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Saturday, 11 March 2017

#PlayMakers Graduate in Diepsloot Safe-Hub @TsogoSun @MonteCasinoZA #MakeYourPlay

Hi Guys,

The Diepsloot Safe-Hub, which recently celebrated its first year of successful operation for learners in the community, has also seen the graduation of its first intake of 11 PlayMakers in a one-year Sports Administration learnership and leadership and has launched the second intake.

The Diepsloot Safe-Hub is giving more than 2 000 local youngsters from grades R to matric regular access to a safe environment for facilitated sports, arts, life skills lessons, personal development, accredited training courses – and the opportunity for a better future. The PlayMakers are young people between the ages of 18 and 27 from Diepsloot who work at the Safe-Hub with the children in the various activities, implementing the EduFootball programme with the participants, and gaining valuable work experience and training to become more employable. They are committed to changing their communities and being positive role models to children and youth. Throughout the accredited NQF level 4 in Sports Administration learnership, they also go through personal development training to help them successfully transfer into future employment, education or training.
Group of 2017 Safe-Hub PlayMakers ,2016 PlayMaker Graduate (now Programme Officer) Elizabeth Mabusela and Glenn Joseph Montecasino MD
Group of 2017 Safe-Hub PlayMakers ,2016 PlayMaker Graduate (now Programme Officer) Elizabeth Mabusela and Glenn Joseph Montecasino MD
The Diepsloot Safe-Hub was funded and built by AMANDLA EduFootball in collaboration with the Oliver Kahn Foundation and Tsogo Sun’s Montecasino entertainment destination, as part of its CSI activities. The on-going programme is delivered by AMANDLA through a funding partnership with Montecasino at an investment of more than R4 million over three years.

The 11 PlayMakers who graduated from the learnership in December also completed other accredited qualifications that include First Aid Level 1, a SAFA Referee course, SAFA Coaching D licence, basic computer literacy, as well as AMANDLA #MakeYourPlay workshops that cover facilitation, conflict resolution, relationship building, goal setting, professional communication, sexual harassment, and financial management.

Elizabeth Mpolokeng Mabusela, aged 20, graduated as a PlayMaker last year and has been appointed as a Programme Officer at the Safe-Hub. She says that being part of AMANDLA EduFootball as a PlayMaker was a great experience because “we got the opportunity to change the community and to change ourselves as individuals.” She adds that the PlayMaker learnership year was not easy, but it was exciting and the team worked well together and learned a lot. “I found out that hard work pays off and it reminded me of my Mother’s words. She said, ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams and work hard for them’.”

Says Nomawethu Sokoyi, line manager of PlayMakers, “Our PlayMakers have worked hard at implementing our programmes at Diepsloot and have positively impacted the young participants’ lives. They have had the opportunity to practically apply their learnings in a professionally managed workplace on a daily basis – and their professional conduct has visibly improved throughout the year, which was assessed through quarterly reviews by line management.”

By the time they graduated, most of the PlayMakers had already secured opportunities for further education and employment in various areas, including in Sports Management at the University of Johannesburg, Virgin Active Fitness Instructor, grassroots soccer facilitators, retail shop assistant, and a Safe-Hub Programme Officer.

Adds Glenn Joseph, GM of Montecasino, “Over the course of the year, through our interactions with the Safe-Hub, it has been wonderful to see the PlayMakers building strong and caring relationships with the young learners who attend the Safe-Hub programmes. We are committed to investing in Diepsloot through our CSI programmes as it’s on our doorstep and home to many of our staff members, and we are proud of the success of the Safe-Hub in its first year of operation.”

Joseph congratulated the PlayMakers on successfully completing the course in 2016. “You have done all of us proud and you will always be strong brand ambassadors of the Safe-Hub and role model the values you have learned within your community. As the first intake of Diepsloot Safe-Hub PlayMakers you have set an excellent benchmark for those who will follow you this year and in the years to come.” Joseph wished them the best of luck in their future endeavours and wished the new intake of PlayMakers a great year of growth, development, and enjoyment.

The 2017 Diepsloot PlayMakers learnership launched on 13 February with 13 learners (eight girls and five boys).

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