Safari Runner, South Africa
The Cape West is the natural gem of south africa and encloses the biggest diversity of species in South Africa. Fynbos is part of the well situated and diverse Cape Floral Kingdom and is one of the world's best places to watch whales and white sharks. Besides the recently established social infrastructure the travel industry is on of the most important industries of the region.
The legacy of apartheid has left visible traces in South Africa to date. Especially in the area of education and sports the consequences of the stringent politics of racial segregation are showing up. Women and colored people had no right to equal opportunities and access to public sport facilities has been denied to them. That's why until to date especially in the rural areas of South Africa education, sport and leisure time facilities are still missing.
The communal sport facility Gansbaai has recognised the backlog und is engaged in establishing specific offers for several years. The current priority lies on soccer, basketball and field hockey.The athletics program shall be expanded due to promising young talents from the region. One of the sponsors is the German Athletics Association which supports african talents and contributes to the fight against poverty and acts as a role-model in the area of sports.
In the catchment area lie several villages with various white and colored ethnic inhabitants. The sports facility can function as a perfect catalysator for social and ethnic integration. Besidesthe physical and social adavantes of the sports facility it helps to develop a joint national self-image and helps preventing crime, drug abuse and unemployment.
The aim of the project is to use the athletic capabilities of young people of the Gansbaai sport center for the tourism industry and build a bridge to a new quality of intercultural understanding. Young people shall be trained to be athletic trainers and "running coaches". They will lead tourists through the south african nature on special running tracks ("running safaris"). In order to learn more about the enviroment and to give tourists adequate information the coaches get a comprehensive education about the flora and fauna as well as about the historical development of South Africa.
In collaboration with Futouris and supported by the project partner Airtours, the new and innovative integration of young people into the touristic value chain shall be examined with the objective to establish the format as a sustainable employment opportunity.