This is a long term project, documenting the youth of Imizamo Yethu, a rough township in Cape Town battling poverty and drugs, as they emerge into adulthood in a tough environment , supported through the sport of boxing.
In this humble gym, this group of talented youngster learn discipline, they get fit, and they become part of a family that watch out for each other.
The hero of the story is the coach Bongile Centane – a humble petrol jockey at BP by day, and boxing coach every evening.
What started off as a helping hand to get publicity and funds has become personal for me – driving the kids to competitions, and continually using my images to raise awareness and funds, the latter being the biggest challenge.
With gender violence also being a hot topic at the moment, it is also encouraging to see so many young women and girls joining the club and growing in self confidence.
By: Jonny Cohen
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