Thabo Mthambeka is the I.T guy and sport coach at age 25 years he manages to do both jobs at once. Thabo's mornings are always craze he says, its fixing people's computers and laptops. His whole team has about 60 children who are in the sport team and they are from Lower Crossroads. The boys come from different schools around Lower Crossroads. The sport had been placed on hold for a few months where Thabo had to focus on I.T a lot because our staff member number is growing.
Most children had to stop coming from Beautiful Gate to participate in soccer but with the dedication that Thabo has , he decided to call parents to bring kids back to the soccer club. Children couldn't cope with just academics, parents said. when the sport started the kids enjoyed after school classes more.
Thabo's concerns include the soccer team practice shoes and clothes because they also practice in winter, some children have no shoes to practice with and so they wear their school shoes or come to soccer practice bare foot. There isn't enough funding for extra mural activities and some activities which are organised by the learner education support programme are on voluntary. This doesn't stop the boys from scoring goals at all.
When Thabo is not fixing computers he spends his time grooming the boys, the boys play so well and they were taken to the Ajax Cape Town junior sports games and one of the boys got selected for the trials.
Welcome to a window into the lives and issues facing children in the Crossroads community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Most of these stories centre around the children and families we work with at Beautiful Gate South Africa, a Christian non-profit organisation whose mission is to show God's love as we care for and protect children, empower and preserve families and mobilise our community to do the same.