The first step was in 2006, Mabalane Mfundisi and Jonas Montsho approached SAFPU through the then General Secretary (Sipho Ndzuzo) and Deputy General Secretary (Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe) and HIV Coordinator (Ronny Zondi) to propose an annual soccer game that SAFPU and would host to raise funds and promote the involvement of SAFPU and their members in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The project would be in the form of an annual soccer match called Show Me Your Number. The project was started in 2007 and operated until 2020 when it was transformed into an institution called Show Me Your Number.
In June 2010 in, Show Me Your Number arrangement as a project was annulled and Show Me Your Number HIV Prevention Project was born. The organisation was registered as a Section 21 Company not-for-profit as well as an Non Profit Company. A Board of Directors with Simba Marumo as the founding Chairperson and Mabalane Mfundisi as the Executive Director and Glen Makhado as Operations Director (Glen passed away in March 2011 (may his soul rest in peace) was put in place in July 2010 to run the affairs of Show Me Your Number. Other founding board members included Ronny Zondi, Dr. Kagiso Zakes Motene, Sydney “Metro” Hadebe, Doreen Kosi, Lindy Mkhize, Mthetho Tshemese, Dumisane Motsamai, Philane Nongogo, Arthur Zwane, Tsepo Ntsoane, Philemonn (Phil) Masinga, Sydney Hadebe (Sydney replaced Simba as the Chairperson in June 2012 after Simba’s resignation). This founding Board served its term until the end of 2013.
Sport (including arts & culture) for Social Change is a pioneering approach that uses the convening power of sports as a vehicle to minimize the effects of underdevelopment on marginalized youth and young adult populations. This is the “melting pot” of our existence as Show Me Your Number, the basis upon which the organization was formed.
Through sports, arts & culture platforms and participants (generally referred to as “celebrities”) we are able to bring individuals from all backgrounds and social statuses together in a relaxed and natural environment that is ideal for exploring serious and sensitive issues. We believe that sports instill the critical “can do” outlook that is vital to a child’s successful educational development. And, we believe in the power of sport to create lasting individual and social change.
Sport (including arts & culture) has historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity or play. Globally, sport has been increasingly recognized and used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), governments, development agencies, sports federations, armed forces and the media. Sport can no longer be considered a luxury within any society but is rather an important investment in the present and future, particularly in developing countries.