One of our students and an alumni of our Hope Scholars Programme, Aphiwe Mxabanisi, received the LeadSA September Youth Hero award. Aphiwe is currently a 1st year student at TSIBA, studying a Bachelor of Business Administration. Besides the cricket club that he is involved with, Aphiwe is very active in giving back. He and other ex-learners of Zisukhanyo high school mentor learners at this school.

Samora Machel Cricket Club was established in 2006 by Lusindiso Malilwana. The vision was to see a Community cricket club which will develop, train and coach young stars who will then serve at provincial and national level, and through this they knew that crime and other related social problems will be minimized as these young stars are taking part in sports.

They started coaching in Naluxolo P.S where Aphiwe Mxabanisi, aged 11 doing grade 5 at the time was one of the first boys they started coaching.

Aphiwe has been playing cricket since 2006 for Samora Machel Cricket Club, he captained junior teams(U13,U15 and U17) of the club and has represented the first  WP Township U12 in 2008 in Worcester, Western Province, U19B in 2013 in Vereeniging, WP U19 invitation XI(2011) and Western Cape U18 Cricket Team at SA Games(2011) in Polokwane.

He is currently the captain of the men’s senior team at Samora Machel. In April he decided to take over as the Chief Executive of the club, where he creates plans and programs to improve the organization in every way.This was his way of giving back his time to the very team that he joined when he was only 11 years old.

Aphiwe manages and delivers the strategic plan, coordinates an operational plan and essentially manages the day-to-day running of the club to make sure that the boys get opportunities. Aphiwe and Lusindiso now work together to make sure the club is running smoothly so that the boys from Samora can have hope.

We are very proud of his achievement!