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The Bok win won’t fix Eskom or sway Moody’s – it did something ...


The Bok win won’t fix Eskom or sway Moody’s – it did something bigger

FREE TO READ | It brought together a demoralised people across lines of race, class, religion and culture


Something shifted in SA since that almighty victory in the Rugby World Cup over England in Tokyo, Japan, last weekend. From forgettable townships with open sewage to familiar watering holes in small rural towns to well-padded boardrooms in the big cities, rugby did something that no other sporting code has yet done – it brought a groundswell of joy and celebration among black and white, rich and poor, the working classes and the wealthy suburbanites. Something changed in Mzansi.

That victory tapped into all the heartwarming symbolisms that move this country in times of crisis. The first black rugby captain clearly respected his white coach who in turn shows unconcealed admiration for his leader on the field. You need more than common purpose in winning a World Cup; you need chemistry among the leaders, and the photograph of Siya Kolisi leaning into the chest of this wily rugby coach will not be forgotten easily.

There was the first black woman to lead a World Cup rugby panel of (male) commentators, black and white, on SuperSport, a landmark achievement that almost passed unnoticed. Motshidisi Mohono was simply outstanding with her knowledge of rugby, her calm excitement and her ability to manage a group of men who actually played the game at one stage in their careers. I never thought I’d see such a transformation on the set of a very masculine and male chauvinist rugby culture...

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