Africa

Special Olympics has 21 accredited programs addressing the needs of African people with an intellectual disability in the areas of sport, health, education and leadership. Special Olympics contributes significantly in addressing the correlation between disability and poverty, a key issue for the continent.

Stories From Africa


April 04, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics South Africa Athlete and Unified partner win Golf Tournament

By Mmane Boikanyo

Special Olympics South Africa golfer Konrad Zastrau and Coach/Unified partner Nico Van Eeden

Special Olympics South Africa golfer Konrad Zastrau and Coach Nico Van Eeden who was playing the role of a Unified partner, won the annual Member Guest Tournament at Oubaai Golf Club in George this past weekend.View Story Special Olympics South Africa golfer Konrad Zastrau and Coach Nico Van Eeden who was playing the role of a Unified partner, won the annual Member Guest Tournament at Oubaai Golf Club in George this past weekend. Konrad and Nico had to compete with approximately 72 players and they did not disappoint. The two day tournament saw Konrad and his coach of six years winning the tournament by 6 shots. Before the last day of the competition Conrad pulled his coach to the side and said: “I am going to try my best. Don’t forget to always be happy and brave in the attempt.” The Special Olympics athlete won a silver medal for golf in the level 5 Stroke Play-Division A at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games which were hosted in Athens. While his Unified partner and coach Nico was Head Coach of the South African golf team in Athens. The victory is a clear indication of the power of Unified Sports. With proper training and more opportunities to compete athletes can become winners! Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Konrad didn’t just win on the field he also won the hearts of many. His opponents were really amazed by his sportsmanship and his standard of play. The Special Olympics golfer is very ecstatic about his victory, he said: “I’m very happy about winning and I’ll continue to be brave in my attempts on the field.”

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April 04, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Athletes in South Africa Pass Referees Test

By Mmane Boikanyo

Special Olympics South Africa Athlete Leaders who received training

In the previous year Special Olympics South Africa athletes attended a 3 day referee’s football workshop in order to become qualified football referees with the assistance of SAFA Official Jack Leboko.View Story In the previous year Special Olympics South Africa athletes attended a 3 day referee’s football workshop in order to become qualified football referees with the assistance of SAFA Official Jack Leboko. The athletes had a revision session prior to writing their test on the 21st February 2014 to help athletes remember theory more easily. Conceptual Eyes assisted instructor Jack Leboko with live drawing to help athletes understand the laws of the game easier through visual stimulation. The athletes made everyone proud as they ALL managed to pass the SAFA Level 1 Referees test. The physical aspect of the test may have not been easy for George Lesotho but he soldiered through. He had this to share “I am extremely happy that I passed and I look forward to having challenging debates about football as I understand the sport better.” “Athletes were prepared, they had courage and their mentors motivated them. Now it’s up to the athletes to go implement what they have learnt on the field of

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April 01, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

Malawi government partners with Special Olympics Malawi.

By Mr Peter Mazunda

A highlight of the African Leaders Forum on Disability was the official signing of the first ever national protocol agreement between a Special Olympics program and its National Government.View Story A highlight of the African Leaders Forum on Disability was the official signing of the first ever national protocol agreement between a Special Olympics program and its National Government. The agreement between the Government of Malawi and Special Olympics Malawi was signed and witnessed by Her Excellency, President Joyce Banda, Special Olympics Chairman, Dr Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics Malawi, Mr Peter Mazunda and Special Olympics Malawi athletes, Ms. Mphatso Chipwanya , Mr. Innocent Chilonge and Mr. Chisomu Matenje. Special Olympics will work with the Ministry of Gender, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Disability to create a better environment for people with an intellectual disability in Malawi.

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March 31, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

The first ever African Leaders Forum on Disability takes place in Malawi.

By Mr Peter Mazunda

The Republic of Malawi in partnership with Special Olympics hosted the first ever African Leaders Forum on Disability, firmly placing the plight of individuals with disabilities, namely intellectual and developmental disabilities on the global development agenda.View Story In February this year, Her Excellency President Joyce Banda, of the Republic of Malawi in partnership with Special Olympics hosted the first ever African Leaders Forum on Disability; firmly placing the plight of individuals with disabilities, namely intellectual and developmental disabilities on the global development agenda. In attendance were representatives from Ministerial office from 12 African nations, namely; Namibia, Uganda, Seychelles, Mauritius, Togo, Tanzania, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa. The forum also included strong delegations from UNICEF, UNAIDS, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, USAID, Lions Club International, Catholic Relief Services, The African Development Bank and many more. This was indeed a call to humanity to help build a fair and just society, which includes all its citizens not because of their physical or mental conditions but on the basis of the content of their ability and to be able to access all benefits. At the close of the African Leaders Forum on Disability two key strategic initiatives were launched by Her Excellency President Joyce Banda, firstly to lead development goal setting for the disability population, and secondly, the formation of the African Leaders Alliance on Intellectual Disability. The Alliance will create a formal body consisting of other Heads of States/Government that will make official recommendations to the African Union on ways to help improve the lives of people with an Intellectual Disability.

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March 31, 2014 | Africa: Botswana

The Zimbabwe Golf Association recognises Special Olympics athletes.

By Dr Molly Matambanashe

The Zimbabwe Golf Association announced the launch of a new awards ceremony at the Royal Harare in February. These awards are expected to run for years to come and are part of an initiative to promote the game in the country.View Story The Zimbabwe Golf Association announced the launch of a new awards ceremony at the Royal Harare in February. These awards are expected to run for years to come and are part of an initiative to promote the game in the country. Among the categories announced for this year’s prestigious event were Special Olympics female golfer of the year and Special Olympics male golfer of the year Commissioner of Sports General Director, Mr. Charles Nhemachena said, “The awards’ pivotal role is to inspire athletes to excel, those who excel must be recognized.” We look forward to congratulating the first Special Olympics recipients of these awards.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

May 5, 2014

Namibia National Games

Please join Special Olympics Nambia in celebrating their 2014 National Games, May 5-10 at the Katutura Football for Hope Center in Windhoek, Namibia.
For more information
Ms Esther Kambala
Email:ekambala@specialolympics.org
Phone:+264 61 302 403
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Katutura Football for Hope Center
Hans Uirab street, Katutura
Windhoek
NAMIBIA

May 16, 2014

Benin National Games

On May 16th and 17th the Benin National Games will take place in Rue du Renouvea. Athletes from around the country will show their skill and compete in a number of different sports.
For more information
Mr Gbaguide L. Armand
Email:gbaguidilinaa@yahoo.fr
Phone:+229 98404004
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Rue du Renouvea
BENIN

May 28, 2014

Zambia National games

Please join Special Olympics Zambia in celebrating their National Games during the month of May. It is a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr William Sikapnda
Email:sozambiadirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+260 966 873 505
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Lusaka National Stadium
Kabwata Suburb Office off Burma Road

Lusaka , Zambia
ZAMBIA

May 30, 2014
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Special Olympics South Africa 5km Fun Walk/Run

Be a PART of the Tekkie Tax fundraising campaign taking place on 30 May 2014 and make your contribution to over 180 welfare organisations such as Special Olympics South Africa by participating in the SOSA Fun Walk/Run. Pre-register online using the link below.
For more information
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Mmane
Email:mmane@specialolympics.org.za
Phone:+27117063323
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St Stithians College
St Stithians College, 40 Peter Place(Corner Karen Street), Lyme Park

Sandton, Gauteng
SOUTH AFRICA

Jun 2, 2014

Tanzania National Games

Please join Special Olympics Tanzania in celebrating its 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Frank Macha
Email:sotanzaniadirector@gmail.com
Phone:+255 222 850 959
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Uhuru Stadium
Plot 3, Taifa Road

Dar es Salaam ,
TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF

Jun 14, 2014

Senegal National games

Please join Special Olympics Senegal in celebrating their 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Ms Rajah Diouri Sy
Email:rajahdiouri@yahoo.fr
Phone:+221 77 332 5909
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Dakar
SENEGAL

Jun 20, 2014

Kenya National games

Please join Special Olympics Kenya in celebrating their 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr John Makathimo
Email:sokenyadirector2@gmail,com
Phone:+254 722 530 041
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Kenya National Stadium
1st Ngong Ave
Nairobi
KENYA

Jul 11, 2014

Rwanda National games

Please join Special Olympics Rwanda in celebrating their 2014 National Games.
For more information
Mr Bernard Mutabaruka
Email:bernardmutabaruka@yahoo.com
Phone:+250 788 749 631
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Kigali National Stadium Kigali
RWANDA

Aug 7, 2014

Zimbabwe National games

Please join Special Olympics Zimbabwe in celebrating its 2014 National Games.
For more information
Dr. Molly Matambanashe
Email:sozimbabwedirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+263 772 423 83
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Harare National Stadium
Old Mutual Centre, 13th floor, cnr 3rd street
Harare
ZIMBABWE

Aug 10, 2014

Botswana National Games

Please join Special Olympics Botswana in celebrating its 2014 National Games, which are an opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Ross Tebele
Email:sobotswanadirector@gmail.com
Phone:+267392 3090
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Botswana National Stadium
Plot 1864, EXT 15,Nowane Road
Gaborone
BOTSWANA

Aug 16, 2014

Togo National games

Please join Special Olympics Togo in celebrating its 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Komla Galley
Email:sotogodirector@gmail.com
Phone:+228 90004 4550
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Lome National Stadium
04 BP 561
Lomè
TOGO

Aug 29, 2014

Swaziland National games

Please join Special Olympics Swaziland in celebrating its 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Wandile Fajudze
Email:soswazilanddirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+268 762 19813
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Office 25 DPM Building
Mbabane
SWAZILAND

Sep 12, 2014

Seychelles National games

Please join Special Olympics Seychelles in celebrating their 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Ms. Erica Celeste
Email:soseychellesdirector2@gmail.com
Phone:+248 251 2181
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Victoria mache
Stad Linite
Victoria town
SEYCHELLES

Sep 13, 2014

Burkina Faso National Games

Please join Special Olympics Burkina Faso in celebrating their 2014 national games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Ms Annick Pikbougoum
Email:soburkinafasodirector2@gmail.com
Phone:+226 7027 2883
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Ouagadougou
01 BP 411
Ouagadougou
BURKINA FASO

Sep 23, 2014

Uganda National games

Please join Special Olympics Uganda in celebrating its 2014 National Games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Denis Lutalo
Email:sougandadirector@gmail.com
Phone:+256 414 270 710
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Kampala National Stadium
Plot 254 Kabanjagala Road
Kampala
UGANDA

Sep 27, 2014

Mauritius National games

Please join Special Olympics Mauritius in celebrating their 2014 national games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Satyagan Choytun
Email:somauritiusdirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+230 5428 1857
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Mauritius National Stadium
Royal Road, Grand Retraite
Bon Accueil
MAURITIUS

Oct 9, 2014

Malawi National games

Please join Special Olympics Malawi in celebrating the 2014 National games, a chance for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a national level.
For more information
Mr Felix Chisowa
Email:somalawidirector@gmail.com
Phone:+265 999 321 885
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Kamuau Stadium Grounds
Plot BE 254
Blantyre
MALAWI


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