MTN South Africa pledged R30 million to the SA Rugby Growth Fund. The money will be used to nurture the future rugby stars in order for Mzansi to continue dominating rugby at the world stage.
According to the SA mobile network operator, the donation will be split into R10 million per year for the next three years and is made in recognition of the Springbok’s historic victory at Rugby World Cup 2023.
Speaking about the pledge, Charles Molapisi, CEO at MTN SA said, “We are deeply privileged to have been a part of this journey alongside the Springboks. Each one of you has consistently shown us what nation-building, unity and unwavering dedication can achieve.”
“This contribution is to help SA Rugby ensure that the next generation of players of this calibre can be discovered, from every corner of the country, to ensure the next Siya is nurtured and developed through the rugby ranks.”
Molapisi expressed his gratitude to the millions of South Africans who showed their fervent support for the the Springboks. He said that the people who sent their well-wishes through MTN platforms, participated in the MTN Gwijo challenge, or travelled to France, demonstrated a powerful spirit of unity and encouragement.
“Our longstanding partnership with the Springboks has been instrumental in driving significant social change over the years, touching the lives of South Africans from all walks of life. As a country, we needed this. And we thank you for it,” Molapisi continued.
“Our heartfelt appreciation goes too, to the Springbok coaches and management team, the South African Rugby Union and its technical team for enabling us to be in the action right alongside the Boks.”