The idea of a skateboard project in Langa,
a Township in Capetown
In Summer 2010 an idea about a skate board project in Langa Township, about 15km away from Cape Town came to light. In 2012 the project was given a name that would define the idea and give the project sense and a much more brighter and clearer light. "Langa", which means Sun, which is also the name of the area were these children come from; had to be significant in the name of this project.
The word "Langa" was not enough to give it a touch of funkiness and make it sound catchy, till another word which would be the perfect match was found. The word "outlandish", fell appeared from no were to be the perfect match. "outlandish" means something unfamiliar or unusual. Born out of this combination was the word "outLANGish", which basically says "something new under the sun"
... is to offer the kids a sport that will give them a sense of happiness and togetherness and one that will keep them in positive spirits. Skating is a sport that unifies young people. A sport that gives them the opportunity to learn a lot about themselves and their environment.
... of Langa and skateboarding
The name Langa means sun, but originally the name was taken from Langalibalele a chief of the Amahlubi, a bantu tribe. He was one of the first Activists against colonialism and was locked up in Robben Island in the late 19th century.
Langa is the oldest township in Cape town, it was founded in 1923 under the urban areas act. A law that forced Natives to be situated in unpleasant areas around capetown. Areas like Ndabeni and district six where people lived a healthy community life, were taken to worser conditions and away from their homes and families were destroyed. Townships like Nyanga and Soweto (Johannesburg) came about through the similar procedures.
A lot of people think of shacks, poverty and crime when they hear of a south african township. Yes it is true, but its not only that. If you would visit a Township right now, you would be surprised at the amount of hapiness there is. Even with less infrusture and money, people here celebrate and make the best out of life. The children play outside and everyone dances to the sounds of Kwaito music (the newly invented tradional street sound of the 90′s), to Iscathamiya(south african folk music), to Soul, House, Reggae, Hiphop, Afro-jazz and other types of music. Even the people who are selling food on the side of the streets have a smile on their faces.
For more Information about Langa and its history click here
Do you have a skateboard that you don't need anymore?
If so just give it as a christmas present to kids from Capetown, South Africa. Or you can donate a small amount to the youth skateculture there. Your help will give the kids there new perspectives and self-concience.
Please send the boards to this adress:
74523 Schwäbisch Hall
Financial support: p>
skate-aid e.V. München
Kto. 55 17 39
BLZ 400 501 50
Sparkasse Münsterland Ost
Verwendzungszweck: Spende skate-aid
IBAN: DE57 400 501 50 0000 55 17 39
Gläubiger ID: DE90ZZZ00001002590
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