Black Starz, Business, Government, Civil Society Join Forces To Empower The Youth

Kenneth Masekela Secondary school learners

Collaboration is so pivotal in society. As cliche as this notion sound: “it takes a village to raise a child” – it will never lose its value and relevance.

Youth empowerment and involvement in the South African economic growth and development is of utmost importance as young people are tomorrow’s leaders and pioneers. Our hopes for a better world – a better South Africa lies in the capable hands of the youth.

A new era of hope, opportunity, and empowerment has dawned in Gauteng as the Gauteng Gambling Board, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and Kellogg’s unite to launch the groundbreaking Black Starz Programme at the Kenneth Masekela Secondary School in KwaThema, Springs.

With celebrations of Youth month in full swing, this spectacular event served as the catalyst for an extraordinary journey, showcasing the remarkable talent of township schools in Gauteng through thrilling cricket and volleyball matches. It was a celebration of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and the boundless potential that resides within the youth.

Thabang Mabuza, the visionary force behind the Black Starz Programme, expressed his deep conviction in the power of collaboration.

“Today, we witness the birth of a movement that transcends barriers and sparks true transformation. The partnership is a testament to our collective commitment to empower the youth and create a brighter future for all.”

The Gauteng Gambling Board, a driving force behind community development, has thrown its full support behind the Black Starz Programme.

With an unwavering dedication to promoting active participation in sports, cultural exchange, and youth empowerment, the Gauteng Gambling Board aims to nurture talent, unlock potential, and create an environment where dreams can flourish. Mabuza spoke passionately about their involvement, saying:

“The Gauteng Gambling Board brings not only resources and expertise but also a deep sense of purpose. Together, we are igniting a flame of inspiration that will illuminate the path to a better tomorrow.”

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, founded on the enduring values of Nelson Mandela himself, stands as a beacon of hope and inclusivity.

Through their collaboration with the Black Starz Programme, they seek to celebrate the power of sports, instil a sense of pride within the community, and create a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

Mabuza highlighted the significance of their partnership, stating, “The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund embodies the spirit of unity and compassion. Together, we will unlock the potential that lies within each young individual, empowering them to become agents of change in their communities.”

Kellogg’s, a global leader committed to social responsibility, has lent its support to the Black Starz Programme, recognizing its potential to create lasting change.

With a mission to engage 1.5 billion people in the issue of global food security, Kellogg’s advocates on behalf of children facing hunger, ensures an ethical supply chain, and supports diversity and inclusion. Mabuza expressed his enthusiasm, saying:

“Kellogg’s brings a wealth of expertise and resources to the table. Their commitment to sustainability, food security, and equity perfectly aligns with the goals of the Black Starz Programme. Together, we are creating a powerful force for change.”

Black Starz programme CEO, Thabang Mabuza

The Black Starz Programme marks the beginning of an extraordinary journey towards empowerment, unity, and community development in Gauteng.

It symbolizes a movement where dreams are nurtured, talents are honed, and opportunities are created.

Through their collective efforts, these sponsors are set to unleash a wave of transformation that will empower the youth, foster unity, and create a legacy of positive change in Gauteng.

As the echoes of the Black Starz 2023 Knockout Cup resonate through the community, the impact of this collaboration becomes evident. The journey has just begun, and the Black Starz Programme is poised to embark on a remarkable path of growth, opportunity, and empowerment.

According to Mabuza all stakeholders agreed that: “Together, we can achieve greatness. Our collaboration is a testament to the transformative power of unity and shared purpose. We are not only shaping the lives of young individuals but also laying the foundation for a better tomorrow. Through sports, we instil values, inspire dreams, and unlock the potential that lies within each and every one of us.”

As the Black Starz Programme continues to evolve, it will undoubtedly attract more partners, sponsors, and supporters who share the vision of transforming communities and empowering the youth.

For media inquiries and further details about this larger-than-life phenomenon please email: Black Starz Programme CEO, Thabang Mabuza

By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku