August 19th – 23rd, members of PPI-SA were invited to display the PeacePlayers brand at the Sasol Techno X exhibition in Sasolburg. Sasol, an innovative South African energy giant, is a generous supporter of PPI-SA. Sasol Techno X is an annual exhibition with displays, workshops, tours, talks and hands-on activities aimed at enthusing learners, students, and the general public about the endless possibilities and wide range of career choices that science, math, and technology offer. This year marked Sasol Techno X’s 13th year of existence, and the theme for this year was “Curiosity Fuels the Future.”
After winning multiple awards at last years event, PPI-SA had the challenge of bringing even more excitement to this years exhibition. Modeling PeacePlayers station from 2012, PPI-SA found that many other participants had made their stations more interactive and high energy. “We set a high standard last year and completely changed the atmosphere of the conference, it was a great feeling” said Ntobeko, a PPI-SA veteran who was present at both this and last year’s event.
The PPI-SA booth provided interactive life skills activities focusing on having self value, knowing your future goals, and the
importance of sharing your goals with others who can support you. Young people in South Africa are exposed to many unique challenges, and PPI-SA uses basketball as a platform to show them it is possible to achieve your goals and dreams.
Four PPI-SA coaches helped facilitate the life skills station. For some coaches, it was their first opportunity to travel outside of KwaZulu-Natal. Sifso Mchunu, one of the most passionate and enthusiastic members of PPI-SA, was thrilled to be able to serve as a positive role model to the youth of South Africa. “It was so cool to use a shooting drill to show kids how you can achieve your goals in life, and they really responded” Sifso stated. “It was amazing to hear their dreams and where they see themselves 15 years from now.” He also added, “It was the experience of a lifetime for me, and I’m craving for more opportunities!”
“Our station had nothing to do with science and technology. It was more about the kids and their goals and future, which is just as important as choosing a career” said Ntobeko . “Using sport, we have given thousands of kids the platform to look at themselves and realize how important they are, and have prepared them to carefully plan for their future and make smart decisions.”