Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket Award 2019
Here are the recipients of the Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket Awards 2019
Yusuf Bhamjee (Athletics and Sport Activist)
Bhamjee was born on 10 January 1950 in Wolmaransstad. He attended the Islamia Primary and Woodlands High school before he pursued with his academic studies in Dublin, Irend. Bhamjee was a mercurial talented sportsman, who always channeled his competitiveness in the right direction. At school level, he was the indisputable sprint champion. He achieved the rare distinction of equaling the South African 100m sprint record, whilst representing Natal High School in the national athletic championships. He also received his Natal Schools colours in cricket. He was an accomplished bowler and a fine forceful batsman who had a solid technique and a mind impervious to distractions. A stalwart member of Young Natalians FC, he was also an accomplished soccer player.
He was a firm believer in hard work, persistence, passion and the educational value of sports. He was committed to achieving youth development through sport. Later in his life, his former lecturer in Political Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal entered into politics. An astute researcher, Bhamjee produced a number of working papers including the one on Aspects of the non-racial sports movement exposing the inequalities in sports facilities during the Apartheid era. As a political activist he was detained by the regime. He displayed great and excellent leadership during the times when apartheid government was vigorously entrenching its racist laws in South Africa. He was very sure and firm about the anti-apartheid movement and very principled in the great fight against the oppressive regime.
In 1989 accompanied by his wife, the late Dr Sabera Bhamjee, they successfully lobbied the Australian government on foreign affairs and trade, the Australian Cricket Association and the Melbourne Olympic committee to maintain the sports boycott, to honour the Glen Eagles Agreement and to maintain their twenty years ban on Australian sports person who violated the call to boycott South Africa sports. In 1990, he served as a co-coordinator of the campaign which led to the cancellation of getting cricket rebel tour to the country. Sabera supported and encouraged him because she knew the historic task which he had made his life’s work, was the moral duty of us all. Bhamjee become an active member and thereby earning his political stripes in the NIC, the UDF and ANC where he was able to apply the political knowledge gained in his earlier years. What is truly remarkable is that he had sustained that kind of work throughout his life with a degree of zeal and intensity which is not often seen from a sports person.
Levi Madi (Boxing)
He was born Kgabaletsane Village in Pretoria on April 04, 1934
Madi was at his splendid best when he beat the rugged all action Sexton Mabena who had just returned from a successful campaign in the United K ingdom, in July 1960, on points over 12 rounds to win the South African featherweight title. He held the title for ten years, making ten successful defences, but lost and regained it on two occasions in that period. First to Elias “Baby Face” Tshabalala and then to Shole “Tiger Floor” Mokoena.
The loss of his title to Tshabalala in March 1963 was controversial when Madi was disqualified for a head butt in the ninth round. However, he made no mistake in the return fight some eight months later when he stopped Tshabalala in the fourth round and later in October 1964 clearly outpointed Tshabalala over 12 rounds to retain the title.
In September 1966 he lost the featherweight title once again in losing on points to Shole Mokoena, but claimed it back again 8 months later with a well earned decision.
He held the South African non-white featherweight title when the sport was segregated.
Anthony Morodi, (Boxer) Posthumously
Born on the farm Potloodspruit near Lydenburg on April 9, 1943, Morodi will always be remembered as the fighter who stood on his head to make the weight before a title fight.
On March 4, 1972, when he was scheduled to defend his SA lightweight title against Moses Mthembu at Curries Fountain in Durban. He was over the limit at the morning’s weigh-in and Theo Mthembu calmly told him to stand on his head while a couple of camp members massaged his legs.
After a few minutes of massaging, Morodi got back on the scale. This time, he was within the limit and he went on to retain his title when he knocked out the challenger in the 11th round. Theo Mtembu, who was a sports writer for the Golden City Post, made contact with Morodi while watching him play soccer for Mofolo Dynamos against Kliptown Rangers in 1958.
The young centre forward impressed Mthembu with his speed and agility, and after the match Mthembu asked him to come to his boxing club for a workout. Morodi arrived the next day and it turned out to be the beginning of a partnership that lasted for more than 20 years.
In 1963, Morodi won the Johannesburg and District and Transvaal amateur featherweight titles, but was beaten in the final of the SA championships. The next year he again won the Johannesburg and District and Transvaal featherweight titles before joining the professional ranks on December 5. His first fight ended in a second-round stoppage win over Amos Nkosi.
Morodi won his first professional belt in October 1966 when he out-pointed Mohamed Patel for the vacant Transvaal featherweight title. After an unbeaten string of 11 fights, he went on to win the SA bantamweight title with a 12-round points decision over Caswell Juqula at the Orlando Stadium in December 1967.
Morodi retained the bantamweight title against John Mthimkulu and Rex Ngcongwane, stopping both in the 12th round. In October 1968, he lost to future WBA bantamweight champion Arnold Taylor on points over six rounds in Maseru.
Because of weight problems, he relinquished the bantamweight title and moved up to lightweight.
Mr. Budlwana Mbelle (Posthumously)
Isaiah Budlwana Mbelle (1870-1947) was an extraordinary talented organizer and community leader who in 1917, became the secretary General of the South African Native National Congress, the forerunner of the African National Congress.
Mbelle was schooled and played Rugby and Cricket at Healdtown in the Eastern Cape, a prestigious School that had, during that time produced many prominent Sports People. In his adult life he served with the political activist, Sol Plaatjie as a leader in the South African Coloured Cricket Board
He was instrumental in establishing the “Barnato Memorial Trophy, a Cricket competition for Black Cricketers that took place for the first time in 1898/1899 in Port Elizabeth. For many years Barnato Trophy was the most coveted price in Black Cricket.
Dan Dumile Qeqe (Sport Administrator) Posthumously
Dan Qeqe was born in 1929 in Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape Province. Dan Qeqe was a prominent sports administrator who struggled to establish non-racial sport in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. When the Bantu Administration Board denied him access for black teams to sports grounds, he rallied the community to build his own rugby stadium.
Qeqe joined Spring Rose Rugby Football Club in the 1950s after leaving Fort Beaufort for Port Elizabeth.
During the 1970s Dan Qeqe administered non-racial rugby and cricket in the Eastern Cape. Qeqe also campaigned for better living conditions, which inevitably brought him in conflict with the apartheid regime, and he was often harassed and detained by the Security Branch of the South African Police. After the Bantu Administration Board denied the Kwazakele Rugby Union (Kwaru) access to sports grounds, Qeqe led the fight to build his own stadium.
As a deacon of the Edward Memorial Congregational Church, he also helped to build two churches in Motherwell and KwaMagxaki townships