Former hiker, adventure racer and rock climber Simon Nkambule who is assisting in the President’s Awards Program in Komani enjoys leading young people to the light and opening up their minds through adventure sport.
The President’s Awards initiative in an international organisation which aims to uplift young people through skills.
Nkambule, who is originally from Mpumalanga from a small town called Waterval Boven, is based at Gali Thembani Youth Centre and encourages the youth through hiking, cycling and camping to give them hope for a brighter future.
He said the school partnered with the department of social development in assisting youth who were in need of help,who struggled with drug addictions and who stayed away from school and displayed destructive behaviour.
I aim to assist youth from different backgrounds who feel neglected and are in need of love and support as life can appear gloomy. Our recent adventure was the Bronze Hiking with John Noah High School pupils and the canoeing camp with other fun activities at Hickman’s River in East London.
“I developed an interest in working with the youth in Komani after I took part in a 500km African Quest adventure race from Lady Grey to Aliwal North in 2004. Adventure racing is a form of extreme sport where athletes climb from mountain to mountain while crossing rivers in-between .
I officially started working with young people in Komani in 2008.
“I am also an assistant teacher at Gali Tembani Youth Centre where I assist pupils in all subjects, especially Afrikaans, which most black pupils do not understand. We have 20 pupils at the centre with only a few from Komani. The majority come from outside places such Dordrecht, Aliwal North, Port Elizabeth, Cradock and Somerset East.
We are planning to have another adventure expedition for KwaKomani Comprehensive School which has joined our team.