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South Africa: MTN supports R30m to nurture the next Siya Kolisi

MTN South Africa has pledged R30 million to the SA Rugby Growth Fund, with a commitment to contribute R10 million annually over the next three years. This donation is a gesture of appreciation for the Springboks’ remarkable win at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Chief Executive Officer of MTN South Africa, Charles Molapisi extended his gratitude for being part of the initiative. “We are deeply privileged to have been a part of this journey alongside the Springboks. Each one of you has consistently shown us what nation-building, unity and unwavering dedication can achieve,” he said.

“This contribution is to help SA Rugby ensure that the next generation of players of this calibre can be discovered, from every corner of the country, to ensure the next Siya is nurtured and developed through the rugby ranks.”

Following five days of joy and festivities, the Springboks commenced their highly anticipated Springbok Trophy Tour in Pretoria, including a lunch stop at the MTN headquarters.

The Springboks, a symbol of profound national pride, have consistently made significant efforts to unify people. They hold the remarkable distinction of being the only team to triumph in every World Cup final they’ve entered, securing four titles in eight appearances, a record unsurpassed by any other nation.

“Our longstanding partnership with the Springboks has been instrumental in driving significant social change over the years, touching the lives of South Africans from all walks of life. As a country, we needed this. And we thank you for it,” Molapisi continued.

“Our heartfelt appreciation goes too, to the Springbok coaches and management team, the South African Rugby Union and its technical team for enabling us to be in the action right alongside the Boks.”

Molapisi conveyed his heartfelt appreciation to the millions of South Africans who passionately supported the Springboks. He acknowledged those who expressed their well-wishes through MTN platforms, took part in the MTN Gwijo challenge, or journeyed to France, highlighting their strong sense of unity and encouragement.

Furthermore, he emphasized MTN’s unwavering support for the Springboks, irrespective of the match’s outcome, and their commitment to continuing this support.

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