Cape Town - From Wednesday, September 25 to Friday, September 27, Laureus Sport for
Good South Africa hosted 100 delegates from a number of Laureus-funded programmes
as well as key stakeholders for a 3-day interactive skills transfer workshop.
Ubuntu in its essence means humanity.
Often translated as “I am
because we are”, the philosophy behind this term is the belief in a universal
bond that connects us all. It is this connectedness that drove the narrative of
the summit and encouraged the delegates to reflect on the theme for the
duration of the workshop.
Content covered in the summit included a multi-sector
collaboration, Employee Volunteer and Fundraising Workshops and a Dragons Den.
On Thursday afternoon delegates headed to Battery Park to see
Sport for Good in action.
Laureus supported programmes HealthNutz, Living Legends,
MadeforMore, Peace Players South Africa, Fight with insight, Box girls South
Africa, Skateistan and Indigo Youth Movement all ran activations and delegates
had the opportunity to see the power that sport has to make a difference in
At this activation 'Maps' Maponyane was announced as a Laureus Ambassador.
Other Ambassadors in attendance included Ryan Sandes, Corne Krige, Elana Meyer,
Grant Lottering, Ryk Neethling, Deshun Deysel and Amanda Dlamini.
Masego ‘Maps’ Maponyane is a South African TV presenter, actor,
producer, philanthropist and businessman. He
obtained his Bachelor degree in Media Studies, French and English and
International Human Rights (Majors) at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Maponyane has a passion for start-up SME’s and his love for
education led to him start Bursary Network, along with his directorships of
Silicon Maboneng and Tuta-Me. His passion for giving back and desire to change
the lives of people around him, inspired him to volunteer at the Ethembeni
Children’s Home over the last 11 years, where he sits on the board. Maponyane
also serves as a board member at WWF SA and has recently become a UNICEF
Morne du Plessis said, “I have been really excited to showcase the
life-changing work done by the 30 programmes we currently support. These
programmes touch over 100 communities across South Africa, and it is humbling
to witness the endless passion displayed by every ambassador, programme co-ordinator,
team member and community leader to make a sustainable difference on a
grassroots level through the power of sport. I would also like to officially
welcome Maps to the Laureus Sport For Good family, we have been working
together for a few years now, and have already seen the difference that he can
make, we look forward to expanding on our time together in the future.”
An excited Maps Maponyane commented, “It is such an honour to join
this organisation, I have always lived for sport and fully support the ethos
and values that Laureus stands for. I am looking forward to working more
closely with the team in SA and across the world in making a real difference.
As Nelson Mandela said at the Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, sport has
the power to change the world, and I look forward to making my small mark”.
The summit wasn’t all work, there was also some time for play with
drinks at The Cape Wheel followed by laughter at the comedy club on the
Wednesday night, and a dinner at HQ on the Thursday which gave the delegates
the opportunity to mingle and wind down.
Delegates engaged, shared knowledge, networked and had fun. Giving
them the opportunity to spend quality time with inspiring, knowledgeable and
likeminded individuals. It was their moment to bring Ubuntu to life.
All images supplied. Photopgraher Jeffrey Abrahams