‘Empowerment is the name of the Game’
We officially welcome Fizile ‘Smash’ Sipamla on board as a Director at UniMedia Pro who brings with him a wealth of experience in community development, recreation, arts & culture and a crucial contributor to Carolyn Steyn’s 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day. A man with a great sphere of enablers, driven by the narrative, ‘sport is a unifier and reconciler’.
Smash is 1 of 13 personalities who were recently appointed as part of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Transformation of Sport by the Minister of SRSA (Sport Recreation South Africa).
Smash born in Langa in Cape Town celebrates a long lists of achievement starting with his move in 2001 to the National Office for SRSA, doing policy and monitoring of sport and special projects around the country. He was delegated to oversee the first unity talks for South Africa Sports Union and later he became the first student football coach of SA and lead the SA’s Student’s Football Team to the World Students Games, which took place in the United States of America.
By 2005 S Fizile had moved to the Department of Correctional Services to focus on Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture for Rehabilitation of prisoners.
Fizile was also called up by Minister NGCONDE BELFOUR’S OFFICE and was tasked as liaison, collecting all the 2010 FIFA World Cup guarantees from government departments around South Africa and sat on the organisation committee for the All Africa Games and International events.
After a successful 2010 World Cup Fizile would continue his work at the Department of Correctional Services and remarks when he reflects back on his time working at Correctional Services: “I had to organize prisoner’s national events in different codes of sport all around South Africa and this went on for more than 15 years and I left no stone unturned.”
Sipamla said the 67 blankets project was one of the most fulfilling projects to be part of. He was proud that the department could pull off one of the biggest national offender activities.
The blanket that was crocheted in this project broke the Guinness World Record in April 2016 for the largest crocheted blanket in the world. About 2 000 offenders participated in the massive 17 181m2 blanket.
This is just the tip of the ice berg for this iconic figure Fizile ‘Smash’ Sipamla who is confident that the best is yet to be witnessed. “Being part of the UNIMEDIA Team will allow me to continue to serve and direct the energy of our youth and particularly women in sport to heights never seen before in South Africa”
CEO ZAHIRA HANSA expressed her excitement with Mr Sipamla’s choosing UNIMEDIA as a vehicle to continue to live his dream, which is “Empowerment is the name of the Game”