Khayelitsha is a black township with a population of about one million some 35 kilometres from Cape Town – but an age away in terms of amenities and services. A product of the apartheid era it remains, 25 years into the new dispensation, still severely wanting. Makhaza, where our story unfolds, is a district within this conurbation.
Brothers, Lennox and Ellias Matiwane, formed the City Masters Sport and Education Club out of their Makhaza home to serve a few dozen soccer and netball players and protect them from the endemic drug and gang culture.
In 2009 at the memorial service for Pauline Podbrey, a formidable fighter against the apartheid regime, it was suggested to her brother Maurice that a memorial foundation be formed in Pauline’s name to support the Matiwane effort.
Within a month, the Pauline Podbrey Foundation was registered, a grant from the Canadian government helped build a Clubhouse on the site of the Matiwane home and a range of projects initiated to further the Matiwane dream.
The Club has a managements team of 6 drawn from the community and a coaching team of 7. Maurice Podbrey functions as chairperson and fundraiser. Taxsave, in Goodwood, Cape Town, is the Accountant and the foundation is audited annually.
The annual budget of R600,000 is raised from foundations and individuals in Canada, Switzerland and South Africa. The Pauline Podbrey Foundation is a Registered Section 21 Company in South Africa under registration number 2010/015405/08.
ELIAS MATIWANE (GENERAL MANAGER)
MAURICE PODBREY (CHAIRPERSON)