The Springboks and Proteas will go head-to-head in the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup T20 cricket match in Johannesburg on December 5.
The South African Rugby Union (Saru) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) will partner with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to bring fans a unique encounter on the first anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s death.
“The passing of Madiba affected all South Africans and left us with a duty to continue his legacy,” Saru chief executive Jurie Roux said today.
“He worked tirelessly to bring people together from different communities. The fact that a donation will be made to his foundation is our contribution to continuing that work.”
CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat believed the match was a great way to honour the former president.
“We all remember the excitement at last year’s match between the Proteas and Springboks in Cape Town,” Lorgat said.
“With this match eagerly anticipated by sports fans around the country, we are expecting the same enjoyment from fans who will make their way to the Wanderers Stadium.
“With two of our best national sports teams meeting each other, I can’t think of a better way to honour one of the world’s greatest leaders. This will be another memorable day for all South Africans.”
The management teams of both the Springboks and the Proteas have agreed to field their best available players for the match.