Yolanda Gwala, Grade 7 girl at Hlanganani Preparatory School, joined the Genesis Wave of Hope Surf Academy in the middle of last year. After only surfing for a few months, she chosen to be part of, and represent the UGU surf team at the trials held at the SA Grom Games, a surfing event that took place in Durban on the 20 th and 21 March. She managed to surf in the first round, as well as the second round for the first time under stiff competitive circumstances.
Yolanda belong to the Genesis Wave of Hope Academy that is associated with the Safe Place project at Genesis Centre that works tirelessly with the learners of the surrounding schools. The surf programme is run by Philani Sikobi, being both coach and mentor to these talented young surfers, hereby making a big difference in their lives. This associated programme offered by Safe Place, include general life skills and mentoring, as well as encouraging to travel and to meet inspiring people.