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The Clan Takes On Southern Africa.

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Armed with their brand new sneakers and an attitude of confidence, the KwaDabeka basketball team (aka The Clan) prepared to compete in the DHS Easter Tournament, against 25 schools from across Southern Africa.

A few weeks prior to this tournament, the boys had been awarded with silver medals for coming second in a tournament at Marion Hills. This achievement had earned them a place in the Ethekwini Basketball league, which will start in August of this year.

They still maintain that their success is due to the generosity of a team of volunteers from a church in America, who donated new sneakers to the team earlier on in the year. You can check out some photo’s from that experience here.

Peaking on the confidence from this tournament, they got ready for their four-day long stint at Durban Boys High School. The point of the tournament, which happens annually, is to grow the game of basketball among schools and communities in Southern Africa. There were a range of different places represented in the tournament, ranging from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg.

Day One, saw the boys playing a fierce game against The Glenn, a team from Johburg, and claiming a victory. Day Two wasn’t as fortunate as the boys found themselves losing to DHS and to Peterhouse College, a team from Zimbabwe. But they didn’t let this get them down.

Day Three was a big win for them against Mount Currie High, from the Eastern Cape, which meant that Day Four was a playoff game which would decide where they would be ranked amongst the top ten.

Out of 25 schools in Southern Africa, our CAST basketball team from KwaDabeka community, was awarded eighth place – a huge success, and one that has put a smile on their faces for the rest of the month.

What followed were interviews from Supersport about the journey of the team as well as an immense confidence boost for all the boys.

One of the boys is also now a candidate for a basketball and rugby scholarship at DHS, which the team at CAST is very proud of.  This was a great achievement for first timers in the tournament and has given them the motivation they need to compete in upcoming tournaments this year.

If you are interested and keen to get involved in the coaching of basketball or soccer, or are willing to help our team out in any way, please get in touch with us!

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Take Me to the Car Wash

‘When I was younger, my friend said to me, “People are suffering in the township. What are you going to do after school, Themba?”

I replied, “I will not let myself suffer. I will do something. I will be like the gogo that sells vegetables; it’s not much, but at least she is earning something.”

Themba Dlamini started developing his entrepreneurial skills from a young age. His dad was the breadwinner of the house and so, when he passed on, there was very little money to support the family of five.  His job experience ranged from selling packets of soup and oranges to working for an air-conditioning company. In his Matric year, money at home got really tight, and Themba was offered a job as a barman at the ICC. Although his teacher tried to persuade him to finish his studies, young Themba knew that his first priority was making sure that there was food on the table for his family.

Because of the economic problems that the country was going through at the time, he lost his job as a barman and it was back to square one. So, he decided to pursue his initial dream of being an entrepreneur and opened up his own car wash in KwaDabeka – the community he had grown up in.

“It was hard. I didn’t have the capital to start the business. I only had water and a square piece of land. But I tried anyway. I would maybe get to wash one car a day and then I would get happy because I was earning R30 from that one car”

It was around this time that Themba heard about CAST’s Paradigm Shift course from his pastor at KwaDabeka Baptist Church. Dennis De Chalain was Themba’s mentor, and he helped to teach and guide Themba as to how to effectively run his car wash. Through Paradigm Shift, Themba was given a loan of R1500, which helped him to buy a proper car port. Slowly, his business started growing. Within a year, it was running effectively, and people were even coming to get their cars washed on the rainy days.

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But 27 year old Themba still dreams of a bigger future for his car wash.

“I want it to be a Shisinyama. For there to be a place where people can hang out, eat food and socialise while their cars are being washed. Maybe even have a big flat screen television so that my customers can watch sports”

At Paradigm Shift, Themba learnt a lot about customers and running a business, but he maintains that one of the biggest lessons he took away with him is that God and business go hand in hand.

“Don’t plan by yourself; put God into your plans cause He is the one that’s going to make it happen for you”

From the boy who sold packets of soup, to the man who never stops dreaming, Themba Dlamini is an inspiration to all of us who just give up when things get a little tough.

“It was not an easy journey. I never had the freedom to do whatever I wanted. But now things are happening and God has been a part of all of it”.

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Unlimited Generation

The energy and excitement in the room was tangible as the CAST staff arrived at the launch night of KwaDabeka Baptist’s youth group, Unlimited Generation. About fifty young guys and girls ranging from 12 years old to 18 years old poured into the church, ready for a night of good food, worship and fellowship.

First up was a special prayer that was recited by two young ladies from the youth group followed by an acapella performance by the Stokozile Highschool Choir. There was beat boxing and singing and the crowd gave high praises to them afterwards. Next, two of the guys from the KwaDabeka Basketball team stood up to do a comedy set that was well received by their peers.

Once all the special items were over, the youth group engaged in a time of worship and listened to a sermon from Jean-Ray. Everyone was informed about CAST – who we are and how we will be linked to the youth group- and then the crowd of teens poured out of the building, eager to get to the boerewors rolls that were being served outside.

Mzisi and Lungelo, two of our staff who help to run the Unlimited Generation, felt that the evening was a great success and exceeded their expectations.

They are now on the lookout for anyone who wants to preach or volunteer at the youth on a Friday night from 5pm -6pm.

So if that’s you, then please contact us at CAST and we will get you linked up!

 

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