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Written by: Fatima Asmal
Cricket development continues to produce the goods in KZN
Durban - The recent Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Cape Town bore
testament to the ongoing success of cricket development in KwaZulu-Natal
with three players who are products of the KZNCU Department of Sports and
Recreation and Sunfoil Township and Rural Programme were selected for the
SA Schools and SA Colts teams.
KZN Coastal players Thamsanqa Khumalo - who has just completed grade 12 at
Glenwood High School - and Lefa Ntanzi, a grade 11 learner also at
Glenwood, were selected for the SA Schools team. Khumalo hails from
Ntuzuma; whilst Ntanzi was introduced to the game in uMlazi.
Mondli Khumalo - also from uMlazi - who represented KZN Inland was
selected for the SA Colts team. He is a grade eleven learner at Maritzburg
After working their way up the ranks in their respective townships, under
the tutelage of their coaches Sandile Simelane (uMlazi), Xolani Gasa
(uMlazi) and Zamani Mfusi (Ntuzuma), all three players were given the
opportunity to attend prominent cricketing schools on bursaries.
Thamsanqa Khumalo's bursary was made possible by the Sunfoil Education
Trust (SET), a project of the Willowton Group, a major backer of cricket
development in the province.
"We are really excited about having played a role in Thamsanqa making the
SA Schools Side," says Willowton Group CEO, Zubair Moosa.
"The SET program is clearly delivering on its objectives as over the
year's we have seen our bursary students graduating from university with
degrees, making age group provincial teams, and two recipients - including
Thamsanqa - going all the way to the Under 19 National Team."
"We also enjoy a long association with cricket development in the province
via the KZNCU DSR Sunfoil Cricket Development Programme and are thrilled
about Mondli and Lefa's selections."
For Khumalo, inclusion in the SA Schools side held a special added
significance: "This year was was my last Coke Week so I had to leave a
mark. Even though my initial performances weren't that great, I managed to
keep believing that I could make one of the sides - SA Schools or SA
Colts; and my coach Duzi Mbatha told me I needed to calm down and keep
believing that I would perform; so that's what I did and it's the best
feeling; I'm very happy."
Sanelisizwe Kuzwayo, the manager of the KZNCU Hub and RPC Development
programme* congratulated the players on their achievement. "They've worked
very hard throughout the year and now they're bearing the fruits of that
"I'm very proud of them and wish them all the best."
Heinrich Strydom, the CEO of KZN Cricket also congratulated the two
Khumalos and Ntanzi.
"We are incredibly proud of these boys, and as a Union we will cherish
this moment. This moment is a reward for all the sacrifices made by many
individuals, parents, teachers, coaches and administrators.
"The contributions from the Department of Sport and Recreation, Sunfoil
and many other likeminded individuals and companies have played a massive
role in giving these life-changing opportunities and as a Union we are
extremely grateful. We look forward to sharing a bright future with these
*In September the Department of Sports and Recreation, Sunfoil and KZNCU
Township and Rural Programme was realigned to the KZNCU Hub and RPC
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Thamsanqa Khumalo from KZN
Coastal is one of threeplayers selected for the SA Schools or SA Colts
teams to have graduated from the KZNCU Department of Sports and Recreation
and Sunfoil Township and Rural Programme.
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