Comrades winner - former Bulwer man

2017-06-16 06:00
Comrades winner Bongmusa Mthembu of PMB at the finish with the Caduceus trophy.PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

Comrades winner Bongmusa Mthembu of PMB at the finish with the Caduceus trophy.PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

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AS the country celebrates with Bongumusa Mthembu, the 2017 Comrades Marathon winner, the community of his birth place - Bulwer - is also celebrating with him.

Mthembu was the first man home in the 89 km race last Sunday in a time of 5:38.   

The Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Municipality in Bulwer is to honour Mthembu by organising a welcoming event and making him an ambassador.
Deputy mayor Philani Shange grew up in the village of Mbhululweni with Mthembu and congratulated Mthembu’s achievement.
“Mbethu grew up playing football and running. I am not shocked about his achievement because he is passionate about running.
“I want young people to learn something from him,” said Shange.

In 2014 Mthembu won Comrades Marathon for the first time.

Ngeneleni Mncwabe, mayor of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality said Mthembu’s achievement has put the municipality on the map.
“This is motivation for our community. “Mthembu is a shining example to our young people.”

Several Kokstad runners finished, including those from East Griqualand Striders Club - Kervin Gous finished in 7:56, Zabevuya Shushu in 8:18, Thandabantu Rhafuza in 6:45, Sabelo Ncwane in 11:59 and
Charmaine Greeves in 10:30.

Zinyuse Steve Maka didn’t finish because of cramp.

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