Soccer players unite against xenophobia

Last week, twelve soccer teams representing different countries participated in a four-day soccer tournament under the campaign theme "unite as one". The tournament took place in Nyanga and was organised as a Heritage day celebration.

Tariro Washinyira - 3 October 2012

Hard work is key - Tuks Goalkeeper

Lebo Ngubeni is the University of Pretoria's 19-year-old goalkeeper. He also plays for the South African under 20 team. GroundUp caught up with him.

Margo Fortune - 2 October 2012

Cycling awareness event in Gugulethu

Gugulethu Township was abuzz this weekend as cyclists from all over Cape Town participated in a bike ride from Cape Town central station to Gugulethu and back.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 19 September 2012

Khayelitsha’s emerging chess stars

Masiphumelele primary school in Khayelitsha is growing a group of promising chess players. The people driving chess at the school believe it has an important educational role.

Nokubonga Yawa - 19 September 2012

Gershin Kock on the pressure of being a goalkeeper: “Once you make a mistake it will always be remembered.”

Gershin Kock is only 19 years old, but he is already the goalkeeper for National First Division team, Vasco Da Gama.

Margo Fortune - 19 September 2012

Tag rugby encouraged in township schools

South Africa's tag rugby team recently visited a township school, Masiphumelele primary school, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. This was a very exciting visit for the learners of Masiphumelele, who only get to see the Bokke on television.

Nokubonga Yawa - 17 September 2012

Chippa United star Diego Brown talks about a soccer player’s challenges

GroundUp interviewed Chippa United's 25-year mid-fielder and left back, Diego Brown.

Margo Fortune - 12 September 2012

“Soccer is the only reason I am where I am today”

Nineteen-year-old Shane Petersen talks about growing up in a community surrounded by drugs and how soccer gave him a chance.

Margo Fortune - 5 September 2012

Immigrants soccer players aim for PSL

Professional soccer players who are refugees in South Africa have found comfort in establishing an informal soccer club, with the objective of being recognized and playing professionally again, like they did in their birth countries.

Tariro Washinyira - 5 September 2012

City explains its sports field plans

GroundUp has been reporting on sports facilities in Cape Town's townships. We interviewed Tandeka Gqada, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, to find out the city's ideas and plans for making sports facilities more available.

Tariro Washinyira - 29 August 2012

Lance Armstrong: It’s about the bike, not the boosters

The name Armstrong dominated the past week's headlines. Neil remained a public hero until his end. Lance’s drug infested career came home to roost. However the level of public support demonstrated for Lance Armstrong, as evidenced in website comments and polls, has been surprising.

Shuaib Manjra - 29 August 2012

New PSL star Graham says, “Don’t let fame make your head big.”

Travis Graham, who is just 19, played his first PSL match last week Wednesday for Ajax Cape Town.

Margo Fortune - 29 August 2012

The budding cyclists of Khayelitsha

Situated in the heart of Khayelitsha Velokhaya Cycling Academy is an unusual sight in a township.

Mary-Jane Matsolo and Nokubonga Yawa - 29 August 2012

Where do the children play?

The Cape Flats violence over the last few weeks--much of it perpetrated by young people who are often out of work, out of school, but in gangs--raises this question: What extramural activities are available for children living in Cape Town's townships?

GroundUp Editor - 22 August 2012

Phillipi’s swimming pool

This is a community swimming pool at Phillipi Cape Town. Entrance is R2 for adults and R1 for children. It is closed for winter.

Nokubonga Yawa - 22 August 2012

Deadly highway soccer game

Founder and coach of the Brothers of Peace soccer team, Innocent Benya, said that lack of sporting facilities and resources in the Khayelitsha community nearly cost one of the team players his life last year when he chased a ball towards the road and collided with a Golden Arrow bus. He was hospitalised and out of action for three months.

Tariro Washinyira - 22 August 2012