Temba Bavuma lays foundations to end poverty’s perpetual cycle

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Temba Bavuma lays foundations to end poverty’s perpetual cycle

The top cricketer’s foundation aims to give talented disadvantaged youngsters the chance to realise their potential

Sydney Seshibedi

Temba Bavuma is a tower of South African cricket, whose leadership on the pitch is well known among followers of the sport. But the sportsman’s life does not only revolve within ovals. In 2016 he started the Temba Bavuma Foundation.

He says starting his organisation while actively playing cricket felt right at the time and he never looked back. The foundation would be able to feed on his name as his career soared. “People can forget you quite quickly once you stop playing,” he says. His aim is to build the type of legacy that will not be so easily forgettable.

The foundation’s cardinal strategy is to make a lasting impact on society by educating young people from families with slender means and the potential to achieve further if given access to better education and sporting facilities. Bavuma and his trustees, led by his fellow St David’s Marist Inanda old boy and friend Tyson Sithole, sought partnerships with organisations that could make the salient objectives of the foundation possible to achieve. A partnership with the foundation of his alma mater is one of them. ..

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