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Creating a better Mzansi through sport and development

Just a quick random reflection. I’m sitting in my car here at Disaster Field in Bluegum Bosch, Phuthaditjhaba. Two kids climbed into the car and are busy scrutinising every move I make and commenting
on everything they see. The can’t speak any English, not even basics. But when
they saw a cheap red and green plastic soccer ball in the back window they
immediately knew it was from SPAR. Leotlela and Karabo immediately chanted:
“Spar- Good for you”. Do they know what the sentence ‘good for you’ means in
English? Nope.


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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;mso-fareast-language:
EN-US">My reflection: what goes in goes out… It is so crucial for young kids to
get good input, repeatedly, in a cool way that is attractive and accessible.
These rural kids can spot the difference between an Audi and a BMW on a mile,
but don’t know about saving money, how to open a bank account, how to write a
team-list or explain what teamwork means. I wish more privileged people took
time to chill with these youngsters and transfer some of the skills that are so
easily taken for granted.

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