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Mogalakwena Football for Hope Centre

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The Mogalakwena Football for Hope Center empowers young men and women with HIV prevention and leadership training.

Center opened!

The center was officially opened on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2013, and as such, the first players to hit the field were the local girl’s team. With many representitives from local government, FIFA, and streetfootballworld, the opening ceremony was amazingly successful. To read more about the event on the AFH website.

Host Organization:
South African Red Cross Society (SARCS)


To be an effective, high profile, and dynamic humanitarian organisation, that is sensitive to the human needs of the most vulnerable communities, whilst acting in accordance with the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

About the Centre Host:
South African youth today struggle to lead successful lives in a country faced with high levels of crime. In pursuit of developing a better South Africa for its young people, the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) seeks to shatter the violence through youth development and life skills programs using the game of football.

The South African Red Cross Society was founded in 1921 and became part of the International Federation of Red Cross in 1928. While much of the organization’s focus has been on disaster management and HIV/AIDS relief, SARCS is creating innovative ways to target positive youth behavior change to counteract the social crimes and violence that have created neighborhoods of broken families and challenging environments for young people who wish to grow up and succeed.

With initiatives like ‘Soccer Against Violence,’ SARCS programs are now led in over 140 schools and the organization looks forward to supporting more program growth in its regions.

Themba Dumisani Mekwa

The centre facility, consisting of a 173 metre square building and 20 x 40 metre football pitch is placed on site at the edges of an existing footpath. Building and pitch are bisecting by footpath taking advantage of the pedestrian thoroughfare to and from Town centre from the Phola Park settlement. Placing both components on this avenue creates an opportunity for the centre to be incorporated within the daily life of the community. Added advantages of siting is to limit scope for site clearing, excavations and to allow for cost effective surface water drainage, reducing overall costs. Municipal services may also be reticulated from across Dudu Madisha Drive.

While the FFH pitch is orientated in a north - south direction, our building is tilted 30 degrees on its axis, opening up to the football pitch. Views overlooking the length of the pitch are now obtained.

Most notably you will recognise the incorporation of containers as ‘Unifying Element’ and additional storage into the design of the building. The latter creates a shaded court for the multi-purpose space while the former, due to its verticality and colourways will draw reference to the football pitch while making an enclosure for the entrance forecourt.

The building is a simple rectangle shape with the multi-purpose space pronouncing itself outward, gesturing to the pitch. High activity areas are accessed from the south and open in that direction for light and views. The Computer Room is sheltered, placed away from the pitch, yet announces itself to the street edge. Circulation is both internal and external, on the north to south and east to west axis. As people move around the building, spaces create opportunities for external ‘chill areas.’ Here conversations or maraba-raba, a local game can take place. A ‘braai’ area to be commissioned by the Centre Host will add a much needed space for entertainment to supplement the multi-purpose space.

Education and health programmes accommodated by the centre will allow for group based learning and counselling for voluntary testing for HIV/AIDS.. A reading and homework area will ensure that community children can spend their after school time between work and play. The new facility will open its doors to service the community, making it a centre for all.

Sustainable Features:

Sound thermal properties are required to accommodate average year-round temperatures of 23 degrees celsius during the daytime peaking at 30+ degrees in summer months and acute temperature drops during winter nights and mornings. Through use of roof overhangs and shaded court, high occupancy areas are sheltered from direct north light. Appertures are strategically placed to harness warm light during winter months and to allow the building to ‘breathe’ in summer. Service zones are placed north and west fronting creating a buffer from intense heat periods during summer.

A building with proper thermal properties makes for comfortable usage, reducing energy consumption from the use of electric heaters and air conditioning. The centre building will utlise Eco-insulation, a donated recycled paper material, to curb the effects of heat loss through the roof. Cavity walls will serve collectively as a moisture barrier and provide thermal massing creating a cooler internal environment. Donations will be sought for either insulation of the cavity walls or the concrete surface bed to further regulate the effects of the climate on the building.

The roof slopes to the north for future incorporation of solar panels. Where ever possible the design will prioritise the use of materials sourced in and around the site or from local industry. This will include brick masonry, timber roof structure, cement etc. Rain water harvesting is a priority and although funds will unlikely be available, the design will incorporate an underground water tank with pump for irrigation of the proposed vegetable garden and for tree planting.

About the Football for Hope Campaign:

“20 Centres for 2010” is the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Its aim is to raise funds to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education, and football across Africa. The centres will address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people.

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Dudu Madisha Drive Portion 1 of erf 10695 - Extension 15
Mokopane, Limpopo 0699
South Africa


Project Details

NAME: Mogalakwena Football for Hope Centre
PROJECT LEAD: Football for Hope
LOCATION: Dudu Madisha Drive, Mokopane, Limpopo 0699, South Africa
START DATE: August 26, 2012
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
COST: $187405 USD (Final)
SIZE: 173 sq. m
PROJECT TYPE: Youth Center, Stadium/Sports Facility, Health Clinic, Community Center
PROJECT PARTNER: streetfootballworld
, Architecture for Humanity
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Mogalakwena Local Municipality
DESIGN FELLOW: Themba Dumisani Mekwa
CIVIL ENGINEER: DUX Consulting Engineers DCE
ADDITIONAL CONSULTANT: KFD Wilkinson Consulting Engineers
BENEFICIARIES: 324,467 inhabitants of Mogalakwena Local Municipality. 12,000 of which reside in nearby Phola Park township. 385 South African Red Cross Society volunteers. Over 5.5 million inhabitants of Limpopo Province to potentially benefit indirectly.