South African rugby, led by Springbok wing Bryan Habana, on Friday did their bit as part of the Nelson Mandela Day celebrations by helping uplift the community in Nyanga, east of Cape Town.
Habana, the record holder for the most tries ever in Tests for the Springboks, was accompanied by staff members of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) as they gave 67 minutes of community service at Monwabisi Old Age Home and Nyanga Stadium, home of the Lagunya Rugby Club, in Nyanga.
Activities included cleaning at the old age home and taking part in a TAG Rugby clinic where Habana tested his skills against the children.
Habana also read to children of the community in Nyanga, promoting reading as part of SARU’s Boks for Books campaign.
“Former President Nelson Mandela played such a massive role in our wonderful country and it’s a privilege to be able to give back in his honour,” said Habana.
“The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. By getting involved in Nyanga today, we’re doing our small part in helping to empower the community.
“We’re very fortunate that we are able to give back to the people and to serve fellow South Africans, no matter where they are from. I’ve experienced first-hand how rugby can play a role in uplifting our fellow South Africans and it’s something that is very dear to me,” added Habana.