Hout Bay celebrates Youth Day

Sentinel Primary School held a Youth Day team-building event where pupils made their own braai. Cooking up a storm, from left, are Kurt van Balla, Alecia Mitchell, Jady Lott, Jamie-Lee Braaf, Zoe Williams, Grade 3 teacher Merle Payne, Troy Peterson, Pohamba Cecane, Leonardo Sias and Vernon Mugiyo.

Hout Bay buzzed with Youth Day action last Friday with everything from basketball coaching and soccer clashes to dance and poetry sessions.

There was a carnival atmosphere at each venue as young people celebrated youth culture in their own special way.

A highlight was a full-programme of dance and poetry at Kronendal Primary School, where youth arts non-profit, Lalela, had brought together young people from all Hout Bay’s communities.

In a charged atmosphere, scores of children cheered on peers who gave vigorous performances filled with the spirit of the day.

“The event was open to all the youth of Hout Bay. The audience, numbering in excess of 250, were enthusiastic and positively participated throughout,” said Lalela’s Oliver Nurock.

Down the road at the Hout Bay Sports Complex, Thula Thula Hout Bay, the non-profit disaster relief group, helped by volunteers from all over the community, spent the morning handing out donations of groceries, bedding and other necessities to fire and storm victims. At the Hangberg sports and recreation centre, a group of Americans from the Chicago-based Meet & Teach programme entertained children with ball games and sprint races, and local dance groups performed.

At the nearby Hangberg AstroTurf, the DA’s Good Hope branch staged a soccer match between Hangberg Horizons and Ikaya le Themba of Imizamo Yethu.

After Hangberg won 11-0, the children and coaches enjoyed boerewors rolls and cool drinks, and the kids each took home a medal and a new soccer ball.