Bavuma bats for Langa

2016-01-14 06:00
 Langa cricket Club and local cricketing stars Themba Bavuma and Thami Tsolekile during a visit to the Sizamile Old Age Home were they donated groceries and blankets.  PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

Langa cricket Club and local cricketing stars Themba Bavuma and Thami Tsolekile during a visit to the Sizamile Old Age Home were they donated groceries and blankets. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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As the country is still basking in the success of the first black African batsman to score a century, the cricketer along with his former cricket club and other players has given back to their community.

The Langa Cricket Club and the township’s most successful cricketers Themba Bavuma and Thami Tsolekile made the much needed donations last Sunday.

The group started the day by visiting the Sizamile Old Age Home where they handed over food parcels and blankets for the elderly.

According to the club’s chairman Precious Kopane the donations and the visits followed a cricket festival which was held in Langa last month.

“We staged the second edition of the Langa Cricket Festival where our former players that have gone to represent various teams and even the Proteas such as Bavuma showcased their talents.

It was a successful event but we felt it wouldn’t really be successful if some of the most vulnerable members of the community don’t benefit from it,” said Kopane.

He said that they also collected goods to donate to two organisations namely Sizamile Olds Age Home and the St Anthony Educare Centre.

Kopane said that it was also great for the elderly to meet the local stars that have achieved great heights such as Bavuma.

“These guys started playing cricket here as young children and its a great feeling when they come back to not only give back to the community but come to the people who now only see them on TV,” said Kopane.

Bavuma said that it was a rewarding experience to visit the elderly. “We often forget the elderly and we really shouldn’t because these people are our parents. I was excited about coming here and doing my bit to help alleviate their situation,” said Bavuma.

He said that he hoped to do more in the future. Sizamele director Letiticia Vaphi said that they were happy to receive the much needed donations and the elderly were excited about seeing the local stars.

“As a centre we need all the assistance we can get as we receive little financial support. The members are so happy to see these youngsters since they only see them in TV and we are proud that they are doing so well,” she said.

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