The Oliver Kahn Safe Hub in Gugulethu-Manenberg (Cape Town) was solem­n­ly opened in the pre­sen­ce of more than 150 repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of the govern­ment of the Western Cape, the eco­no­my, the non-profit sec­tor and the local com­mu­nities. The Oliver Kahn Safe-Hub was rea­li­zed wit­hin the frame­work of the coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the Oliver Kahn Foundation and AMANDLA EduFootball and in coope­ra­ti­on with other Partners.

The Safe-Hub model has been deve­lo­ped to bre­ak the inter­ge­ne­ra­tio­nal cycle of pover­ty, unem­ploy­ment and soci­al ine­qua­li­ty that young peop­le face in urban slums and dis­ad­van­ta­ged neigh­borhoods. Each Safe-Hub con­sists of an arti­fi­ci­al turf pit­ch, a trai­ning cen­ter, a coun­se­ling cen­ter and a mee­ting cen­ter and café, which is ope­ra­ted by young peop­le on site and offers free inter­net access. It is a plat­form for soci­al chan­ge, inte­gra­ti­on and holi­s­tic you­th pro­mo­ti­on. In addi­ti­on, the Safe Hub pro­vi­des com­mer­ci­al space for young entre­pre­neurs and local start-ups, as well as office space for local NGOs and govern­ment initia­ti­ves.

Located on the area of the Intshukumo Comprehensive Highschool, in the heart of the two Townships Gugulethu and Manenberg, the Oliver Kahn Safe Hub will pro­vi­de dai­ly access to the foot­ball field, weekly help ses­si­ons and work­shops on the deve­lo­ping of soci­al com­pe­ten­ces and lea­dership skills.

In total, the­re are alre­a­dy three Safe-Hubs in Diepsloot, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu-Manenberg, which repre­sent a mee­ting point for around 6,000 young peop­le every week. Currently plans are under­way for a fur­ther Safe-Hub in South Africa and for the first Safe-Hub out­s­ide the coun­try to be built in Berlin / Germany.