• Site Manager: Apish
  • 90 W4C Surfers a Week
  • 5 W4C Coaches Employed
  • Beach Surfed: Muizenberg
  • Site Launched: 2011

‘Waves for Change was launched in the township of Masiphumelele in September of 2011 following extensive research and development over the course of 2010. Masiphumelele is a small community that sits on the Atlantic sea board of the southern cape peninsula. Originally settled in 1990 by an estimated 800 people, the community is now home to over 40,000 people who live in “Site 5″ due to its proximity to the local suburbs of Fish Hoek, Kommetjie, Noordhoek, Capri and Sun Valley.

Masi’s rapid population growth has put extreme pressure on scant local resources. This has been compounded by Masi’s green belt location which has not allowed for the physical expansion of the township perimeter as the population has grown. The pressure for new housing has overtaken the need to develop community spaces and facilities. At present Masi is served by 1 primary school, 1 secondary school, 1 clinic and, as of December 2011, 1 youth clinic (The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre).

Waves for Change Masiphumelele uses the nearby beaches of Muizenberg and Kommetjie. A mini-bus is used to transport members of the community, reffered into programming by schools and local CBO’s / NGO’s, after school.