Ministry and department of Sport, Arts and Culture commiserate message to legend Stallenberg and Xulu families

7 May 2020

Ministry and the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has learned with sadness the passing away of two sport legends Mike Stalleberg and Cedric “Sugar Ray” Xulu who passed on last Saturday and Monday, respectively.

Department under the leadership of Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Deputy Minister Nocawe Mafu joined the rest of the country in sending its tribute to both members of the deceased families.

In its moving Tribute and messages to both families and their friends, Deputy Minister Nocawe Mafu had this to say,

“The passing of these legends happens at the time when the world is battling against the faceless enemy, COVID-19. Our country is currently experiencing sporting activities sterility due to this monster. The passing of both these sport legends has indeed compounded to the already sombre mode that we are currently experiencing in the country. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to both their families and friends, we pray that GOD give them strength to overcome their grief and not to despair. They must indeed know that we have them in our thoughts and prayers. On behalf of the people of South Africa, as the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, we dip our banners as we remember with utmost appreciation their contribution to SA sport May their souls’ repose in eternal peace” Deputy Minister Nocawe Mafu.

Who is Mike Stallenberg: Legendary rugby player and well – known administrator hailing from Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Province stalwart passed on this past Saturday having last month celebrated his 81st birthday. During his Rugby or sporting career, Stallenberg became a player, coach and an administrator holding various sporting positions along the way.       

In his early days, he played a number of sporting codes but due to his prowess as a coach and manager in the rugby field, lead to him entrenching his name in the game of rugby and the sporting fraternity at large. He guided many sportsmen and women during his time and became one of the founding members of the Glen Roses Rugby Club, formed in 1961.

His life is chronicled by those who knew as that of someone who contributed towards the establishment of a non-racial society in a number of ways and was humble enough to do so without seeking . The limelight.

He is also being remembered as someone who left a legacy that will never be forgotten based on his contribution to Eastern Cape sport.

Who is Cedric ‘Sugar Ray’ Xulu: The name is associated with discipline and skill in the football field. The legend ploughed his trade for Amazulu football club earning himself the nickname Sugar Ray.
He passed away in Pinetown on Monday evening at 81.  
The Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont, just outside Durban, has been named in his honour due to his discipline and dedication in the field of play. His dedication to AmaZulu football club earned him the unprecedented honour to date.    

The late Cedric ‘Sugar Ray’ Xulu, to those who knew him, is described as very quiet humble gentleman and soft-spoken. He gave his dedication to Amazulu FC and most important spent majority of his time with youngsters in the club telling them the importance of dedication, discipline and loyalty. He remains one of the country’s best players of yester year and mentioning of his name, still remains a thorn  to most of his legendary peers.   

May both their souls rest in eternal peace.

Ms Masechaba Ndlovu (Spokesperson) Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

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Ms Zimasa Velaphi Chief Director Communications and Marketing: Arts and Culture

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Mickey Modisane (Chief Director) Communications and Marketing: Sport and Recreation

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NB: To defeat COVID-19 pandemic, the department urge everyone to continue abiding by the President call and Disaster management regulations and minimise unnecessary movement. Let’s continue to abide by basic hygiene principles by constant washing of hands with soap or constant use of hand sanitiser. Should one be forced to live home, one will be required to wear a face mask at all times. Continuance doing this, will go a long way in protecting all of us from contacting COVID – 19 and assist with combating the spread. Our continuance practice of the above-mentioned elements will definitely bring us a step closer to clamping the spread of COVID- 19.

Issued by the Ministry and Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.