Busy Bees on mission to achieve

2016-04-14 06:00
 Busy Bees Rugby Club still basking in their league victory and looking forward to the fight for promotion to the Super League.  PHOTOs: Manez Sobethwa

Busy Bees Rugby Club still basking in their league victory and looking forward to the fight for promotion to the Super League. PHOTOs: Manez Sobethwa

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Busy Bees RFC, the Mother City’s first ever Black rugby club is determined to assume their position among the big boys.

Established in District Six in 1923 by migrant workers from the Eastern Cape, the team moved to Langa in 1937 and has never really played in the big league.

Generations later, young members find themselves within an ear-shot of this accolade as they are now in the play-offs of the Western Province’s Super League. They are currently in the second division which has three districts namely the City, Northern and Southern Districts. Busy Bees has won a place in the City division.

The Langa based club is preparing to participate in the Western Province’s Club Rugby Super League play offs.

The Super League is the province’s highest club rugby league. Busy Bee has been playing in the league’s second division, which is known as the City League. Last year, the team won the City District trophy.

They will now play with the top three teams from the three other divisions with the to team moving up to the Super League.

Club chairman, Alfred Kewana, believes that now is the time for the team to climb up to the Super League.

“Winning last season has given us the vigour to fight it out in this elimination stage. We have just the right combination of experience and youth to put us in a good position,” he noted.

Kewana said there was an air of great anticipation among the players and members.

“Playing in the super League would be a big achievement for us because were are one of the oldest teams in the townships. It really has been a long time coming and it is time that we take our rightful place in provincial rugby,” said Kewana.

“The first team has seen the addition of good players from the youth team and they are hungry to see the mission being accomplished,” he added.

Busy Bee was founded in 1923 in District Six by black migrant labourers from the Eastern Cape. Due to the then government Apartheid laws the team was moved to Langa in the 1937.

They played most of the games as part of the Sunday leagues. The list of successful players to come out of the team is endless.

Coach and former player Jongi Nokwe is confident that more players will come out of the ranks of the team. “I have been here for just under a month and I was thoroughly impressed by the talent and determination of the players. They have already done well by winning the league.”

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