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Proteas captain Temba Bavuma becomes latest high-profile athlete to join Roc Nation

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Proteas limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma has joined Springbok captain Siya Kolisi on US sports marketing mega-group Roc Nation Sports.

Roc Nation made the announcement on Wednesday, making Bavuma the second South African national team skipper and second Proteas cricketer to join them after Lungi Ngidi.

Bavuma made history this year by becoming the first black African cricketer to captain the Proteas when Cricket South Africa named him white-ball captain at the beginning of March, with Dean Elgar as Test captain.

"I am at an important phase of my career, and I feel it is crucial to have the right people and support for me to achieve my objectives on and off the field," said Bavuma in Roc Nation’s media statement.

"Roc Nation Sports are passionate and committed towards giving their players the best opportunity and resources to achieve their goals, I look forward to this next chapter of my career with the team."

Michael Yormark, Roc Nation sports president, was delighted at the acquisition of one of South Africa’s most prominent and influential sports leaders.

"The signing of Temba is an honour and a significant achievement as we continue to grow our footprint in South Africa.

"Temba has an amazing story to share with the world and an insatiable drive to make a difference, we look forward to walking this journey with him both on and off the field."

The 30-year-old Bavuma has played 44 Tests, nine ODIs and eight T20 internationals for South Africa, and, in 2016, made history by becoming the first black African player to score a Test century against England at Newlands.

Roc Nation said getting Bavuma’s signature presented "a significant signing in a key strategic move for Roc Nation Sports’ South African business".

Aside from Kolisi, Ngidi and now Bavuma, other South African sports stars on the Americans’ books are 2019 Rugby World Cup Springbok heroes Cheslin Kolbe, Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira and Sbu Nkosi.

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