I clearly remember the first day I met Buntu Matole and Ayanda Cuba at the top of Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha. While I looked out over the hill at this immense township making up one of the poorest areas in Cape Town, I thought how challenging it must be to stay optimistic while growing up here.
But not for these two young men. I was immediately impressed by their sheer ambition and soon got the feeling that they were here to do some big things. They are the co-founders of Sporting Code, an initiative based in Khayelitsha that is harnessing the power of sports to uplift their community.
They believe that getting kids involved in organized sports can not only keep them fit and healthy, but also help them steer clear of the many negative influences around them.
Khayelitsha is an area that gets its fair share of criticism and if you asked the vast majority of white Capetonians, they would most likely tell you that it is a very dangerous place with very little reason to visit.
Working with Buntu and Ayanda has without a doubt changed my view about that. I’ve been coming to Khayelitsha to film promotional videos for Sporting Code, with a view to shedding light on the amazing work they are doing here.