A day out for underprivileged children

Goodman Manqele(centre) and the kids from Gxoba Isitibuli Academy.

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The kids from Gxoba Isitibuli Academy got a treat recently when they were taken to McDonald’s Ballito for a free meal and to receive some desperately needed clothes and shoes.

Gxoba Isitibuli Academy – loosely translated as ‘put your foot to the pedal,’ is a small BMX and sporting academy aimed at getting kids active, keeping them off the streets and providing a safe place for them to enjoy the afternoons.

The children from Shaka’s Head had a ball.

Founded by Goodman Manqele in Shaka’s Head in 2015, he had been working towards establishing a safe space for children to enjoy since 2005.

“In 2005 I had a vision of opening a small place where kids could go and enjoy some BMXing where their parents know they are safe.

“Shaka’s Head can be a very dangerous place for children, with serious sexual abuse, crime, drugs and all sorts of bad influences,” said Manqele.

It is not everyday that rural kids are spoilt like

The academy is open to all children, including the disabled, because, as he says, everyone deserves to enjoy some time outside in the sun with friends.

McDonald’s manager Idah Mqorwana said this was all part of their responsibility towards the community.

“This time we had 28 children, next month we plan to give back to even more of them.”

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Allan Troskie

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