The eKhaya Neighbourhood has built its success of reducing crime, improving security and mobilizing community co-operation and leadership through soccer projects. This was revealed by the eKhaya co-ordinator, Bafikile Mkhize.
The Pre-Mandela Tournament took place at eKhaya Park along Claim Street in Hillbrow on the 15th of July, Twenty teams from Hillbrow took part.
“The eKhaya Soccer Tournament project is aimed at various age groups use of sport to bring the community together and act as catalyst for interaction between members and community,” Mkhize added.
On the same day, the eKhaya Neighbourhood presented the community awards to the community builders and community leadership. Fifty members were given certificates and awards, including the organisations that work with eKhaya Neighbourhood in the positive building of the Neighbourhood.
These include the City of Joburg,
Badboyz Security who are keeping Hillbrow community safe and all the NGOS like Outreach Foundation, WRHI, MES, Makhulong A Matala (JHC) and Bambisani (Madulamoho).
“Among the visitors were Arsenal Gapers who were handling the match on the day.
“This phase has involved greater involvement of the community of Hillbrow, building social cohesion and led to tenants feeling a sense of belonging in the community and staying longer in buildings.
“This leads to a stable building and good returns,” Mkhize concludes.