Today, pigeon racing is a multimillion-rand sports industry that features big money events, famous competitors such as former world champion boxer Mike Tyson and almost 5 000 pigeon fanciers in South Africa alone.
It’s an exclusive universe that’s hard to break into. In spite of this, 19-year-old Lodumo Nkala from Pretoria founded Community Lofts, a pigeon racing academy located in the townships of Centurion. The academy educates community members about pigeon racing and provides them with opportunities in the sport.
Last year, Nkala was invited to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s farm in Limpopo to attend the opening of the prestigious Million Dollar Pigeon Race. He spent two days on the property learning and networking, and was presented with an award as one of the top 50 pigeon fanciers in the country.
“Every morning I am driven by the potential to positively impact people.”