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A dance that tells a story VELANI LUDIDI
ontemporary dance was once regarded as a dance for the elite, but this notion seems to be rapidly changing. The dance form has been introduced to youths of Lwandle by professional dancer Zimkhitha Ngaleka. The 21-year-old has tapped into her fluent dancing skills to plough back into her community, by teaching contemporary dance, an art form developed in the mid-20th century. This style of dance is especially popular in the US and Europe. “I went to an art school and was the only black girl in the contemporary dance class,” Ngaleka told City Vision. “This is exactly what happened at tertiary level as well.” Determined to change this, the talented dancer started teaching young children this “foreign” dance. “I want to increase the number of black people performing this dance, because contemporary dance is more than just a dance,” she said. “It is also a way for artists to express themselves without uttering a word.” In her endeavour to bring the art form to the township, Ngaleka founded Silukamva School of Excellence, a school that has several young members. Since the school’s inception, the young dancers have performed at major events in and outside their area, including a performance at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch. Ngaleka says it has not been easy getting youths to be part of her journey. “First I had to dance for them; some gave me weird looks because they could not understand what I was doing,” she recalled. “After a while, they got used to it and today we are dancing up a storm.” Siyamthanda Ntenda (14) started dancing
Zimkhitha Ngaleka (centre) teaches children of the Silukamva School of Excellence in Lwandle contemporary dance. PHOTO: VELANI LUDIDI
when Silukamva was established in 2015. “It was difficult to understand and execute the moves, because I was used to traditional dance and isipantsula,” she said. “But now I am a very good dancer, and we are often complimented by our audiences.” Eleven-year-old Siyolise Kutwana said: “I like this type of dance because it’s challeng-
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Readers on the Cabinet reshuffle MZWANELE MKALIPI
he recent reshuffle of the Cabinet by President Cyril Ramaphosa is still on everyone’s lips, all around the country. City Vision took to the streets to find out from our readers what their views and thoughts are about the changes made after the recalling and subsequent resignation of former President Jacob Zuma.
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Azola Myaca: “I just hope these changes will also come down to us in Lwandle, and as youth we witness meaningful change. We need sport facilities to keep our youth, so they can move away from indulging in drugs. Youth also need bursaries so they can study further.” PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI
Silindile Sihlangu: “Firstly, it was important to change the President when people no longer have trust in him, which also affects how investors view our country. Change is good when people are not doing what they are supposed to do. Remember these stakeholders represent us, so they must be changed when they fail to do that. All they need to do is lead by example.”
Mthobeli Mankayi: “I think this is a compromise cabinet. I for one do not believe he would have brought back Bathabile (Dlamini), (Malusi) Gigaba, Nomvula (Mokonyana) back into this cabinet if it was all about him. These people we know thrive on politics of the stomach not the development of the country. But I am happy with (Nhlanhla) Nene, (Pravin) Gordhan to bring trust to investors to invest in the country. I think this cabinet was about unity and, after the 2019 elections, Cyril will use his prerogative as President to elect his own cabinet.”
Nobongile Enock: “We always have hope when there are changes to the things we complain about. So, at this point I can’t really tell how things will be. But, we will give them a chance, and see how they do things. When the time is right, then we can complain or applaud the work being done.”
Thank God Zuma stepped down without ‘bloodshed’ How former President Thabo Mbeki responded to his recall served as a good lesson. He didn’t use the army, which would not have been a problem to the South African public. But he demonstrated that it was a matter of being a genuine and principled deployee of the ANC. But the question still stands: what if he had used the army? Where do our security structures, the army in particular, stand in such a quagmire? The citizens of this country need not cross fingers about what the army would do in a situation like the one we were in recently. South Africa is a democracy that is respected across the world; it stands out on the African country as a beacon of democratic and constitutional values. In the struggle for liberation that preceded our democracy, separation of powers was one of many issues raised. Under apartheid, the army was deployed to do the dirty work of politicians. We should have drawn lessons from the “recall” of Mbeki about the role of the army in such situations. What we need to do is clarify things — after all, democracy does operate from a book. There must be a clear-cut position between recall and the Constitution. The society should be informed or educated, and the army as well. The army must not be a concern. The army serves the state (the country’s citizens) and not the party in power or the Presi-
Thembile Ndabeni dent, even if he or she is commander-inchief. The army is not expected to rise up against its commander’s commander or the nation. Another factor is the powers the head of state has in dismissing his deputy, ministers and other state officials. The challenge is the misuse of those powers, and not being against the powers. This becomes a dilemma, but how is it addressed? Either/or is not a solution, but bridging the two is. You need a head of state with powers to dismiss the ministers, if there is a need, and they are found to do things that compromise the government and state, the nation. But the issue of settling scores, dismissing some in favour of oth-
ers, pulling rank or tyranny must not be part of the deal. In conclusion, society shouldn’t have fears about the security structures, especially the army, when the ruling party or nation has a problem with the head of state. Security structures serve the nation, society, and not the president, even he or she is head of the armed services. Even intelligence services and the police serve society, the nation and not an individual, and not even the President. Should the head of state disrespect recall, they must be ignored or challenged, not only their action, but they themselves. Government and state don’t belong to the head of state; he or she is given a mandate to steer the ship on behalf of the nation. It is not about what the head of state wants, or how he or she feels, but what the nation needs, wants or feels. The head of state is given a mandate to serve the nation, not his or her family and friends’ interests. Thus, a ruling party needs to have a mechanism for making its deployees step down before he or she creates a problem, as President Jacob Zuma did before stepping down. Zuma’s attempt to cling to power could have plunged the country into chaos and bloodshed. South Africa should draw a lesson from that. Thank God Zuma’s stepping down went without undue incident.
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‘Rape’ suspect in court briefly MZWANELE MKALIPI
he Strand Magistrate’s Court was packed to capacity when a man suspected of sexually violating young children briefly appeared on Tuesday morning (27 February). Court orderlies had to ask some residents, who were standing in court, to leave as there was no more space to sit in courtroom A. The 35-year-old suspect had asked for legal aid representation, but on Tuesday Magistrate Karen Scheepers said the defence was not ready to commence with the suspect’s bail application. Scheepers postponed the case to Wednesday 14 March, a decision which seemed to irritate those who walked from Lwandle to be present at the appearance in Strand. “The court is still in session,” warned Scheepers as court goers walked out mumbling after the decision. The suspect is facing a charge of rape after being nabbed by Lwandle police on Monday 5 February, police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama confirmed. In the article “Suspect (35) in court”, Gama
said it’s alleged that the incident took place in November last year, when the suspect called the minors and sexually assaulted them (City Vision, 8 February). “Police are still investigating the possibility of other assault incidents before that date, which were never reported,” Gama explained at the time. The mother of two victims, said her older child, a 10-year-old, first indicated her abuse when she complained of pains in the lower parts of her abdomen. “At first I thought she was menstruating. She had a discharge and I gave her sanitary towels,” the 28-year-old mother told City Vision. “I then took her to the clinic, but was told to go back home and sit down with her to find out what was actually happening. “She was treated at the clinic, but two months later the same pain resurfaced. This time, the pain was accompanied by pus, blood and a yellow-like discharge.” The man is suspected to have sexually violated three 10-year-old children and two threeyear-old toddlers.
Music takes centre stage for Mgquba VELANI LUDIDI One of Lwandle’s most promising artists Musa Mgquba has finally released his longawaited debut extended play (EP). It took the 21-year-old three months to complete the 13 songs on In No Particular Order (I.N.P.O) and Mgquba is ecstatic that his music will finally be heard by the rest of the world. The artist, whose stage name is Moosa Brayn, said the title of the EP was inspired by the music. “People know me as a rapper, but [on this album] I am singing more. I didn’t follow any order [during the course of the production], that’s why I decided on naming the compilation In No Particular Order (I.N.P.O),” the muso explained. Mgquba described himself as a “free-spirited” person with a love and passion for music. “I believe in freedom of speech, but I am not a vocal person on a personal level. For this reason, I use my music to say whatever I want to say,” he said. The EP tells the story of a young man and what he has experienced in his life. “It’s an expression of someone in their 20s. I feel like this is what most of us go through – peer pressure, love, school and everything,” said Mgquba.
The EP was released in December last year and it is only available through streaming. “Online streaming makes it easy for one to monitor the progress; more streams mean many people are listening to the music. The response has been great from the people,” he said. Like most aspiring musicians, Mgquba said one of the biggest challenges which young artists face is the lack of financial muscle willing to support and give them a break. “Making music is expensive and there are investments involved. That’s why, if you are doing music, you need to be honest with yourself and believe in your music first,” he said. “You need to believe in yourself and your music before taking it to the people in the industry. These people don’t only react to your music, but they also take your energy into account before making a decision.” His advice to other musicians, especially rappers, is to educate themselves and not only rely on making music. “Education and music go hand-in-hand. Artists should not be consumed by their dreams of wanting to be famous. You can dream endlessly, but ultimately the world is what you make out of it.”
Musa Mgquba, a young artist from Lwandle, finally released his debut EP, comprising 13 songs, last December. PHOTO: VELANI LUDIDI
Festive season sees more death on the road The December 2017-January 2018 festive season is said to be one of the more challenging yet, with traffic officers having to contend with various operational difficulties including high traffic volumes and congestion, unseasonal heat, and errant driver behaviour. Thousands of vehicles flooded the province as holiday makers made their way to their various destinations. “Amid all the activity, however, our dedicated and hard-working Provincial and Municipal Traffic Services, our Safely Home team, and all of our road safety partners were hard at work to make our roads safer over this notoriously dangerous time. “As with any other busy period on our roads in each calendar year, all our joint road safety efforts and interventions have continued to be guided by an information-based strategy, that continues to make our roads safer, and lessens the number of lives lost senselessly as a result of reckless and irresponsible road use,” said Donald Grant, Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works. “As we plan and implement what we believe to be sound road safety practices, we continue to draw valuable lessons from festive seasons past, which we believe continue to save many lives that would otherwise be senselessly lost on our roads.
“Our approach remains focussed, dedicated, and informed, while using all available information and emergent trends to guide the decisions we take and the strategies we adopt,” he said.. Grant said together with the citizens of the Western Cape “we continue to prioritise safety on our roads”. This has resulted in some successes in our fight against the scourge of road deaths in this province, he said on Wednesday during a media briefing. “While this past festive season recorded an overall increase in road deaths compared to the previous period (2016/2017), the lessons learnt have been invaluable, and will continue to guide us as our approach to road safety evolves. There is still a lot of work that must be done to make our roads safer.” The festive season is measured from 1 December 2017 to 31 January 2018. “This past festive season saw a 6% increase in overall fatalities (up from 248 to 268). Increases were recorded in the number of driver deaths (up from 39 to 57 this past festive season), and passenger deaths (up from 74 to 82). Pedestrian deaths, which are the leading category of road deaths in the province and an area of focus for our various interventions, saw a 7% decrease from 111 deaths in 2016/2017, to 104 deaths in 2017/2018,” said Grant.
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System launched to track applications A new online function has been launched to assist parents with tracking applications for admission to public schools. The provincial education department, in a statement, said it increasingly faces large volumes of queries relating to applications for admission to schools, which places undue pressure on the system. The new function was introduced by the department to relieve some of this pressure. It will allow parents and guardians to check, via the department’s website, if an application submitted to the school has been captured on the School Admissions Management Information (SAMI) system. “As soon as an application has been captured, an automated email will inform parents that the application has been captured by the school, provided that the parent has supplied a valid email address,” explained Debbie Schäfer, provincial education minister. “Parents can check their application using their child’s ID number or CEMIS number. “This year it was clear that one of the main hindrances to placing children in schools on time was late enrolment. “The department has, therefore, set an early deadline for applications because of increasing demand for places in schools in the province. The deadline is Friday 23 March.” Schäfer said the deadline applies, in particular, to children who will be in Grade 1 or Grade 8 next year as well as those changing schools. Parents have to apply before the end of the first term to enable schools to process applications during the second term. “The department has to implement measures in the third term to accommodate all
children needing places next year,” Schäfer said, adding that admissions for all public schools opened on Monday 12 February. On the new function, parents can view the status of the application, so schools must keep the status of applications updated, while they also need to inform parents of the outcome in writing by Friday 22 June. Parents have to confirm acceptance by Monday 23 July. “We urge parents to confirm acceptance by this deadline to avoid ‘double parking’,” Schäfer added, “where learners are enrolled at more than one school or appear on several waiting lists. This will make it easier for schools and the department to place learners who relocate unexpectedly at the end of the year, and late arrivals. “We cannot guarantee immediate placement for those who apply late, nor places at schools of choice for anybody. It is thus vital that parents apply at several schools as there is no guarantee that their child will be accepted at the one they choose.” This week, the department launched an early enrolment campaign to remind parents to enrol their children in school for the 2019 school year, by Friday 23 March. The campaign comprises radio, newspaper and online advertisements, as well as various social media. Schäfer confirmed all schools were informed of the planned deadlines in September last year. Parents who have not found a place for their child must contact the relevant district office. Parents in the Helderberg can phone the Metro East district office’s Eric Magodla on 021 900 7173, 021 900 7203 or Eric.Magodla@westerncape.gov.za For more information or to access the online function visit wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za.
Massive Mzansi election looms L
ocal schools and the provincial education department are preparing for the election of school governing bodies (SGBs) throughout the province this month. These elections are regarded as the biggest elections after the national, provincial and local government elections. SGBs represent all sectors of the school community, including parents, teachers, non-teaching staff and learners from Grades 8 to 12. The elections will take place throughout South Africa in March. Schools will advise parents when the elections will take place at their particular schools.
Nominations The South African Schools Act (Sasa) gives governing bodies considerable powers over schools, and they are considered part of the key structures of the country’s democracy. “We, therefore, urge parents to participate fully in the nomination and election of members, to ensure that the school serves the best interests of their children,” said provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer. “While governing body members are not required to have formal qualifications, we are urging parents with skills in bookkeeping, accounting and legal services in particular, aside from those who are interested in and passionate about education, to consider standing for election.” Schäfer explained that while schools and the department values skills of all kinds, knowledge of accounting and legal processes is particularly useful, given the kinds of decisions that governing bodies have to make as well as the responsibilities they are entrusted with. What are the duties of a governing body? According to Sasa, the responsibilities of a governing body includes: . deciding on an admissions policy for the school; . deciding on the language policy of the school; . deciding on what religious practices will be followed at the school; . formulating the school’s constitution and mission statement; . formulating the code of conduct for learners which sets out disciplinary procedures; . budget and financial management; . recommending staff appointments;
Debbie Schäfer, MEC for Education . supporting the principal, teachers and other staff members. The term of office for the newly elected SGBs will be three years. What kind of training is provided? After the elections, the education department will provide governing bodies with comprehensive training and support by officials who specialise in school management and governance, Schäfer said. She added that the department is working with schools to prepare for the elections, which started with training sessions for principals as electoral officers in all eight education districts of the province last month. Furthermore, the department is providing every principal with a comprehensive training manual that covers all aspects of the elections — from the legislative framework to compiling voters’ rolls, election processes and managing disputes.
Advocacy The provincial education has been – and will continue to – run a campaign throughout February and early March to promote the elections. More than a million pamphlets and information leaflets were distributed to schools and parents last month. The leaflets provide explanations of the roles and responsibilities of governing bodies.
Youths learn about their library
Grade 6 learners of Nomzamo Primary School spent a day at Lwandle/Hector Peterson Library for as part of their information literacy curriculum. On the day, the learners were taught the importance of visiting the library and using it to aid their studies. Librarians informed the learners of what they should and should not do when visiting the library. They were also told to listen carefully to their teachers when they are given assignments, which in turn would make the job of librarians easier when learners need assistance. The librarians were also helped by Women for Change, who accompanied the learners to the library and assisted in helping them open library cards to access the library.
CITY VISION Thursday, 1 March 2018
The scene where two men from Philippi were apprehended in Broadlands Village, following a housebreaking incident in Kleinmond involving four men. Two other suspects remain at large.
Two ‘burglars’ nabbed, two on the run TASMIN CUPIDO
wo suspected burglars appeared in Strand Magistrate’s Court for possession of stolen property after they were arrested on various charges in Broadlands Village on Tuesday 20 February. The two men were apprehended at 09:40 following a rapid response and teamwork by officers of three police stations and a local security company. According to Heyns de Waal, chief operating officer of Gordon’s Bay Security (GBSec), Kleinmond police issued an alert about four men in a charcoal Volkswagen Polo. The men
were allegedly involved in a housebreaking incident in Betty’s Bay. “The suspects, who had used a crowbar during the break-in, had apparently fled the scene and were driving towards the R44 coastal road,” he explained, adding that officers of Gordon’s Bay police and GBSec were immediately on the lookout for the vehicle and the suspects. “Just after 09:10, the vehicle was spotted entering Sir Lowry’s Pass Road in the direction of the N2. The officers followed the vehicle, while additional reinforcements were called in to set up a roadblock at the N2.” Driving in the direction of Cape Town, De
Waal said, the suspects realised they were being followed and accelerated. “They turned into Broadlands Village, but were soon approached by marked vehicles, including officers of Lwandle police, forcing them into the dead-end in Twentieth Street,” De Waal said. The four suspects jumped out of the vehicle and fled towards a vibracrete wall, which they jumped over. Two of the men were arrested, while the other two fled the scene. According to Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, spokesperson for Lwandle police, a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a 40 cm flatscreen television set. The vehicle, a hired car, was also confiscated as evidence.
Lwandle police are investigating a case of possession of stolen property, while Kleinmond police have opened housebreaking and theft cases. The two suspects, aged 25 and 27, are both residents of Philippi, Gama said. “They appeared in court on Monday 26 February and were released on bail for the police to conduct their investigations and collect more evidence,” he said. A Kleinmond police spokesperson confirmed the suspects appeared in court on Monday 26 February. The outcome of the appearance was not known at the time of going to print. The other two suspects are still at large.
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Constables Mkhululi Mawela and Sintu Foyo of Lwandle police arrested five suspects for the illegal possession of copper and aluminium in Freedom Park informal settlement last Friday.
Five suspects nabbed for stolen copper, aluminium Five suspects have been arrested for possession of stolen property worth about R80 000. Lwandle police were performing their duties when they received information from the community about suspicious behaviour of five people in Freedom Park informal settlement in Nomzamo on Friday 23 February. Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, spokesperson for Lwandle police, said they were informed that the suspects were loading copper into a white Toyota Hilux bakkie. “The police immediately went to the address and, on arrival, found five suspects loading the copper into the bakkie,” he explained. “The officers enquired where the sus-
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TOTY awards for local crèches
Holistic Equipped Generation, a project of Unlimited Hands 4 Africa and its owner Chantal Mofokeng, hosted a gala awards ceremony for educare centres at Krystal Beach Hotel recently. At the event, a number of teachers from crèches in Lwandle and Nomzamo received recognition for the hard work and were awarded prizes. Xoliswa Dyan (left), a teacher at Bright Stars, received one of the school’s two Teacher of the Year awards from principal Fransina December.
Ntefeleng Lebakeng (left) was also named Teacher of the Year at Bright Stars and received her award from Fransina December (principal).
Nozibele Msengana (left) won the Teacher of the Year award at Small World. She received her award from principal Cynthia Mhali.
At Rise and Shine Educare, Sylvia Peter (right) was named the Teacher of the Year by principal Nomthandazo Desemele.
Principal of Somlandele Nomphumelelo Makhapela (right) handed the Teacher of the Year award to Bathabile Fani.
Anezwa Xotyeni (right) won the Teacher of the Year award at Nobuntu educare and received her awards from principal Lydia Baduza.
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All the action from the Young Bafana vs Santos match Young Bafana’s first and only goal of the match is scored.
The official season of the Helderberg Local Football Association kicked off with much fanfare on Saturday 24 February. All teams were in action, with newcomers Young Bafana taking on Santos at Lwandle Stadium’s artificial pitch. Here Young Bafana striker Kevin Muller steers the ball towards the goal during the match, which saw Santos run out 3-1 victors. PHOTOS: PETER BEE
Young Bafana’s Kevin Muller challenges a Santos player for possession during the teams’ opening league match in Lwandle.
Moritz Wolff of Young Bafana battles to pass the defensive efforts of a Santos player. RIGHT: Veron Peter of Young Bafana is foiled by the Santos goalkeeper on an attacking run.
Helderberg LFA kicks off season on high note I am very excited to be writing a football column again after an absence of nearly seven years. As is the case with other sporting codes like rugby and cricket, football fields across the province have been severely affected by the current drought. This has, in turn, led to various associations being forced by the City of Cape Town to delay the start of their season until later in the year. The Cape Town-Tygerberg Local Football Association (LFA), to which De Beers and Macassar YSD are affiliated, will only commence with their league on 1 June, as opposed to previous years when April marked the start of the season. The annual Bayhill tournament, which showcases some of the most talented youths from around the country, has also been cancelled this year.
Helderberg Diski with Coach Ryan
The Helderberg LFA is fortunate to use the artificial pitch in Lwandle, so its season kicked off successfully last weekend,
with a full set of fixtures being played. The results of the encounters are published below. I would like to take this opportunity to send my best wishes to Linda Pistoli, who has been elected the deputy chairperson of Safa Cape Town, a well-deserved result of his outstanding work in the football community. I also have to congratulate Benni Madondile, the newly elected chairperson of the Helderberg LFA. On to women’s football, or rather the lack of within the Helderberg . . . My wish for the upcoming season is to see this sport grow to eventually having a full set of teams constituting a league within the basin. I will gladly get involved in this idea becoming a reality, as this is very close to my own heart. Watch this space! In future columns, I will focus my at-
tention on the different clubs that make up the Helderberg LFA to create awareness of the magnitude of football in our region. Slightly further afield, the biggest fixture on the South African soccer calendar, the Soweto derby between Kaiser Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will take place this weekend. The duel between third-placed Chiefs and second-placed Pirates will definitely not disappoint! Results of the opening weekend of the Helderberg LFA season: Santos 3, Young Bafana 1; Helderberg Rovers 4, Dynamos 0; Love FC 0, Young Pirates 1; Helderberg Cosmos 3, Fast Eleven 3; Two 4 Joy 2, Pioneers 0; Masters 1, RDP 1; Rapela 3, All Stars 2; and Cape Royal 3, TK Lions 0. V Ryan Kallis is a Safa-accredited coach, who is currently head coach of Helderberg FC.
Sport Page 8 | Thursday, 1 March 2018
Siphosethu dribbles ahead VELANI LUDIDI
he is tipped to become like the retired Banyana Banyana legend Portia Modise, who scored more than 100 international goals, or even surpass her as a player. Siphosethu Bawuti from Nomzamo is not your ordinary young girl; she does not like netball, as is the case with most girls. This young lass is more interested in the beautiful game – soccer. The 12-year-old’s dribbling skills are amazing and her ball control is equally good – if not better – as boys her age. “I like playing soccer,” Siphosethu said. “I grew up with my father, who played soccer, and my grandfather used to let me stay up at night to watch soccer games.” Father Jerry Bobi says his daughter was never a fan of netball. “At school, she was selected for the netball team as a result of her height, but she came home and said she does not want to play the ball with her hands, but instead wanted to kick it with her feet,” Jerry jokingly said. “I had to listen to her wishes as I could see she loves soccer. She knows more players than what I do.”
Siphosethu’s first step into the soccer world came after her grandfather bought her boots to train with boys her age. “I met my friend, who said I could join their team,” she recalled. “I have played in tournaments and I’m usually the only girl playing. I don’t like being the only girl playing soccer.” A lack of girls participating in the sport is not the only challenge; this issue is further compounded by the fact that there are no teams for girls. Therefore, Siphosethu is forced to play with boys. However, Bobi believes this will give his daughter an advantage, as she will be stronger and better. “However, I want her to play in a league for girls, which is why I appeal to parents of young girls who are interested in soccer to support them.” Siphosethu’s friend and teammate Avela Samba (12) he hopes she finds a team to represent. “Playing with us is good for her, but she needs a team and league to play in so that she can also be known. This will also open doors for her to be selected for Banyana Banyana.” Siphosethu’s favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo. “Just like him, I practice hard to one day represent my country.”
Siphosethu Bawuti plays soccer with boys and one day dreams of playing for Banyana Banyana. PHOTO: VELANI LUDIDI
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