CAPE TOWN – “Thank you Tata! iQhawe LamaQhawe (the mighty warrior).” That was how Springbok captain Siya Kolisi paid tribute to Nelson Mandela on Mandela Day.
Kolisi posted a picture on Instagram on Wednesday of himself standing in front of a Madiba statue.
The Bok skipper was later spotted at Parklands High School near Bloubergstrand in Cape Town, along with former captain Eben Etzebeth, centre Damian de Allende and loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe.
According to SA Rugby, the Boks teamed up with the school, sponsors MTN and Springbok Atlas to deliver blankets to nearby impoverished communities.
With more than 5 million orphans in South Africa, some members of the Springbok team paid a visit to Kin Culture - a village for vulnerable children in the Western Cape.— South African Rugby (@Springboks) July 18, 2018
Contact @KCvillage if you've ever considered fostering a young child. #MandelaDay #Mandela100 pic.twitter.com/pVB6cQyhCc
Other Bok squad members such as Embrose Papier, Marco van Staden and Salmaan Moerat spent their 67 minutes for Madiba in Mfuleni, where they played soccer with kids from the community and assisted Habitat for Humanity in building homes.
The likes of Bongi Mbonambi and Trevor Nyakane made their way to Klapmuts, also to hand out blankets.
Bok captain Siya Kolisi, @Doogz @EbenEtzebeth and @notshe8 with pupils from Parklands College in CT, where the Boks teamed up with the school, @MTNza and @SpringbokAtlas in a drive to deliver blankets to the nearby impoverished communities. #Mandela100 #MandelaDay pic.twitter.com/xDvR7h0ACe— South African Rugby (@Springboks) July 18, 2018
Springbok physiotherapist René Naylor posted pictures of a previous visit to Robben Island, alongside fellow Bok physio Tanushree Pillay and team PR manager Annelee Murray, as well as Madiba’s former personal assistant, Zelda la Grange.
Naylor posted on Instagram: “To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others - Nelson Mandela #RobbenIsland #mandeladay #prison #findthemadibainyou #mandelacentenary”