Rugby pupils awarded at Langa primary school

More than 60 promising rugby players were awarded during a Zimasa Primary School’s rugby awards ceremony in Langa last Thursday. Picture: Lonwabo Marele

Zimasa Primary School hall was abuzz with pupils singing sports chants at an awards ceremony to acknowledge 60 young rugby players that have shown promise on and off the field. Three made the Western Cape under-15 team and one made the Western Province under-16 team.

On stage are former Springbok players and teachers at the school, Benele ‘Zizo’ Makwezela, who represented South Africa at the 2013 Sevens World Cup and the Springboks at the 2014 World Cup in France, and Nosipho Poswa, a former Springbok hooker.

Throughout the year, they and the staff at the school, have worked with the young prodigies, the community’s rugby clubs and neighbouring schools.

Principal, Fezile Mguqulwa, said the school is proud to have young athletes that are inspired by the recent success of the Springboks World Cup victory and, despite their circumstances, the pupils have made history in attaining their Springbok colours.

Jag Foundation awarded one of the rugby players, Ovayo Nqamrha a bursary.. The young versatile backline player made the Busy Bee women’s team and the under-15 Western Cape team.

She said, “Winning this cup, I cannot put into words how I feel. I am grateful for receiving the bursary, it is going to help my mom a lot with things for school. Hlala ethembeni, ungalahl’ ihope, yonke into inexesha layo.”

Ovayo Nqamrha at the rugby awards ceremony at Zimasa Primary School, in Langa, last Thursday. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Teachers and coaches from Zimasa Primary School. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Provincial player, Ovayo Nqamrha with former Springboks player, Benele Zizo Makwazela at the Zimasa Primary School rugby awards in Langa last Thursday. Picture: Lonwabo Marele