Young players from the Ashtown Soccer Club in Asherville, Durban, celebrated Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July 2018 in even greater spirits after receiving much needed soccer gear that will go a long way to enhance their performance.
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Ten players received soccer boots while the club also received a shipment of soccer balls for other teams. The gear was sponsored by Durban based company, Krypteum.
‘We decided to focus our attention on the youth during this year’s Nelson Mandela Day celebrations and off course in light of the recent FIFA World Cup it was appropriate to empower young soccer players,’
says Pravin Reddy, owner of the crypto currency brand.
Ashtown Soccer Club was established in the year 2000 by incorporating all the individual clubs from the community. The club comprises of twelve teams ranging from under six to over 35 age groups and over two hundred and fifty members.
‘Many of the players come from disadvantaged backgrounds and families that are not able to provide proper soccer gear. Over the years the club had built relationships with local businesses that assisted these players with soccer kits and this year we as a company also saw the need to come on board.,’
Reddy, who was born and raised in Durban’s Chatsworth suburb, is a born entrepreneur but also had to work hard for his success. At an early age he drifted from job to job, waitering, working as a car guard and selling T-shirts in local townships. It’s taken 12 years, but not only Reddy a self-made millionaire at the age of 36, but his companies have R4 billion in assets, and he’s determined to leave a legacy that will benefit South Africans.
‘Along the way I also came across people who gave me a helping hand and this is what we’re also trying to do for these youngsters. It might just be a soccer kit but who knows, maybe our small contribution could help develop the next Bafana Bafana player,’
Durban based startup, Krypteum, has already signed up close to 2000 subscribers since announcing that it is developing the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) powered investment cryptocurrency in August last year. Reddy is working with the Reserve Bank as part of the bank’s Fintech programme, to develop regulation around cryptocurrency.