IBA signed MoU with Thembekile Mandela Foundation

April 21st, 2024 / AFBC, IBA

International Boxing Association (IBA) Secretary General and CEO Chris Roberts OBE and Ms Ndileka Mandela, the first grandchild of Nelson Mandela and CEO & Founder of Thembekile Mandela Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the entities. The ceremony took place at ICC Durban during the finals of inaugural Mandela African Boxing Cup.

Mr Roberts OBE stressed that Nelson Mandela’s legacy continues through boxing. Ms Mandela added that ‘it means a lot for the Foundation, as we can extend the cooperation with the international organizations.’  

The Memorandum of Understanding is designed in a way where the objectives, scope, extent, thematic areas of focus, and modalities for cooperation between the Thembekile Mandela Foundation and the IBA are clearly defined with a view to using this important opportunity.

The parties agreed:

  • To develop joint initiatives that use boxing as a tool for social impact and community development, promote inclusivity and diversity within the boxing community.
  • To organize boxing events or tournaments with the goal of raising funds for charitable causes supported by the Thembekile Mandela Foundation.
  • To provide opportunities for youth to engage in boxing as a means of empowerment, discipline, and skill development.
  • To establish educational programs combining academic support with boxing training, creating holistic development opportunities for youth.
  • To organize workshops and seminars focusing on life skills, leadership, and career development within the context of boxing.