Thamae on a roll

2015-08-05 06:00
Sidwell Guduka

NOKUZOLA THAMAE Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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SHE has done it again.

Nokuzola Thamae, president of Free State Cricket, was given an award after she had been chosen as the most influential woman in sport on regional and national level during the Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards Gala Dinner at the Vodacom Dome in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 28 July.

These awards, that recognise fearless and dedicated women for their achievement across the African continent, have been hosted for 15 years.

Women in sport have made a major impact globally. They take time out of tight schedules to invest their efforts in promoting their sport and developing young sports stars.

“I see my work as a hobby that became my work,” said Thamae.

Zola, as she is affectionately known, was the first woman of colour in Africa to be nominated to head a cricket union in a male-dominated industry.

Her career highlight was being named as the sports administrator of the year 2014 at the Minister of Sports and Recreation’s sports awards. She was the first woman to serve on Cricket South Africa’s general council. She also managed the Proteas women’s cricket side from 2004 to 2009.

“We are extremely proud to have such a qualified person as president. We appreciate her dedication and commitment to serve this wonderful game of cricket in our province, region and country,” said Johan van Heerden, CEO of the Free State Cricket Union

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