About Us

“We, the Youth at the 1st African Youth Forum which took place on Robben Island from 15-19 September 2018, from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi and Namibia, as a united voice, have noticed social problems and economic difficulties in our communities which include, substance abuse, gangsterism, teenage pregnancy, mortality, social inequalities, and violence. 

In the spirit of the Olympic Values of Respect, Friendship, Excellence, Balance of Body, Will and Mind and Fair Play – we declare to create a platform that uplifts youth, and that carries the voice of the youth in Africa for Sport, Development and Peace so that we have a space to be heard, a space to share opportunities, and a space to mentor each other for a brighter future, for all.”

1st African Youth Forum
15-19 September 2018 – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi and Namibia

YNSDP Executive Committee
Youth Sport Leaders

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2014

My best memory:
My favourite memory was on Robben Island in 2018, when we had the opportunity to lead the 1st African Youth Forum on a journey including sport, art and heritage. From this experience, the Youth Network for Sport, Development and Peace was borne and this was made possible through teamwork and collaboration of community leaders and practitioners.

My message: Onwards and upwards. Never give up because perseverance is the key to success. 

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2017

My best memory:
My favourite memory was being a youth facilitator at the 1st African Youth Forum of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC), which took place at Robben Island. During this time, we were fortunate enough to lead 60 youth from 6 different African countries. From this, the Youth Network for Sport Development and Peace was established.

My message: Everything happens for a reason. Be true to yourself and always strive to do your best.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2018

My best memory: When I finished editing the video at the Youth Network Headquarters and seeing the reaction of the Youth Leaders, especially considering that we had just wrapped up the conference and the 1st African Youth Forum on Robben Island. 

My message: Dont be afraid of the struggles and challenges that you come across while working towards your goals, as it only makes that end goal that much. more rewarding.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2015

My best memory: Being a founder of the Youth Network for Sport, Development and Peace on Robben Island, during the 1st African Youth Forum in 2018. Having the opportunity to contribute to the development of youth and being a ChangeMaker through sport and development is absolutely fulfilling! 

My message: “Shine your Rae” – let your light of originality brighten the way for people to do the same. Be who you are, unapologetically.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2018 

My best memory: My favorite memory is of the youth writing up their own version of a declaration for the YNSDP. The energy in the room was that of young people diving deep into their own understanding of the Olympic Values, what these values mean to them and how they could now curate a simplified version in the form of this declaration, that could touch the lives of other young people. 
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My message: Always be your true, authentic self. Work hard, be respectful, meet life’s challenges and soar like the great human being you were born to be.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2016

My best memory: Happens every year, when I am able to engage with my fellow Foundation coordinators, youth leaders and youth groups. We all strive towards a common goal – that being, to create Peace and Development through Sport. We create a sense of belonging amongst all the participants irrespective of their backgrounds. It’s a time where we are able to connect with one another through Sport. 

My message: This sense of belonging that we create can be perfectly defined as: UBUNTU. I am, because we are. That, I believe, is the true meaning of life.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2015

My best memory: My best memory is linked with my favorite heritage site. The district 6 museum is full of information and the tour is given by a member of the community, whom lived through the tough past and now provides detailed stories and recollections of district 6. Watching youth, especially youth whom derive from the same ethnic group and their facial expressions is always a special moment to me. 

My message: No matter where you come from, you are in the driver’s seat, in charge of your own future. Don’t let anyone stop you from being the best you.