Nelson

Nelson is 20 years old and lives in Tafelsig, a township of Cape Town, South Africa. Abandoned as a child, he does not know his parents. After a lucky early contact to a social worker in a soup kitchen, he was adopted by a family with three other children eight to eleven years old. His stepfather leads his own funeral business.

After being trained by a former champion in the Homestaed shelter for street kids in the Khayelitsha township, Nelson was South African kickboxing champion. He later competed for the World Championships in Thailand. Nowadays, he coaches kids playing football in the neighbourhood to give them structure. Nelson underwent the Xhosa initiation ritual to reach adulthood. Now he has to find work.

Nelson at his home in Tafelsig, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. The medals on the wall tell about his success in sports. Nelson is a former South African kickboxing champion.

Nelson at home in Tafelsig.
Nelson.
Tafelsig is a west coast suburb of Cape Town – named after its view to the Table Mountain – with approximately 44'000 residents.
Waiting at the bus stop in Tafelsig.
Minibus ride to Cape Town.
Nelson and his fellows wait for a life skills workshop to start.
Youth development programs prepare young adults like Nelson and his fellows for the working world. Unemployment rate in South Africa is 24.5% and rises to 57% among township youth.
Nelson, Cape Town.
Nelson, Cape Town.

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