By SYDNEY MORWENG
An initiative conceptualised by Amathole Trust in conjunction with Boxing South Africa (BSA), is expected to cater for kids that hail from Ndevana village and surrounding areas who participate in various sporting codes.
It aims to take kids off the street and improve their training conditions, and prepare them for literal thinking both on -and -off the ring.
Spokesperson Luthando Bara said: “This is part of our broader mandate as an organisation to ensure youth development, and community upliftment.
“The gym would be handed over to the people of Ndevana to maintain, and if the gym was not looked after it would be moved to another community,” he warned.
The mobile gym came about as a result of a request from BSA’s Andile Sidinile, who first saw the “mobi” gym in the US.
Bara said the advantage of having the facilities in a movable container was that it was cost- effective and safer than a physical structure, which was easier to vandalise and burgle.
Sidinile said the gymnasium was their first step to revitalise boxing in rural areas
Attempts to obtain comment from Amathole representative proved futile.