Chess in Tembisa

Tembisa is a large township situated to the north of Kempton Park on the East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa.

The name Thembisa comes from the Zulu word “thembisa” meaning “promise”. It came about when black settlers of Johannesburg were being evicted. When the township was created it was a beacon of hope for those who were suddenly homeless. The township was originally named and called Thembisa but as more and more people from the northern parts of the then Transvaal came to settle there and worked in government offices they decided to change the spelling of the word as it did not make any sense in their languages.


Tsogo Sun Moves for Life play a very important role in the community and schools.

We are planning to implement chess in other schools to make learners improve in Mathematics, Science and problem solving skills.

Sedibeng primary school is one of the schools that are taking part in the chess programme and the chess players would like to thank Miss Seyanekgo for supporting the programme. The number of learners interested in chess is increasing tremendously and the performance of these learners in terms of mathematics and science are improving day by day.

This achievement  has been possible even though there were a lack of resources.



About Tsogo Sun Moves for Life

Education through Chess. A proven intervention to unlock the potential of SA's children. Moves for Life unlocks the cognitive potential of South African children by structured implementation of chess education where essential aspects of the game are actively linked with math, science and lifeskill concepts. Learning fundamental concepts are made fun and exciting for the child.
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