Malmesbury Project launched
An MOU has been signed between Swartland Municipality and Hope Through Action to build a new community sports centre in Malmesbury.
See below to see what the site looks like now !
Malmesbury is a community approximately 65km north of Cape Town which traces its history back to 1655. In 1745, a mere 24 people were living in the vicinity of the mineral spring, still situated, though only as a small fountain, in the town’s centre. In 1829 it was proclaimed a town by former governor Sir Lowry Cole and renamed ‘Malmesbury’ in honour of his father-in-law, Sir James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury in England. The current population is approximately 36,000 and grew over 56% in the period 2001 to 2011. The residents are 55% coloured, 25% black African and 18% white. 25% of the population are under 14 years old, there is a high percentage, 29%, of households headed by a female.
The project will build an indoor sports centre with training rooms, counselling rooms, showers, seating for c250 and offices for local NGO's. Outside will be a football pitch, cricket pitch, all weather netball court, car parking etc. All the outside pitches will have floodlighting and irrigation.
SCORE will be the lead development partner and the project will be managed by the team who have build the previous two centres, i.e. Lyners Consulting and Power Construction.
The partnership between Swartland Municipality and Hope Through Action is a model example of how local government and a charity can work together to bring about individual and societal change.
The project is estimated to cost cR30m and is jointly funded by Swartland Municipality and Hope Through Action.
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by The Honourable Mayor van Essen, Municipal Manager JJ Scholtz and Jeff Spinks from Hope Through Action
Pictured: Ryk Neethling Val de Vie Foundation Management/ Estate shareholder, Jeff Spinks Hope Through Action, Elton Daniels
Paarl resident Elton Daniels, the first South African to be invited to umpire in the Indoor Cricket Federation World Cup, is now packing for travel to Dubai in September to represent South Africa at this event. Elton is currently South Africa’s number one Action Cricket Umpire and achieved this accolade despite his challenging circumstances.
The invitation to act as umpire was on the basis that travel to and from Dubai would be self-funded, which prompted Elton to get in touch with the Val de Vie Foundation.
The Val de Vie Foundation, upon receiving Elton’s request, approached Hope through Action and Valley of Abundance to jointly assist with making Elton’s dream come true. Within 24 hours, enough funds were collected and Elton received the life changing news. . As a token of his gratitude, Elton committed to cricket coaching in his spare time in the Paarl Valley, to support underprivileged youth sport development.
“I can’t express my gratitude towards all involved, I did not expect that my dream would become a reality, and I am truly grateful”
— Elton Daniels
The Val de Vie Foundation’s mission is to give back to the larger community to help create a better life for all. It is primarily funded by 1% of all developer sales income and 5% of HOA levies from new homes. We target to distribute R100m in the next 8 years to numerous viable community projects in the Berg River Valley.
Hope Through Action was founded in 2008 with the aim to change lives through sport and education. Sport is used as a primary vehicle for change, because it speaks common language across nations, races and colours. A range of programmes and activities are designed to help young people play, learn and develop at world class facilities.
Claud Leon Foundation
We are delighted that the Claud Leon Foundation have agreed to support the work in both the Franschhoek and Mbekweni centres.
The support is for a three year period and structured around programmes which are designed to -
Enable children and young people in Mbekweni and Franschhoek Valley to make positive, healthy life choices and access support to overcome challenges arising from poverty, ill health, crime and social exclusion.
Ensure children and young people have increased their understanding of gender roles and are less likely to become victims or perpetrators of gender based violence
To support and encourage young people to apply the leadership skills they develop through programmes at the centre to bring about changes in their homes and community
Franschhoek Rotary Club
Franschhoek Rotary Club have funded a new Suzuki Ertiga 7 seat vehicle.
The Rotary Club recognised the difficulties we were having in organising the transport of staff and young people between the centres and to/from events.
This vehicle will allow much more integration of communities and will enable us to work with communities on the outskirts of the townships.
We are excited to partner with the local Rotary Club and look forward to working with them, both as a club and as individuals.