THE Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Africa, in partnership with the Leading Like Mandela organisation, hosted the first-ever SSCN Africa Awards on Wednesday, 23 November in Joburg.
The awards were also broadcast live on SABC Sport.
SSCN and SABC served as the playground for victory for sports development on the continent, with 138 grassroots organisations from 13 countries, in attendance.
Invited guests from across the continent and the media attended the night looking all sporty.
This game-changing event gave recognition to individuals and organisations that use sport to drive social impact programmes within their immediate communities.
Deserving winners from across the continent were presented with various awards across categories that included health and well-being and economic empowerment.
Athenkosi Mayinje from United Through Sport, which won the Gender Equality Award, shared that he is very happy that their organisation won and that this first of many to come.
“Wow, I am really happy and proud of our organisation for winning the first award of the SSCN Awards. I also started as a student in the organisation and now I’m here collecting the award on behalf of the organisation. It’s amazing and we will continue helping young people,” he said.
Waves For Change won the Good Health and Well-Being Award. Co-founder Apish Tshetsha shared with Daily Sun that winning this award came as a shock, but they are happy they won.
“First and foremost, as the co-founder of Waves For Change, I am grateful for the award and also I am happy. When our name was called out I was shocked and didn’t believe it but you know what, 11 years of us operating, we have people who recognise and see the good work we do of teaching young people how to swim and surf, so yes I’m shocked but also happy,” he said.
Founder of Leading Like Mandela, under the Thembekile Mandela Foundation, Ndileka Mandela shared with Daily Sun that though this is a new partnership between the two organisations, a lot of good and positive work has been done before and since the partnership.
“We have partnered with them because it encompasses what we do as a foundation, so it goes hand-in-hand with our three pillars: health, education and new development. So we are proud to be in partnership with SSCN because young people in the rural areas are uplifted by these organisations who educate, groom and prepare them for the career world in sports. This has been a three-week partnership but already a lot of good work is being done,” said Ndileka.
Here are some of the SCN Africa Award winners:
• Good Health and Well-being Award – Waves for Change (Muizenberg, Cape Town)
• Safe Sport Award – School of Hardknocks (Woodstock, Cape Town)
• Gender Equality Award - United Through Sport (UTS) (Newton Park, Gqeberha)
• Quality Education Award - Altus Sport (Silver Lakes Golf Estate, Pretoria)
• Environment Award – I am Water (Muizenberg, Cape Town)
• Inclusion Award – Bacop (Mukono)
• Social Cohesion Award – Youth Sport Uganda (Kampala)
• Economic Empowerment Award – Special Education Professionals, SEP (Nairobi)