Ms Dumisani Chauke. Photo supplied .
A former Spar Proteas player and South African U/21 netball team assistant coach, Ms Dumisani Chauke, launched her foundation at Magangeni Primary School in Malamulele on Saturday.
She said that the Dumisani Chauke Netball Foundation (DCNF) sought to empower young girls through netball coaching, life skills training and various community-based programmes. "That is how they will be benefitting from the foundation. The netball will improve their social and mental skills. The girls will also improve because of the interactive life skills sessions I hold," she added.
During the launch, life skills session for girls, netball coaching and a knockout netball tournament were held in which schools from Malamulele and surrounding areas participated.
Chauke said that she had to go back to her roots. "I was born in Malamulele and my netball started in Magangeni Primary School in Malamulele. I had to go back to where it all started - it is part of giving back to the community. You must not forget where you come from," she added.
So far, the foundation has helped more than 500 girls across the Limpopo and Gauteng province. "We are looking to go to other rural and destitute areas all over South Africa, and eventually into Africa. We do not want to limit ourselves to any specific number, and we do not turn anyone away from the clinics and sessions we host," she said.
She is also a sports organiser of netball, basketball and volleyball for the Directorate of Sport and Recreation at Tshwane University of Technology.
Date:09 March 2018 - By: Mbulaheni Ridovhona
The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.