Diski Nine9 Africa is a registered non-profit company based in Soweto, South Africa. Diski Nine9 was formed in 2015 and our objective is to use sports, notably soccer and netball as a tool to educate and empower young Africans. “Diski” is a slang term used in South Africa to describe the biggest and most loved sport around the world  Soccer. “Nine9” is a slang term meaning Authentic or Real.

Why Sports?

By participating in sports activities in general, children’s social skills are likely to come alive as it is a fantastic facilitator to promote social interaction, cooperation, teamwork and friendship. Research has also shown how sports can improve problem solving skills, build self-discipline, respect for authority and team-mates, trust, leadership and coping skills. Confidence is a huge factor for children and participation in sports will only assist the development of character. Children with enhanced self-esteem will inevitably be more comfortable in their own skin and therefore be well placed to proceed well in their early school and social lives.

What we do?

In response to social ills that have negative effects on underprivileged communities, Co-founders, Raymond Ledwaba and Phehello Monamodi established Diski Nine9 as a way to change the narrative by providing youths from Soweto with a platform to play sports in a safe place and realize their talents to become better professionals, leaders and role models in their communities. The following are the Programmes we use to counteract these social ills.


Sports and Recreation

- Winter Holiday Programme
- Netball League and Tournaments
- Soccer Tournaments
- E-Sports Tournament

Psychosocial Support

- Gender Based Violence Workshops and Dialogues
- Mental Healthcare and Trauma Counselling
- School Shoes & Uniform Support

Educational Support

- After School Support Programme
- Life Skills Training

Socioeconomic Development

- Sports Hospitality Programme

Our Objectives

Safe Space

Create a safe environment that fosters friendships, encourages play, and nurtures young talent..

Skills Development

Provide educational & scholarship opportunities for youths.


Provide employment opportunities to youths across the sports value chain.

See us in action 

SAICA interviews Raymond Ledwaba CA(SA) Co-founder and CEO of Diski Nine9


Diski Nine9 is a non-profit organization based in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Founded in 2015, it is dedicated to the development of African youth through sports.


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“Diski Nine9 has not only allowed my players to showcase their talents in sports but it has also improved their social and psychological well-being. It has encouraged them to participate in the organization that rewards in whatever they engage in. This as a coach has made me proud because many teenagers go through unwanted pregnancies and substance abuse. This organization is beneficial because I believe that one day, we are going to produce future sports men and women coming from our communities.”

Mduduzi Radebe
Spectaculars Netball Team
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“There is a lot that I can say about this organization but I will be brief. I knew the organization from the year 2018 when they were hosting their first netball tournament at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus. It was a good experience for me and my team because we didn’t know how big or small the challenge was for us but we managed to raise the bar and won the tournament. Our team is currently playing under the Diski Nine9 Netball league and I am very happy to be part of this organization.”

Tebogo Morabe 
Mighty Blues Netball Academy
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“Well, where can I start? First and fore most I would really like to say thank you to the team of Diski Nine9. I joined this organization in 2019 with my former team called LS Starts Netball club. The amount of hard work that Diski Nine9 has put in is amazing. Diski Nine9 helps us as coaches to by providing life-skills training through workshops that cover GBV, basic coaching skills and other important topics that are beneficial to us. They truly are selfless in course of changing lives of our children and youths. 

Lucille Sickles
Saint Lioness Netball Team

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