Zizi Kodwa hailed as a rare minister who understands South African rugby

Revered sports writer Mark Keohane took to his column on TimesLive praising Minister of Sport Zizi Kodwa for his appreciation of rugby’s unifying power and his avoidance of divisive racial narratives.

Keohane commends Kodwa for endorsing the new Springbok coaching team appointed by SA Rugby, without focusing on race, despite predictable criticism suggesting a lack of black appointments.

Kodwa’s tweet endorsing the new appointments to the Springboks technical team demonstrates his support for the coaching staff, regardless of their race.

He welcomes Rassie Erasmus’s return as head coach and the inclusion of newcomers Jerry Flannery and Tony Brown.

This endorsement is significant because it shows Kodwa’s willingness to judge the coaching team based on their qualifications and abilities, rather than their racial backgrounds.

Furthermore, Kodwa recognizes the importance of former players in coaching and sports administration.

He applauds the appointment of recently retired Bok legend Duane Vermeulen, highlighting the key pathway to coaching and sports administration for ex-players.

This shows Kodwa’s understanding of the value that former players bring to the sport and his support for their involvement in leadership roles.

Keohane praises Kodwa for his approach, stating that it is refreshing to see a sports minister who focuses on the unifying power of rugby rather than perpetuating divisive racial narratives.

He believes that Kodwa’s support of the coaching team and recognition of the role of former players will help elevate South African rugby.

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