Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 June 2010

South Africa / ONE Movement Promotes Diversity and Integration through Soccer





South Africa / ONE Movement Promotes Diversity and Integration through Soccer



PRETORIA, South Africa, June 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Press Briefing Notes

IOM and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) and the Randfontein Municipality will crown the champions of the South Africa Township Soccer Challenge on Saturday 5th of June 2010.

The tournament forms part of IOM’s ‘ONE Movement’ campaign, an initiative created to support the South African Government following the May 2008 xenophobic attacks which left 62 people dead and hundreds displaced in the townships.

The ‘ONE Movement’ campaign aims to tackle the societal, racial and ethnic tensions that give rise to discriminatory practices by promoting a culture of tolerance and unity in diversity through sports. The tournament works to build an integrated society that is free of xenophobia and all kinds of discrimination.

Throughout its three weeks of play, the tournament has been able to successfully bring together teams from eight townships whose players come from various African countries, including South Africans.

This tournament taps into the current soccer fever which has gripped South Africa, host country of the 2010 World Cup, and will set the tone for building social cohesion and for further integration activities by the government and other stakeholders.

Community discussions and dissemination of information materials to challenge discrimination and promote a culture of tolerance and co-existence are part of the strategy to promote tolerance for migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa.

The winning team will receive a prize of 20,000 Rands (USD 2,600) in cash and a grant of 80,000 Rands (USD 10,500) to put toward a community development project of the winning township. This will allow both migrants and locals to add value to their community.  


International Office of Migration (IOM)


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