The Nashua Mobile Future Stars initiative, which gives young sporting stars from disadvantaged backgrounds a boost in their careers, is helping new sports talents such as Wandile Mjekevu to rise to prominence.
Mjekevu is a winger for the Super 14 Lions rugby team. Under the Future Stars programme, he benefitted from financial assistance and guidance in developing his sports ability. Mjekevu was selected as a beneficiary for the programme, when he was a scholar at KES, because Nashua Mobile saw in him the potential to become a major provincial and perhaps even national rugby player in the years to come.
Says Doug Mattheus, marketing director at Nashua Mobile: “Nashua Mobile is a passionate supporter of sport because we believe that it has an invaluable role to play in uplifting individuals and communities. It’s not enough to support and sponsor sport at the provincial and national level – we also want to play a role in developing the talent that will represent our country in the future.”
“Nashua Mobile’s support through the Future Stars programme has really given my rugby career a boost,” says Mjekevu. “Thanks to this opportunity, I have been able to focus my energy on my rugby and on developing my ability in the sport and have recently been selected for the SA under 20 team.”
Mjekvu’s achievements to date include:
– Vodacom Super 14 Lions squad (2010)
– SA Under-18 High Performance squad (2009)
– Golden Lions Under-19 (2009)
– SA Schools colours (2008)
– Part of SARU’s High Performance Programmes (2008)