In the suburbs of Port Elizabeth, the SIYAKHULA! project provides the children and young adults with a safe area to play, learn and develop through after-school sports activities. Supervised by teachers and specialized coaches, the program activities take place on the playgrounds of the two partner primary schools: Isaac Booi Primary School in the township of Zwide and Astra Primary School in Bloemendaal’s coloured community.

Thanks to the SIYAKHULA! project, the children and adolescents are also taught about the social and health challenges which affect them and is essential to their development, whilst improving their academic skills through learning support. The project also provides a daily meal prepared by the Cooking Mamas. SIYAKHULA! makes an important contribution to the global educational programme by offering training opportunities to the teachers and the coaches of United Through Sport, IMBEWU’s partner organisation.

Our local partner : United Through Sport.


  • 140 students, between the ages of 12 and 14 from the two partner schools, Isaac Booi and Astra.
  • 500 children and young adults, between 10 and 15 years from the suburbs of Port Elizabeth.
  • 9 teachers and 5 UTS coaches participate in life-long training.
  • 2 Cooking Mamas are employed.


The sports sessions are organised so that the children can play and learn the rules of specific sports thereby developing important sports values. Life-skills classes, transmitted through play and debate, deal with the issues which affect the children of the townships in their daily lives (HIV/AIDS, alcohol, drugs, crime, etc.)

Learning support and help with homework are provided mainly for English and Maths.


The children receive a sandwich or nourishing soup every day at the end of the activities.

Teachers of Isaac Booi and Astra, as well as the UTS coaches benefit from life-long training throughout the year.