THE ISITHUMBA SPORTGARTEN/ DURBANGREEN CORRIDOR ...

sportgarten

THE ISITHUMBA SPORTGARTEN/ DURBANGREEN CORRIDOR ...

THE ISITHUMBA SPORTGARTEN/ DURBANGREEN CORRIDOR

WORK CAMP

Over the Easter weekend the iSithumba Sportgarten/Durban Green Corridor

partnership hosted a wonderful work camp at iSithumba, a small Zulu village in

the Valley of a Thousand Hills.


During this work camp we cleaned up of the iSithumba Adventure Tourism

Centre, extended and levelled the soccer pitch, held the Isithumba Sportgarten

Sports Day and hosted a Kaefer Thermal staff football team who joined the

work camp and played football against the iSithumba All Stars and visiting

Bremen youth club, Union 60.

This was not just about the work that the visitors from Bremen did together

with the community volunteers, but sharing life experiences and learning more

about each others’, background and lifestyles.

SPONSORS

We want to thank all those who made the work camp a success.

The Bremen Sportgarten, Durban Green Corridor Project and the departments

of Sport and Recreation and International Governance and Relations of the

eThekwini Municipality for their organisation and sponsorship.


We also thank Kaefer Thermal, the Union 60 football club and community

volunteers and sports teams for their participation.

HOME STAY ACCOMODATION

We had 20 participants from Bremen’s Union 60 and Sportgarten Bremen,

under 19 team who stayed in the village of Isithumba for seven days from

Thursday 21 April to Wednesday 27 th April. Five families accommodated our

visitors. This allowed our visitors to experience the way village people live their

lives by staying with them in their homes. This experience was very good for

the hosts and for the visitors and we believe it shows that families in the village

can also accommodate tourists in the future.


ISITHUMBA ADVENTURE TOURISM CENTER

The iSthumba Adventure Tourism Centre is a 16 bed tourist lodge. It was built

in 2002 and functioned until 2008 when it was abandoned. It had become a

home for cows and goats for the past three years. Our project was to clean it

up within the seven days we all spent in the village. With the involvement of a

large number of the villagers, people worked really hard together with the

Union 60/Bremen Sportgarten team to get the tourism centre ready for

reconstruction. Each day we had 20 different locals working on the site

voluntarily together with the 20 German volunteers. You could see by the

participation of so many men and women of all ages, that the community really

wants the place to come into operation again.


THE SOCCER PITCH

Work on the soccer pitch started on the Thursday before Easter but it was clear

from the beginning that we needed more time and a grader to do the job. Also

we needed advice from different people, especially the soccer teams in the

area as they are the ones who should decide how they want the soccer pitch to

be. This project was finished after the work camp, and the pitch now looking

ready for the soccer players to use it. We hope that we will be able to do

another project in spring time to grass the field.

THE ISITHUMBA SPORTGARTEN SPORTS DAY

The iSithumba Sportgarten chose Easter Sunday to be the iSithumba

Sportgarten Day. We invited six teams from different villages around the area

of Thousand Hills/KwaXimba to take part in this multi sport event that involves

boys and girls. The iSithumba Sportgarten together the organisers and sponsors

from the Bremen Sportgarten and the eThekwini Municipality’s made this

event possible. There was wonderful participation and the day showed a lot of


us that the gender does not really matter, but what matters is the fun and

togetherness that sports can create in our society.

There is so much more to speak about what happened within this short stay,

also good memories for all those who participated. Now that the Bremen

people have experienced life this side, people from this side (isithumba) would

love to do the same in Bremen some day.

In conclusion the iSithumba Sportgarten and the Durban Green Corridor thank

everybody that supported the work camp.

SIYABONGA, DANKE SCHON, THANK YOU......

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines