Representatives of the sponsors handing over the cheque at the end of the final test against Australia. Photo: CSA

JOHANNESBURG – After an exciting end to another season of Test cricket, a number of future South African cricketers will be celebrating more than just the Proteas’ win after a generous donation from Willowton Group’s Sunfoil Education Trust (SET).

The amount raised during the South Africa, Australia Test series totals R980 000.00. This will be used to fund bursaries for young cricketers residing in disadvantaged communities, empowering them with educational opportunities and dedicated sports’ coaching.

“It is such a rewarding experience knowing that every four and six that cricket-lovers celebrate, every wicket taken, gets another child one step closer to the chance at a better life,” said Shoaib Moosa, Chief Commercial Officer for Willowton Group, manufacturers of Sunfoil cooking oil. 

“Since the establishment of this Trust in 1995, 21 talented cricketers have been placed at some of South Africa’s leading schools, better positioning them for academic and sporting greatness. We look forward to awarding more bursaries to young cricketers, developing a strong sporting foundation that will benefit local communities and our future Proteas’ squad.”

 CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Thabang Moroe said: “The Sunfoil Education Trust is truly a life-changing initiative which is driving our goal of improving transformation in cricket from grassroots’ level. We are always incredibly proud to be a part of this Trust which has a proven track record for success.”

He said that, in addition to the solid sports’ grounding these candidates received, they were empowered with academic and social support structures that were developed to see them succeed.

“It is difficult not to be moved by the stories these bursary recipients have to share. The hardships they have had to endure and the incredible self-discipline and commitment they have to practice to get to where they are. I am really looking forward to welcoming more future Proteas through the programme.” 

African News Agency (ANA)


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