Mzomhle Secondary School pupil Amanda Mfulatelwa, 19, has been selected to participate in the U19 National Netball Championships in Cape Town.
Born and raised in Mdantsane, Mfulatelwa started playing netball in 2011.
“I was raised by a very supportive single parent, who knows how passionate I am when it comes to my sport and academics,” Mfulatelwa said.
She described herself as humble, friendly and said she liked to laugh.
“Eastern Cape Aloes netball player Nomvuyo Nodludlume is my inspiration as she comes from a humble background.
“Watching her play in the Netball Premier League gives me hope, because I also see myself playing there one day and also playing for the country,” said Mfulatelwa.
She told the GO! she was excited to represent Eastern Cape at the national championships.
In the townships, there are not enough opportunities and sport codes at schools, but the Xhanti Msauli Foundation has made a huge difference in the community with the sport programmes available for the youth.
The foundation is a non-profit organisation that was established in October 2015, with the mission of encouraging participation between parents, teachers, community members and the youth, in order to ensure and inspire community upliftment.
Foundation founder, Xhanti Msauli, said their objective was to assist with youth development through education and sports, arts and culture.
“We want to assist with youth unemployment by involving the youth in different activities in their communities, organising events and by promoting health and wellness in our areas in the form awareness events,” he said.
Msauli said their goals are to see communities supporting each other while enhancing their skills by volunteering to help in society.
The organisation is working closely with communities, schools and teachers.
“Teachers no longer have enough time to train these kids in schools, as they are too involved in preparing classes and the running of their schools. We train these kids on their behalf to create a conditioned and correct mentality when engaging in these activities.
“We are not interfering with school fixtures and activities but encourage the kids that “practice makes perfect”, said Msauli.