Tall and lanky 14 year old Siviwe Kewana, affectionately known to his peers as “Mzekezeke”, maybe he resembles the frame of the famous kwaito star became the next graduate from Vusa Rugby and Learning Academy to receive a scholarship to attend the oldest school in South Africa, SACS.
Siviwe hails from kwaLanga township, which is fast becoming a sporting mecca and the oldest township in the land. Current SACS 1st XV Captain and an idol to Siviwe, Vusile Lucky Dlepu, hails from there along with other sportsmen who have national colours or played 1st class in their respective sports. The likes of Temba Bavuma, Thami Tsolekile, Nono Pongolo to name a few.
Siviwe follows a long line of Langa sportmen who have have had a chance to be fortunate to attend a prestigious school such as SACS and hope that he will make his family proud and grab every single opportunity that comes his way.
Siviwe will have his first taste of competitive schoolboy rugby as his new school travel to Paarl to face the formidable foe Paarl Boys High who boast an impressive record. He will be playing the under 14 division and he will get first hand experience of what it is like to face big burly dutch boys who show no mercy when it comes to intimidating the opponent at a game of rugby. He will have to be smart and be fit, something he assured me he has worked hard on during the winter school holidays with the guys at Connect Sports Academy.
Siviwe moved into the iconic Michaelis House on Sunday and he felt right at home because he met up with a mate, Songezo Kuze, while on a brief school tour last term, another up and coming Langa cricketer and the two hit it off and this made Siviwe feel more at ease.
We wish Siviwe Kewana all the best in his new adventure and urge him to enjoy himself, work hard in his sport and studies, make loads of friends and know that he has the support of the whole of the Langa community, the Vusa Rugby and Learning Academy and myself – SACS 1997 Matric, School and Hostel Prefect, played two years 1st XV Rugby, Captain of Rosedale's interhouse 7s 97 winers, Wicket Keeper 2nd XI, 2nd team Squash, Chairman – African Ethos Club, took part in school plays.
By, Ike Bam