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examples of members who make most out of their membership of Nemato Change a Life

Chuma Myendwana


Chuma had dropped out of school after grade 9, leaving him with no hope to get a job and a future. As a member of Nemato Rowing Club he was not only one of our strongest rowers, but he was also showing a strong talent for working with people. He started coaching and soon he was elected as head coach. He became a qualified swimming instructor.

first rowing lesson

winning Under 23 quad at Eastern Cape Champs

qualified swimming instructor

He started coaching fencing and became the chairperson of the Eastern Cape Fending Association. We offered him a job to look after the sports programme. When the opportunity came to study for Community Development Practitioner at Rhodes University, he took it with both hands. He is a much respected community member, who deals with more community problems per month, than most people face in a lifetime.

Chuma as empire at fencing competition

rowing coach

Chuma at Sport for Social Change Network Youth Forum

Asked what the Nemato Change a Life programme has done for him, he answered: "Without the programme I would probably be dead or in jail by now." He likes joking, but this was not a joke.