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.