Durban Africa sports club hosted their 4th annual life-skills program from the 29 June to 3rd July 2015 at the Kharwastan Secondary School. Learners from the following schools attended the workshop:
ALENCON, BEACONRIDGE, BAHLEBONKE, KAMANLINEE, ST VINCENTS, JUNGARTH and MARIANNHILL.
These learners had the privilege to have been chosen to attend the workshop.
The following keynote speakers addressed the learners.
DAY 1 - Heather Samuels from EThekwini Health Services who touched on Teenage pregnancy.
DAY 2 – Sandra Daniels who is a Clinical Psychologist spoke on Child abuse.
DAY 3 - Suren Naidoo from SAPS - Search and Rescue Unit, Chatsworth Training Centre, spoke on Careers. Harry Namchunder, a retired and former health inspector spoke on personal hygiene.
Day 4 - Dr Sagie Naicker and former educational inspector Ebrahim Meer UDW Biokineticist spoke on sports nutrition and injuries.
Day 5 - Maureen Thavatiah is a motivational and spiritual speaker addressed the learners on how to love yourself.
The club was blessed my having a special guest KARINA KULIK from the USA South Carolina who is a volunteer at our St Vincent’s Home
Head coach Babes Govender enlightened the players on various topics and also showed them various video footage covering different topics in sport. Some of the topics that he covered extensively on were Anti -Doping in sport, children’s safety in sport and youth sport versus youth crime.
The club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to all our sponsors that contributed in cash and kind and to all those generously provided breakfast and lunch for the week. The following sponsors made this event possible: Estelle Hair and Family, Allan Chetty and Family, TM Govender, Sharon and Family, Vinod Namchunder, Anand Thaver, Thillen Mudaly, Food For Life, Mark and Ragini Archary, Kercy Moodley and Family, Maggie Govender and Family, Kharwastan Secondary for the use of their premises and all their assistance in ensuring that our programme was successful and lastly to the school educators and Principals from participating schools who supported the programme.
The following learners were winners on various quizzes that was held daily.
DAY 1 1. Francis Tebello – Alencon Primary
2. Sinzazo Bheje - Junagarth Primary
3. Trevolan Naidoo- Kamalinee Primary
Day 2 1. Akshay Bundhu - Kamalinee Primary
2. Goodness Machi - Mariannhill Primary
3. Bianca Engelbecht - Junagarth Primary
4. Nicole Londiwe - St Vincents
Day 3 1. Pumelele Bilibano - Alencon Primary
2. Manqoba Zondi - Beaconridge
3. Happiness Sizani – Alencon Primary
4. Zenzele Mbasa - Beaconridge
DAY 4 1. Philiswe Shange – St Vincents
2. Wandile Ntshobane Beacon ridge
3. Magcaba Lungelo – Mariannhill
SPECIAL GUEST KATRINA KULIK from USA Exchange student social working with the St Vincent Home
Comments – My experience with the Durban AFRICA SPORTS CLUB has been very positive. Each year they hold a sports day at St VINCENTS. The event is highly anticipated by the children and had heard so much about the day before it arrived. The sports day was all that the kids made it out to be. It was extremely well organized and was a good mix of fun and sport for all ages. I especially liked that they put a creative twist on the events instead of just running. The kids had to run while holding a cone on their head. It was a wonderful day dedicated to the children.
The club also invited me to participation in their Life Skills Programme. The club’s passion for helping better the youth of South Africa is very evident. The programme is well organized and again a great mix of learning and fun sport.
Durban Africa Sports Club is a wonderful organization who is passionate about helping positively develop the youth in the Durban area and our children at St Vincent’s are very grateful for the organization and some even wrote a thank you letters to the club without being prompted.
Generally clubs should take a leaf from Durban Africa Sports Club Programs.
Durban Africa Sports Club, Executive members, BABES GOVENDER