President Zuma visits Mbekweni Community Sports Centre

On the 21st March 2013, we were honoured to welcome President Jacob Zuma to the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre. President Zuma gave his Human Rights Day speech to the nation from the Mbekweni Centre on the theme of “United in advancing socio-economic freedom for all”.


This visit raised the profile of the centre nationally and followed a previous visit by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

31/10/13 Mbekweni celebrates new netball court


Mbekweni celebrated the opening of the new all-weather netball and handball court with an under-15 girls netball tournament. Supported by nine teams from the Boland area, the tournament was won by Pama High School from Khayelitsha.

Netball is a very popular sport and so the court has been particularly welcomed by the centre’s female users. This valuable extension to the facilities at Mbekweni Community Centre will enable greater participation and also support team development and a netball league. And the girls have already begun to experience success, with the under 14 team recently winning the Drakenstein Schools Mayoral Cup Netball Competition. Congratulations!

1/12/13 Welcome to our new ambassadors


We are delighted that Ryk Neethling, Reuben Riffel and Gary Kirsten have agreed to become our ambassadors.

Ryk is an Olympic gold medallist swimmer and the first South African to have competed in four consecutive Olympic Games.

Reuben, who was born in Groendal, is a well know South African chef with three restaurants, two books and a number of television programmes.

Gary is a former South African cricketer and a world cup winning coach.

All our ambassadors are excellent role models for our young people and share our aspirations for their future. They are already raising the profile of Hope Through Action and we look forward to working with them in the future.

25/8/13 Mbekweni Sports Centre as busy as ever……

Winter has been a busy time at the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre. In July we ran the regular holiday club for three weeks, assisted by volunteers from Adidas in Germany. An average of 240 children and young people enjoyed the activities each day over the three week period. The club was largely organised and run by our own young leaders as part of their leadership development programme.

In June, 30 girls attended a Leadership Training Camp in Grabouw, about 150km from Mbekweni. This proved to be a life changing experience for many of the girls. We have also conducted an Active Youth Course for 27 of our young leaders to help them develop as individuals, citizens and community leaders.



We were delighted that two of our young people were chosen to join a Citizenship Camp in Cape Town. They subsequently made a presentation of their experience to the Paarl Rotary Club.


And finally, our own singing group “Chorus” continues to develop and has now sung at a number of prestigious events both near Mbekweni and in Cape Town.

Well done to all the young people who work so hard to make the Mbekweni Centre a vibrant, happy, welcoming and fun place.

25/10/12 Kicking AIDS Out!

 “When I asked an elderly person about HIV/AIDS they would just shout at me instead of explaining to me how it works. This workshop helped a lot because now I can tell how HIV/AIDS can be treated, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you are HIV positive, how HIV becomes AIDS, the characteristics and challenges of Kicking AIDS Out Peer Leader and many more.”

“What really brings joy to my heart is that I had a lot of fun and I learned at the same time.”


Wonderful feedback from our young people who attended the Kicking AIDS Out peer leader training workshops delivered by Eric, a SCORE trainer from Limpopo province who recently visited the centre. Not only did the young people learn about HIV & AIDS, they also developed their own self-awareness and confidence.

“Most of all I’ve learnt that I might not be someone’s first choice, but I am a great choice. I may not be rich but I am valuable. I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not because I am good at being me. I might not be proud of some of the things I’ve done in the past, but I am proud of who I am today.”

The peer leaders will now start sharing their knowledge with the young people of Mbekweni, acting together to ‘Kick AIDS Out’.