Cape Town – One of Langa’s most prominent modern sportsmen has delivered a poignant message on the positive spinoff of Temba Bavuma’s maiden Test century for South Africa at Newlands.
National hockey player Lungile Tsolekile, now 31, brother of Proteas wicketkeeper Thami and a member of the SA side at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, wrote on his Facebook page: “Just been thinking about Temba Bavuma hundred; reading about it on every article I could lay my eyes on.
“But the most important thing I heard was a few nine- and 10-year-olds talking about it this morning (yesterday) and arguing ‘what’s his strongest shot?’ and how one (of them) saw him on December 30 in Langa.
“I took time and listened for a good 20 mins and I realised that Temba didn’t just score a TON, that he has given hope and yes, these kids relate, and yes, they will copy him and mimic him.
“If you go to Bennie Street, and corner Washington and Harlem this morning, you would have seen boys and men 10 to 35 years (old) playing cricket.
“That’s how much impact one great moment has ... indeed, history made.”
Bavuma spent much of his youth in Langa and did his junior schooling in his city of birth, Cape Town, before the family switched to Johannesburg.