What Borussia Commondale

The Idea

Rolf-Arnd Marewski actually only wanted to find out what German football fans would expect during the World Cup in South Africa. That he would end up establishing a football club there never crossed his mind.


Muzi and his brother MkhuzeniMuzi (r.) and his brother Mkhuzeni (l.)


During a visit at the Protestant-Lutheran community Augsburg in Commondale, the most southern tip of the Mpumalanga Province, he had the opportunity of bringing in his experience and social networks gained in the field of sports. In this community, founded and maintained by ethnic German farmers, black „peer educators“ carry out social tasks influenced by Christian values. 25 year old Muzi Hlatshwayo takes care of many young people living in the streets without any perspective in life.


Mandla und Muzi - neues TrikotMandla and Muzi - new jersey!


During a conversation with Rolf Marewski, Muzi Hlatshwayo explained that he did not know how to reach the young people, and Marewski had this great idea: „Set up a football club“! Said and done. Bearing in mind the ideas of the BVB, this became the first hour of „Borussia Commondale“. „A football club helps to create structures for young people in order to be able to reach them and to integrate them into a community.“

Through his activities in the Fan Projekt Dortmund e.V., Rolf Marewski felt prompted to include „his young football fans“ from Dortmund in this project, in order to be able to use the setup of a football club as educational means here as well.


Borussia Commondale BannerBorussia Commondale Banner


By specific support and build-up of abilities and talents of young football fans in Dortmund, a club established according to democratic structures is to be supported and made possible in South Africa. At the same time, all project participants in Ger-many could profit from the memorable adventures and experience gathered in South Africa.


Muzi Hlatshwayo

Muzi, 31 years old, comes from Commondale, Mpumalanga, South Africa, where it has created about 2 years ago (on the occasion of the World Cup) football club Borussia Commondale. The members come mostly from poor, unemployed and vulnerable, that he has given it some perspective.
He was now in Germany and was even received by the Mayor Sierau Dortmund. Twice he was even with our first Team to train along and was very happy that you have given him permission to do so.




Mpumalanga, (name changed from Eastern Transvaal on 24 August 1995), is a province of South Africa. The name means east or literally "the place where the sun rises" in Swazi, Xhosa, and Zulu. Mpumalanga lies in eastern South Africa, north of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. It constitutes 6.5% of South Africa's land area. In the north it borders on Limpopo, to the west Gauteng, to the southwest the Free State and to the south KwaZulu-Natal. The capital is Nelspruit (recently renamed to Mbombela). Prior to 1994, Mpumalanga was part of Transvaal Province.

Source: Wikipedia

Official Website: http://www.mpumalanga.gov.za


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Muzi Hlatshwayo

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Football - South Africa

Borussia Commondale - through pass to a new life

The players in Africa can dream of a proper football pitch like him the football in Europe are accustomed only - ambition and fun but they are no less present. (Source: BBC)
The players in Africa can dream of a proper football pitch like him the football in Europe are accustomed only - ambition and fun but they are no less present. (Source: BBC)

The Mpumalanga Province in the northeast of the country is the "Coal Pot" South Africa: some 80 percent of national production are reduced in the partner region of North Rhine-Westphalia. And another thing, the regions have in common: In the town Commondale enjoys the German champions Borussia Dortmund almost cultic reverence - and has "Borussia Commondale" a counterpart sporty.As BVB Fanprojektleiter Rolf-Arnd Marewski ahead of the 2010 World Cup in Augsburg Lutheran Church in Commondale forward drive social projects against HIV rampant there, he met with street workers Muzi Hlatshwayo. The Council sought Marewskis: "Muzi did not know how to reach young people in Commondale" says the 55-year-old, "so I advised him to set up just a football club." For a name had not been looking - Borussia Commondale had now not only the black and yellow team colors, but also the founding year of "09" with his model from Germany in common.


Rehabilitation and family replacement


From their own petty cash called the BVB Fanprojektleiter a support association in life, mobilized by Siggi Heldt to professing Schalke fan Manni Breuckmann prominent supporters and traveled with a delegation from Dortmund to Commondale. The idea has been suggested by the re-socialization to family substitute the importance of the association extends to young people. Conversely Marewski would eventually travel with a group Dortmund ultras to South Africa, so that there "times the scoop in your hand and learn for life."On the club's Facebook page could watch the supporters in Germany, meanwhile, that the very first packets discarded with jerseys and soccer shoes ensured on atrocious ground for passionate discharged duels. Little later discovered Muzi Hlatshwayo, the social network as a digital gateway to the world with the smartphone financially supported by the Friends of the Chairman of a club over unreliable power defied in his place. Sun Hlatshwayo was followed by the German BVB fan base that closed the exotics of the southern hemisphere quickly into her heart.


Once in your life to BVB Stadion


Bruno  Fridrikas-Oltmann was amazed as his now counting over 6000 BVB fans Facebook group increase from the land of "Bafana Bafana" got. "I have here a South African," he told his partner Klaudia proud that soon also in chat conversations sank with the Facebook friend from South Africa. Especially the life story of 31-year-old touched the couple from Unna: after 2001, his mother died four years later, the father of a wide Muzi Hlatshwayo - and suddenly the diehard BVB advanced to virtual foster parents, 14,000 miles away.

Muzi Hlatshwayo (l.) mit einem BVB-Fanprojektbetreuer / Quelle: ZDF

 Muzi Hlatshwayo (left) bespicht with a BVB FanprojektbeauftragtenSource: YouTube


Only three months later were Bruno and Claudia her "adopted son" in the sword for the first time in person in his arms and equip with warming BVB Fantextilien for the German refrigeration. During an eight-day stay in the German coal-mining - one for him completely strange and exciting world - bade the ambassadors from Commondale to support political and economic, was filled with a stadium visit of Borussia his dream and joined countless friendships with a handshake instead of a mouse click.Solely be wishful thinking, the sample kick at a local county league club could be followed by a long-term commitment, remained unfulfilled. For his charges in Commondale team manager Hlatshwayo had abandoned that hope as yet.



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