Amabokoboko Foundation


Tshepiso Tshabalala


Johan Smal


Bongani Michael



It is the Foundation’s vision to reach 1 million learners between the ages of 5 -13 years that previously did not have access to coaching and structured cognitive and physical development, through the training of new coaches upskilling of existing coaches with our agility programs and equipment.


To distribute 15,000 agility bags with its digital content programs to 23,500 schools in South Africa that offers no extracurricular activities to their learners due to poverty, no infrastructure, coaches or funding.


If these programs fall into the category of CSI and ESG kpi’s set out by your organisation, please be in contact with us about our offering.  The Agility equipment and digital content cost to customer is R7,000 VAT inclusive.  Bulk orders can be structured with preferential pricing per order


In the 2020/21 EPG report, Minister Mthethwa said that we have to find mechanisms to deal with the impact of increased levels of poverty and inequality which is dividing the sport system in two.  He warned that if we fail to administer tough reforms or fail to find reliable partners we will be failing our society and future generations.

The Amabokoboko trademark is associated with youth sport development, creating a unifying and a winning culture. We receive many letters every week from schools and clubs doing amazing work for their youth but simply do not have the finances, sports equipment, or any other resources to develop their children in a structured and sustainable way.  The Covid pandemic caused havoc in the school and amateur sport sector for two years with no sport activities allowed to take place.  This forced us to find new opportunities and research during this period led us to the crisis statistics of the sport development sector in South Africa.  We registered a new Non Profit Company called The Amabokoboko Foundation (2021/957362/08) to address this crisis head on.

CRISIS - Problem Statement

66% all kids under 5 - poor cognitive and physical development

  • If a child in Southern Africa turns 5 in 2023, he/she has a 66% chance of never reaching his/her development potential (physical and cognitive development) and the numbers are increasing due to poor partnerships and a poorly managed and funded schooling system.
  • At 66% we are 23% below the world average (43%).

23,500 of 25,000 public schools - no extracurricular activities

  • To put the poor schooling system into perspective, ±23,500 out of the total of ±25,000 public schools in South Africa do not offer any extracurricular activities due to no funding, limited or complete lack of resources and infrastructure.
  • At an average of 250-500 kids per school, the total number of kids that are affected by this is approximately 8.8 million.
  • These kids will never be part of a structured play/sport or physical exercise program that is critical for physical and cognitive development.

2050 - 21 million black kids in U/18 age group

  • The EPG transformation in sport report of 2018/19, claim that by 2050, there will be 21 million black African children in the U/18 age group,
  • Applying the 66% formula above, ±14 million of these children’sphysical and cognitive development will be impeded from a young age, growing up with a known fundamental shortcoming. 
  • Therefore, we are sending 14 million kids into a workforce every year knowing they will fail, under perform or not being employable.

8,000 Rugby coaches - shortage in township schools

  • The EPG transformation in sport report of 2018/19 show a shortage of over 8,000 trained or accredited coaches in township schools verses schools excluding the townships, and this is only in rugby
  • Most of the teachers in the townships may not have proper training or qualifications in sport coaching.


1,000 Coaches per year trained (Impact: 250,000 - 500,000 learners)

  • By targeting the 23,500 schools referred to above, we offer a 1000 teachers and trainers per year accredited and non-accredited coach to coach training programs in collaboration with ETA Sports Colleges.
  • A blueprint has been developed to enroll successful candidates on a 7-month coaching course and place them back at their school with the objective to develop the youth during foundation phase (5-13 year old) plus more sport specific coaching (netball, rugby & soccer) from the ages of 10 and older.
  • The Foundation will pay the successful coaches a monthly fee for their work for a 12-month period after the course.
  • ETA will build up a database of all the coaches being developed.
  • If each trained coach can have an impact on 250-500 kids per year in their school or community, this program will reach 250,000-500,000 kids per year.

15,000 Agility Bags per year

  • Amabokoboko Foundation aims to donate 15,000 agility bags (including agility equipment) each year for foundation phase development, rugby, netball, and soccer and through digital content train them to use the equipment correctly.
  • Coaches can use the contents of the agility bag to train children and players without being on a structured pitch.
  • The Foundation will provide online digital content that they can use as a guideline. Our aim is to provide it free of charge (no data usage).
  • The distribution of 15,000 agility bags with its content will be ±R90 mil (USD5,0 mil). This amount will impact ±100,000 learners, therefore at R900 (USD50) investment per child.

100,000 Balls per year distributed

  • 100,000 custom designed netball, soccer, and rugby balls with the names of the respective companies/NGO’s/Sponsors on each bag, balls, and agility equipment.
  • Due to the poor economic conditions in South Africa, sponsorships for school and amateur club sport has reduced radically since the outbreak of Covid.
  • It is a pragmatic approach to approach a few large multinational companies to sponsor a number of clubs/schools in a region to use the economies of scale principle in supplying rugby/netball or soccer balls with the name of the company on the balls.


How to get involve

As in many other areas, the private sector plays a fundamental role in the development of our country’s safety, health, and education systems.  This dilemma described on the website is a silent problem that will continue to affect our future workforce and people that want to participate in sport but never had the opportunity to be part of a program. 

It is the collective responsibility of government, private organisations, NGO’s to work together to provide training and resources to schools, coaches and communities in the townships to help them create sustainable sports programs, to take care of our future generations.  If we make them stronger, they will pass the knowledge and care on to the next generation and so we grow stronger as a nation.

If you want to learn more about our program and create a partnership with us, please contact us for more information.



Western Cape

  • Khayelitsha (Site B)/Mfuleni
  • Lwandle
  • Cape Town CBD/Bokaap
  • Young Ideas Rugby Club (Langa Township)


Club 100

Sign a monthly debit order of R100 – R500

Specific project donation

Contact us to discuss your needs and we will allocate the funding towards

make a Once-off donation

Utilise the following payment methods to contribute

bank Details

Amabokoboko Foundation

First National Bank

Account number: 6301-0056-710

Branch Code: 200409

Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ


We would love to hear from you

Bongani Michael

Chief Executive Officer

076 804 3708

Tshepiso Tshabalala


084 615 2946

Johan Smal


082 450 1662