A day made for winners

Today, Kgomotso Children Centre was on the road making its mark on several occasions. They auditioned for SABC's morning live news, won prizes at a talent competition and shoot a documentary with Plus Fab.

In the morning, the KCC dance group went to an audition for SABC 2's morning live news. After the audition they were chosen to perform at an event of morning live news on 30 November. The performance will be recorded live. In preparation of the event, the dance group will be taken shopping for uniforms.

In the afternoon, KCC left the auditions and went to a talent competition at revival church in Soshanguve Block FF. There were eight organisations competing in five categories which were dancing, solo music, band music, spelling bee, and poetry. The children and youth of Kgomotso Children Centre performed very well and won in both categories they had registered for.

One first place trophy was received in dancing. In this category the junior dance group of KCC children from age six to twelve performed a gumboot dance which wowed the three judges and spectators. They eventually were chosen winners of this category. Moreover, the KCC senior dance group of youth from 14 to 18 years of age came in as runners-up. They had performed a tsonga dance. The other first place trophy was awarded to Nnene in the category of spelling bee. She was chosen the best in spelling English words.

While some of the KCC children were at the talent competition another group of KCC kids was shooting a documentary with the Plus Fab company. The documentary is about the 16 days of activism which is a motion supporting victis of rape and violence against children and women.

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In March, KCC managed to buy a land with the help of German support organization Tshwane Township Kids e.V.. The land has been paid for and the cleaning processes has started. The second phase of fencing the yard will start soon as KCC is now in a process of finding suitable fence. 

Since early this year, kids have been enjoying a fun playground. All of that has exercised their creativity and motoric skills and they socialized with others. Besides the social skills that they develop personal skills also become a core advantage that can be achieved.

KCC has come up with a community soccer team for all age groups especially to those that are out of school. We have teams from under 11 to masters’ which are boys over 21 years of age. So far, we have 40 boys from around the township.

We are still collecting clothes from communities and individuals. Children who need clothes are given a chance to pick anything they like. This program will be part of the new KCC activities. Those who want to give clothes, shoes or blankets can contact the centre or drop off at the centre.

We are looking forward to working with your children and youth this year.

Best wishes to our community as we work together to achieve more things this year.

Kgomotso Mphela is one of the 2021 winners of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans. She was honoured in the category "rural development projects" together with 9 other fellow South Africans. 

On Youth Day 2021 Kgomotso Children Centre opened a new branch in Winterveld. Almost 10 years after moving from the original place under a tree in Winterveld to establish the youth centre at Block NN in Soshanguve KCC is happy to be back in Winterveld, again.

After another closure due to the lockdown situation KCC has finally opened again in February. While some activities are still restricted due to level 3 lockdown everyone at KCC was eager to start again with their work. 

Looking back at 2020, a year that has been very difficult to all of us, we want to thank those who supported us throughtout the year. After we had started with the We Can't Eat Air Campaign in April more organisations and people approached KCC to offer their help.

On the third day of the "We Can't Eat Air - Campaign" the remaining families received their long-awaited food parcels. The first phase of the campaign has now come to an end. We thank everyone who helped to make it a great success.