This is the human story of helping the schools in Masiphumelele transform their children, teenagers, their families and the community through sport, life-skills training and education
In 2019, Michael Tyhali, the Ukhanyo Primary school Principal, said: “Sport is a game changer!” Children need an identity, a sense of belonging and feeling of spontaneous invincibility one gets through sport. Sport can give the kids a glimpse of their real and unlimited potential. It also leads them away from gangs and drugs as they navigate those sometimes challenging school years.
It is the trilogy of sport, life-skills and education that can lead the learners to a life fulfilled. That is our purpose.
MasiSports has achieved much in four years and needs to sustain this project to assist building the next positive SA generation every year. Become a Masi Champion by donating and make a whole world of difference. Ukhanyo Primary and Masiphumelele High now have a fully-fledged sports programme with facilities, school branded kit and equipment, coaches for each team and a place in the inter-schools’ leagues. Academic results at both schools have improved, as has discipline, teamwork and enjoyment at school.
Masiphumelele is a township situated between Kommetjie and Noordhoek. It was initially known as “Site 5” and renamed by its residents to “Let Us Succeed” in isiXhosa. During Apartheid, residents were continually removed to the suburb of Khayelitsha, over 30 km away, but the numbers began to grow as Apartheid began to unravel from 1990. In 1990, about 8000 residents lived in the area, mostly in shacks, but by 2005, over 26 000 people lived there, many in brick homes. In 2010, the population was estimated at 38 000.
To develop a sports and life skills programme in Ukhanyo Primary and Masi High, the epicentres of Masiphumelele, by building essential sports facilities, engaging inspirational coaches, properly equipping learners with kit and equipment giving them direction to live a life fulfilled.
To integrate a holistic sports programme in the Masi Schools with their education processes that will positively influence the learners, their families and the Masi community. To engage with all schools in the South Peninsular to develop the rainbow nation through social cohesion, gender and racial equity, sport experiences by working closely together.
- Utmost respect for those we serve and for each other
- Participation in decision making by all those affected by our actions
- Empowering all involved to take ownership of their own development
- Integrity and transparency in all our operations
- Long-term sustainability
- Gender & racial justice
- To integrate Masiphumelele with all South Peninsula communities
- Social upliftment through sport