Accompanied by pictures by photographer Alice Mann, a South African based in London.
The article spoke of the appeal of the sport to girls of all backgrounds, and noted the transformation of a girl once she put on her uniform and boots, and performed the routine.
Mann won last year’s Taylor Wessing Prize for her evocative portraits of girls in squads across the Western Cape, and shone a spotlight on the sport. Many schools and clubs - some well known and others less so - form part of the South African Majorette and Cheerleading Association, a South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) recognised federation.
Pretoria too is home to a number of drum majorette squads, with the Northern Stars a private club situated in the north of the city, and open to girls from across the city in any grade in school.