Boys and Girls Clubs of South Africa Open New Teen Center in Soweto

Consul General Miller with Club Members from Soweto and the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club
Consul General Miller with Club Members from Soweto and the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club

Tupperware South Africa, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a firm believer in supporting communities through various initiatives.  One major initiative is the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa (BGCSA), which Tupperware has been supporting since its inception in 2011. The Club builds on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America model and utilizes their endorsement and technical advice, with members of the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club in attendance.  On July 1, BGCSA hosted a reception for the opening of their new Teen Center, which is the second facility completed at its flagship clubhouse in Pimville Zone 2, Soweto.  A spokesperson for BGCSA said, “What was once a small and basic facility in a dangerous park is now a thriving campus with two clubhouses, an NBA basketball court, soccer fields, a garden, and daily programming that focuses on academic success, healthy lifestyles, character and leadership, and arts and culture.”

Nthabiseng Bodibe and Thato Makae pose with their winning artwork
Nthabiseng Bodibe and Thato Makae pose with their winning artwork

At the event on July 1, Tupperware announced the winners, Nthabiseng Bodibe and Thato Makae, of the art competition. These two Club Members not only received prizes, provided by Cell C, but will also have their artwork adorn Tupperware’s Sandwich Keepers, which will become available in November 2014.  In addition,  BGCSA will receive 5% of the proceeds from the sale of the Sandwich Keepers.

BGCSA provides a safe space for young people aged 6 to 18 in those traditionally unsupervised hours after-school. Programs and services focus on the holistic development of every Club Member with a core focus on academic success. BGCSA’s mission is “to inspire and enable all young people, especially those that need it most, to reach their full potential as caring, responsible, and productive citizens.” Its vision is a future in which the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa serves as a national organization that provides resources and support to a network of Clubhouses throughout the country.