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Kusasa Knights are winners!

Asiphe Mbabala - Medal Winner at Ceres
Asiphe Mbabala – Medal Winner at Ceres

At a tournament in Paarl in February, five Kusasa Knights from Groendal Secondary School and Franschhoek High School, playing against other budding chess grand masters from the high schools in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington, won places in the Boland Central Team to play at the Boland Prestige Tournament in Ceres on 9th/10th March where three of them –Amanda Nxuthe and Asiphe Mbabala from Franschhoek High School and Mayizukiswen Rongwana from Groendal Secondary School – competing against over 200 high school players in teams from Boland Central, Boland North, Witzenberg and Overberg won places in the All Boland Team for the Western Cape Schools Tournament in Worcester over the weekend of 15th /17th May.

At tournaments throughout the year, the Kusasa Knights have the invaluable experience of meeting, playing and interacting with their peers from a diversity of racial and socio- economic backgrounds. The pride of medal winners is shared by the other Kusasa Knights who know they can also be winners!

The cost of the entry fee, hostel accommodation and food for each of the 3 Kusasa Knights selected to play in the Western Cape Schools Tournament is R830 – a total of R2 490. Ten tax deductible donations of R250 to Kusasa will cover this – with R10 over which, with any surplus, will help pay for more much needed chess sets.

Can you help these young people play in the Western Cape Schools Tournament by sending a donation of R250 or more to:-

Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project
Bank: Nedbank
Account Number: 1670005186
Branch Code: 167005

Kusasa’s bank details for donors in the UK, Netherlands and USA are on its website –

Please send confirmation of payment to me at and your contact details to Doug Gurr at so he can send you a tax certificate.

Your generosity will be truly appreciated.

Barry Phillips – 083 441 8280

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