He spent his term three holidays in the recording studio, rapping, singing, and creating two songs. Meet Bongani Radebe, a grade 9 striker who stands at almost 2 meters tall.
“It feels fun, and it feels like home. I just feel free,” he said as a huge smile spread across his face. An earlier edition of that statement forever changed Bongani’s life. In January of 2017, the beginning of this school year, he moved into the Ubuntu House.
Bongani, now 15-years-old, lived the first 12 years of his life in Ocean View with both of his parents, his brother, and his sister, then he moved to Grassy Park, where his parents eventually separated. Bongani chose to stay with his father while both of his siblings went to live with his grandmother.
“He wants to work every single day so he has enough money to feed us and stuff, so I asked Ms. Scheepers if I could stay at the Ubuntu House,” Bongani explained. Now, he shares a room with Ase, Siya, Azola, Jimmy, and Somila, while he still gets to visit his father and siblings on the weekends.
Bongani has been with Ubuntu’s partner schools since he joined the Academy, attending Sun Valley for Primary School, and now the Ubuntu School, where he has seen significant improvement in his marks.
Sometimes Bongani stays late for art class with the teacher, doing still drawings of plants or fruits, and he likes to call the pieces below his best work.
As for football, the striker had his best season ever. He scored 11 goals, helping the u15a team claim the league championship.
In a loving home, and surrounded by his Ubuntu brothers, Bongani is looking to finish this year strong: training, rapping, and writing his final exams, all the while enjoying the summer weather in Cape Town.