This is where Safa can show our tavern-prowling teens how to have a ball
But to truly give our kids a sense of purpose, the football association would need parents and teachers to do their part
As kids growing up in Dube Village in what is one of Durban’s poor informal settlements, we had so many people, not just our biological parents, guiding and protecting us. It was a norm for parents to not just look after their offspring but keep an eye on other people’s children too.
It was an unspoken commitment to developing people. This served my village, and I’m sure many others, well.
The only awkward side of this was if one misbehaved your “other parents” would not hesitate to give you a spanking. And if you happened to run home while sobbing from that encounter, you may as well get more punishment from your parents while trying to explain what had happened. It was a double whammy...