News and Updates
Mutale Youth Group
Friends of Mutale helped establish the Mutale Youth Group in late July 2015. The youth group is comprised of local youth, aged 18 to 35, who are motivated to improving themselves and their communities. Nine enterprising youth from Bennde Mutale, Tshikuyu, Dovho, Mutele-B and Masisi meet every Monday at Awelani Lodge.
While the Mutale Youth Group is still in the early stages of setting up and formulating plans, they have sent off papers for registration as an NPO and have opened a bank account. Intending to hold a workshop soon on teambuilding, the group looks forward to assisting the communites in the area and the youth.
Their next big task is outlining what differences they wish to see in the their communities in 10 or 15 years. We're excited to see them achieve their goals!
Friends of Mutale sponsored the first official international, cross-border football competition - The GLTFP Pafuri Regional Championship.
Held on February 20th in Pafuri, Mozambique, six teams participated: three from South Africa and three from Mozambique. The teams included community teams, park authority teams and law enforcement teams.
The parks involved were Kruger National Park and Limpopo National Park as well as the South African Police Service and Mozambique Border control. The community teams from SA were Dovho and Sanari and Mugumbane from Mozambique.
Vying for a first prize of R2,500, the competition was fierce!! Pafuri Border team from Mozambique came first; Limpopo National Park, came 2nd; Mugumbane, 3rd; and SAPS/KNP, 4th.
The event is expected to be held annually and Friends of Mutale hopes to be involved for many years to come.
Meshack Tengwe, chairperson for the Mutale Youth Group, has been selected to attend the International Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in Pretoria in September 2016. This conference is being hosted by the International Fund for Animals and Wildlife.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has identified 20 conservationists, aged 18 to 25, from around the world and will send them to the first-ever Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2016.