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Flames RSA to promote social cohesion among Malawians

Written by  Tione Andsen
Flames RSA Team pose for a group photo - Pic by Tione Andsen Flames RSA Team pose for a group photo - Pic by Tione Andsen

Lilongwe, November 17, 2017: Flames RSA Social team said it promotes social cohesion among Malawians living in South Africa.

The Chairperson of Flames RSA, Nelson Shaba disclosed this in Lilongwe during a press briefing ahead of the social activity on Saturday at Chinsapo UNICEF School.

He said the social team has made many Malawian in South Africa to know each other and help to share ideas on how to help the country’s social and economic development.

“We have use football and netball social teams as a means of interacting as most Malawians in South Africa are always busy doing different activities for their livelihoods,” Shaba who is also known as Born African in the entertainment circles explained.

He said most activities of the social teams are happening  in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town where patronage is o impressive among Malawians.

Shaba (c) addressing the media in Lilongwe on Friday - Pic by Tione Andsen

“We are happy that more Malawians have accepted the concept as it was demonstrated during our Independence Day ceremony when we celebrated it on July 9, 2017 in Johannesburg. We all gathered as Malawian community and played social football and netball games and Mukuru sponsored us" Shaba pointed out.

The Chairperson said the group has a cordial partnership with Mukuru, an international cash transfer company which helps Malawians to remit funds home.

He said the grouping has benefited a lot in the partnership and issue of delayed remittance back home are a thing of the past.

“One of our social responsibility as group, we managed to raise 60 tonnes of assorted items which were sent to Malawi in 2014 during time of flooding and managed to raise ZAR 50,000 (about K2.7 million) to assist flood victims.” Shaba disclosed.

He explained that they have come to the country to reach out to the communities particularly in remote and rural areas

"We are in Lilongwe, we want to interact with the communities of Chinsapo, Kauma, Mtandire and Mtsiriza townships through social football and netball games. We need their involvement in this activity," Shaba suggested.  

He said they have brought the top goal scorer for social football, Ian Banda and top social netball shooter Stella Chiume after Mukuru had accepted their request to sponsor them to come to the country and show case their talents to the communities.    

Vice Counsul-Labour George Chilonga said Flames RSA has helped Malawians living in South Africa to interact freely and link them with the Consulate in Johannesburg as one Malawian community.

He said the initiative has made them to link  with Mukuru and they are now receiving sponsorship from them in order to carry out their activities.

Flames RSA has lined up a social weekend at Chinsapo UNICEF Primary in Likuni where social netball and football games will be played and will attract prize money.


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