Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
7 Nov 2019
6:20 am

Siya Kolisi is pure black magic and black excellence

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

This is a story of hope that our children must go to bed with – dream it; you can be it.

Siya Kolisi and South Africa President raise the Webb Ellis Cup after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final match between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: Juan Jose Gasparini / Gallo Images

If there is anything the Rugby World Cup taught me, is that hard work leads to dreams being fulfilled. It also teaches me that the dreams of a child are attainable – and what a sight when they are met! In the squalor of poverty, we are not encouraged to dream – we are told to go out there and make ourselves employable. Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has such a story: this is a man who was raised in poverty. He liked school because he was guaranteed a free meal at school – sometimes his only for the day. A...