Soweto Ladies FC Academy

The Soweto Ladies FC Academy provides an opportunity for young girls to take up football as a sport of choice. This is a special project initiated and supported by Show Me Your Number. The Academy is based in Soweto, Meadowlands. The project is run and led by Lerato Phetoane, Fikile Sithole & Sibongile Khumalo, all former Banyana Banyana players who are now retired and are involved in Show Me Your Number as ambassadors.

As the lead implementing agent and incubator for this project, Show Me Your Number (SMYN) leverages the respect and hero status of former and current sport heroes, especially those from soccer in their communities to promote positive social change through sport with emphasis on HIV and AIDS prevention, health promotion, advocating against drug and alcohol abuse, fighting against xenophobia, opposing abuse of women and children, promoting a caring for humanitarian assistance and advocating for youth empowerment through enterprise development. The project is implemented through using these former players as coaches for the team as well as a feeder academy for the team. The team participates in the SAFA Women's League and is affiliated to the Johannesburg Local Football Association.

This project aims at developing and enhancing the sporting talents of these youth in soccer.

Thabang Lebese Foundation

This is a project of Show Me Your Number through which the legacy of Thabang Lebese is being consolidated. In 2014, Show Me Your Number will incubate the Thabang Lebese Foundation so that by 2015, the Foundation is a stand-alone separate entity. UNAIDS will work closely with Show Me Your Number to ensure the success of the Thabang Lebese Foundation.

Thabang Lebese's younger brother, Monde Lebese is being assisted and groomed by Mabalane Mfundisi to run the affairs of the Thabang Lebese Foundation. The Foundation will focus its work on stigma and discrimination in memory of the inability of Thabang to disclose his HIV status whilst still alive and for his family, especially his mother Florence Lebese who was gallant enough to disclose HIV as the cause of Thabang's death.

Activities

    The Foundation is implementing the following activities:
  • Fundraising Dinner – in order to raise funds for the work of the Foundation, an annual Fundraising Gala Dinner takes place every year in February to coincide with the month of death of Thabang Lebese. The Gala Dinner is a collaboration between the Foundation with support of Show Me Your Number and UNAIDS.
  • Chillies Soccer Extravaganza – this is HIV and AIDS awareness indoor soccer games and a series of events that will demonstrate the South African football players' commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS, especially dialogue in the fight against stigma and discrimination against people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. This is a legacy project to institutionalize the memory of Thabang Lebese and his challenges against stigma and discrimination against HIV.
  • Thabang Lebese Centre of Sport for Social Change – this is a sport facility in Soweto that serves as the legacy of Thabang Lebese. The facility is currently being developed, and once completed will provide after-school support for learners, indoor sport facilities, lifeskills and dialogue centre, male medical circumcision centre and an HIV Counseling & Testing centre for participants.
  • Stigma Dialogues – through Monde Lebese (the younger brother of Thabang who himself is living openly with his HIV status and who has been trained on HIV issues by Show Me Your Number) dialogues are being conducted to address stigma and discrimination against people infected and affected. The dialogues take place in various settings including but not limited to households, public areas and at the Thabang Lebese Centre for Sport for Social Change.

Trustees

    The following people are the founding Trustees of the Thabang Lebese Foundation:
  • Ms. Naomi Lebese
  • Ms. Moipone Bokaba
  • Fana Tshabangu
  • Steve Sekano
  • Mabalane Mfundisi

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