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activities and pictures 2013

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holiday activities

We don't close for the holiday, we stay open every day. Members can use the computers and internet, eat, play and study. Sometimes we have special holiday activities like an open day and activities organised by Stenden students.

Open Day activities

holiday activities organised by Stenden students

holiday activities organised by Stenden students


Athi travels the world

Athenkosi Hlekani is our first member travelling overseas. First he went to Qatar for a two week UN Youth Leadership camp. He was the only South African selected for the camp. Later in the year he travelled to Europe with his team from Gauteng as rowing coach for a competition in Belgium.

Athi in Paris

Athi coaching his team for Belgium

Athi in Port Alfred working with our younger members


Anything that floats (30 November)

This year again we had a fantastic team competing in the anything that floats competition. Our 'anything' never floats too much, but who cares, we can swim, and in this fun competition you can win by being slow or for sinking. The event is a fundraiser for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), who invited us to visit their place a few days before the race. It was interesting to learn about what they are doing. We want to thank Stenden, NSRI and Buco for the events and Wimpy for the prize our floating/sinking team won.

visit to NSRI

floating or not?

we passed the bridge and are close to the finish


Gold President's Award (10 October)

Ashley Backward is the first Nemato Change a Life member to receive the Gold President's Award. In a very special event in Cape Town, the award was handed over to him by President Zuma and the Earl and Countess of Wessex from England.
After receiving bronze and silver awards in earlier years, Ashley completed all activities required for gold in this year: 72 hours of community service, skills training in the fields of engineering, photography and computers, sport (rowing), a five day hike in the Hogsback mountains and a 'residential': a five day teaching experience in Grahamstown.
Ashley has now become a member of the South African Gold Award Holders’ Association (Sagaha) and will attend his first meeting in Grahamstown in November. He has also become a President's Award leader for Nemato Change a Life.

Ashley enjoying Cape Town

Ashley receiving award from British Royalty and President Zuma

Ashley's first time flying


Presidents Award meeting (31 August)

The President's Award is celebrating its 30 years of youth empowerment in South Africa. One of the special events was a youth meeting in East London, where the participants discussed the National Development Plan and the needs of South Africa that the plan wants to meet by 2030. There was an online discussion with the Minister in The Presidency and chairperson of the National Planning Commission Trevor Manuel. Five Nemato Change a Life members were invited and enjoyed the great experience.

meeting with Trevor Manuel

meeting activities

the event participants


Presidents Award gold hike (28 June)

Ashley Backward is the first Nemato member to do the President's Award hike at gold level. Together with members from Tiger Titans Cricket Club, he completed the 80km hike in the Hogsback mountains. It was a challenging but beautiful hike. Ashley's goal is to finish all required activities for the Gold Award in the next few month to qualify for the very special Gold Award event that will take place later in the year, when the President’s Award will celebrate its 30 years of youth awards in South Africa.

Ashley Backwards gold medal hike

Ashley Backwards gold medal hike

Ashley Backwards gold medal hike


Addo Elephant Park (19 June)

A group of thirty members were rewarded for good attendance with a trip to Addo Elephant Park. After a lecture about nature conservation, there was a guided tour trough a part of the more than 2500km2 park, that gives space to animals that are indigenous in our Eastern Cape, like elephants. Thanks to Stenden for transporting us and to the Addo for the free entrance!

lecture nature conservation

elephants in Addo Elephant Park

eating time


Youth Day celebrations (15 June)

This year Youth Day was an extremely busy and successful day for our organisation. We showcased rowing, gymnastics and fencing at a local Youth Day event. Our Advisory Board had it's annual meeting, with very strong input by our Advisory Board member Dr Badat, Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University, in the field of youth empowerment and education. We had our annual awards event where we rewarded our most committed members. Our handball team had its first tournament of the year, and three gymnasts flew to Gauteng to participate in trials for the national team, with Siphamandla Baku achieving the impossible by winning trials and being selected for Gymnastics World Age Groups (Junior World Champs) in Bulgaria.

showing our sports

showing our sports

Advisory Board meeting with Vice Chancellor of Rhodes talking

Youngster opening birthday cake box

Akhona Quma receiving the King of the Year Award

enjoying our birthday cake


Holiday camp (4-5 April)

This is the boring time of the year. Sports competitions have not yet started. That makes it difficult to keep members motivated. To reward all members who have at least 80% attendance, we organised a short holiday camp. About 35 members qualify and had a nice break away from the township.

on the way to holiday camp

holiday camp

holiday camp


Open Day (23 March)

We organised an Open Day with the theme "izanodlala - kom speel - come and play". It was a fun day where kids could try our sports: rowing (ergo), gymnastics, handball and fencing. Some prizes were won, snacks and drinks completed the day. About 30 kids registered. They can join our sports and if they show good commitment in the next two months, they'll become our new members.

rowing is tough

look, I am jumping on a trampoline

playing handyball


Start of our pre-school (21 January)

Our Nemato Pre-School has been started by Destiny Nelson, who is doing an Early Childhood Development course at Rhodes. We are probably the only pre-school in our township, that is offering a well designed educational programme to young children between 1 and 4 years old.

Nemato Pre-School


PE College (8 January)

Nine members registered at PE College this year in fields like engineering, management, office administration and safety in society. The aim is to offer our members good education that will give them opportunities to become successful in life.

our members at PE College


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