WATCH! Sports stars do charity work

Cheslin Kolbe

Many have lost their income as a result of the national lockdown and are now in dire need of food and other essential items. This has presented South African sports stars with the opportunity to give back to the people who support them on the field, and they have put all their resources together to lend a hand.

Sports stars - Siya Kolisi

Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi, together with his wife Rachel, has set up The Kolisi Foundation, whose mission it is to alleviate extreme poverty and bring hope to people and provide opportunities to those with undiscovered talent. During this pandemic Siya, Rachel and their team have put together hundreds and food parcels and given them to communities in need all over the country. Siya has also donated one of his Rugby World Cup playing jerseys to SA Rugby’s #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign, which is fighting to alleviate hunger.



Cricketer Temba Bavuma has also set up his own foundation, The Temba Bavuma Foundation, which aims to facilitate the emergence and development of young sporting talent from previously disadvantaged areas. As part of their goal to bring about change during these rough times, the foundation has partnered with Pick ‘n Pay for their Feed the Nation campaign, and has delivered food parcels to poor communities around the country.


Cricketer AB de Villiers is giving away one of his Proteas T20 playing jerseys as part of the #allin4africa challenge. The All In For Africa challenge aims to raise as much money as possible for charities while giving fans the opportunity to make their dreams come true and win an item owned by one of their favourite sports stars or celebrities. All the money raised through this challenge will go towards feeding people in need in South Africa. Proteas cricketer Dale Steyn and Springbok rugby players Pieter-Steph du Toit and Willie le Roux have also donated items for this initiative.


Sports stars Cheslin Kolbe

Springbok rugby player Cheslin Kolbe has also being doing his part during the pandemic by handing out food parcels to under-privileged communities in Cape Town for the Be The Difference Foundation – an NPO striving towards positive development in their community by serving others with hope. Cheslin was supposed to be playing rugby in France during this time; however, he is thankful that he has been able to spend quality time with his family in Cape Town during the lockdown. Being in lockdown in Cape Town instead of abroad has given him the chance to give back to the people that support him and the Springboks.

Sports stars - JP Duminy

Cricketer JP Duminy and his JP21 Foundation have partnered with the National Awqaf SA Foundation to provide food parcels and supplies to the kids and their families that the JP21 Foundation supports. The JP21 Foundation inspires minds, provides opportunities and is an instrument for change. It is dedicated to revitalising the game of cricket in under-developed communities and schools, as well as communities plagued by gang violence and substance abuse.

Sports stars - Elton Jantjies

Springbok Elton Jantjies joined SA rugby legends Stefan Terblanche, John Smit and Joel Stransky to also make a difference.  They spent time shopping at a local grocery store for thousands of essential food items, which they then packed into food parcels and handed out to people in need. What an awesome initiative!