Soccer for Reintegration, 2008

The Sonke Gender Justice Network’s One Man Can project hosted a street soccer festival at Manyanani Peace Park in Khayelitsha to facilitate reintegration of people affected by the xenophobic violence into their communities. The event was based on the idea that encouraging communication and shared experiences between foreign nationals and South Africans within a community will help to ease relations within that community and encourage reintegration.

Fourteen teams were registered and attended the competition – each team composed of two foreigners and two South Africans.

The main message of the event was: “One man can halt xenophobia, stop violence, support reintegration, celebrate diversity, demand justice, and make a difference.”

To find out more about the event, read the article Street Soccer: A strategy for social integration, or watch the video.