Twice a week more than 50 elderly people from Ha-Mabila and surrounding villages, outside of Sibasa in Limpopo gather at a local sports ground to play football and perform traditional dances.

According to Violent Sirwali, who is their co-ordinator and coach, the football fun together with the dancing helps keep the village grannies healthy and fit.

The group gatherings were started in 2012 by a community-based organisation known as MAHE. They realised the need for a social gathering for senior citizens after finding that increasing numbers of them were drinking excessive amounts of traditional beer. …more