as he noted the lack of youth problems in many Cape Town communities.

“I saw there was no youth or preventative problems to help for young people to prevent these problems.”

Savel says he aims to make his initiative reachable to every Cape Town youth subject to social issues such as crime and poverty, with hopes of witnessing the youth’s purpose and victories unfold.

Source – EWN

South Africa: Creating opportunities for unemployed youth

By Mercury Reporter

One of South Africa’s leading transformation consultancies, BEE Novation, will be hosting a one day seminar dealing with the latest developments in transformative BEE and the benefits of implementation of the YES initiative.

The YES initiative encourages corporates to create employment opportunities for unemployed black youth by incentivising the private sector to participate through rewarding companies with higher BBBEE scorecard levels if they meet the targets.

The benefits of YES

Increase your BEE scorecard by up to two levels by implementing YES.

Meet and listen to the opinion creators and decision makers in charge of YES, DTI and BEE to understand the best approaches to implementing BEE and transformation initiatives across the South African landscape, through the YES programme

Free labour in your business or NPO if you have Y.E.S beneficiaries placed with your company.

Meet and interact with key players and executives in BEE and transformation initiatives including verification agencies, consultants, BEE/transformation managers and engage the DTI with technical questions on implementation of Y.E.S.

Understand the link between Employment Equity, the BCE (Basic Conditions of Employment) Act and YES participants.

Learn how best to align and structure your YES beneficiary spend and at the same time improve your procurement points in the process.

Understand how YES implementation partners and enhances government and business collaboration.

Contribute to increased economic growth, investment, social and political stability and the reduction of our country`s unemployment rate.

Position your company ahead of the competition through the implementation of YES

Have your questions on BEE answered by experts in the field of transformation.

The seminar will take place at the Gold Business Club at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday, November 23 from 9am.

Source – IOL

South Africa: Liberal Arts student establishes Youth Enterprise Program

By Amanda Miller

William Okrafo-Smart, a senior double majoring in psychology and global and international studies with minors in sociology and economics in College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State, spent the past summer interning with IKhaya Le Langa, a nonprofit organization in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ikhaya Le Langa engages in entrepreneurial and community development to reverse the legacy of apartheid in Langa, Cape Town. The organization works to revitalize the Langa Quarter, an area housing approximately 7,000 people, through different projects to make the township cleaner, greener and safer.

Okrafo-Smart considered studying abroad a “must-do” even before he entered college. Knowing he had only one summer left for an international experience, he went to the Education Abroad Fair to find a program to best fit his interests. Council on International Educational Exchange’s internship abroad program stood out to him and he eventually found an internship in Cape Town, South Africa.

Okrafo-Smart received funding from the Career Enrichment Network in the College of the Liberal Arts to support his international experience. The network is a resource for all Liberal Arts students who are seeking opportunities to engage in career-related, international and professional development activities.

During his internship, Okrafo-Smart established a Youth Enterprise Program. Aimed at introducing the youth of Langa to the foundational aspects of entrepreneurship, he designed, implemented and facilitated a five-week series of workshops. Through the program, students set up informal businesses to help their community. He taught several workshops as well, discussing topics like personal development, leadership, business fundamentals, and marketing.

Okrafo-Smart credits his liberal arts education with not only helping him succeed with his project but with landing the opportunity to work on it in the first place.

“My employer was excited to see that I majored in psychology and global and international studies (wealth and inequality pathway). He told me that my areas of study were perfect for understanding and unpacking the intergenerational trauma that haunted the community as well as being able to understand the economic aspects of poverty. He gave me the project because of my background. My liberal arts education allowed me to effectively work on a project that had a meaningful impact on a community in need.” — William Okrafo-Smart, senior at Penn State

Okrafo-Smart currently serves as an advanced facilitation coach at World in Conversation, a center for public diplomacy in the College of the Liberal Arts that hosts cross-cultural dialogues. As a coach, he helps design workshops to teach conflict transformation and management. He is also a family leader for BLUEprint, a peer-mentoring organization that assists first-year and change-of-campus students of color with their transition to Penn State. He was also an ambassador for the Multicultural Resource Center Leadership Council.

While Okrafo-Smart still isn’t sure exactly what career he wants to pursue after graduation, his internship helped him realize his passion for social change, and he hopes to work with a non-profit organization.

“I went into this internship curious about the field of social entrepreneurship and community development. This internship has taught me much regarding global development, tenacity, and creative freedom, what it takes to be a social entrepreneur and what it means to work with a community in need. This experience has also made me feel bolder and empowered me and fueled my passion to work in a position of social change for my long-term goals.”

Anyone who would like to help Liberal Arts students pursue internships, study abroad, research, and other enrichment experiences like Okrafo-Smart’s, may visit the College of the Liberal Arts’ Giving Tuesday page and give to the Liberal Arts Edge Fund on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Graduates of the last decade can double their impact because the University will match their gifts up to $100 on Giving Tuesday.

Source – PennState

South Africa: Youth say YES to greener futures

To address youth unemployment, CapeNature and the Department of Environmental Affairs celebrated their successful first year of the Youth Environmental Services (YES) Programme with a graduation of 110 participants.

The YES Programme objectives include skills development through acquiring 120 credits from the scarce skills courses identified, local economic development for services and procurement related to the programme, and community service interventions.

Both entities aim to address challenges of youth unemployment and prioritise local communities living in and adjacent to the nature reserves across the Western Cape.

The funding for the programme by the Department of Environmental Affairs will empower 272 youths over two years from communities in dire need.

CapeNature chief executive Dr Razeena Omar said: “This particular programme affirms our commitment to promote the education of women, in that 64 out of the 110 graduates are women.”

The programme, run by the People and Conservation component of Cape-Nature, includes skills development in natural resource guardianship, community house-building, tourism guiding, new venture creation and assistant chef training.

Along with forming successful partnerships with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, Benchmark, Nedbank and Old Mutual, the graduates have been catapulted into positions within the environment, tourism sector, construction and hospitality industries.

Source – Cape Times