cricketers will showcase their skills at Sunfoil Township Tournament
For the ninth time in a decade, the pick of KwaZulu-Natal’s township
cricketers will measure their skills against one another at the 2016
Sunfoil Township Tournament to be held at Hilton College from 28 June to 2
This annual tournament is organised by the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union (KZNCU)
Township and Rural Development Programme in partnership with Willowton
Group, manufacturers of Sunfoil cooking oil, and the Department of Sports
and Recreation in the province.
Its purpose is to give disadvantaged young cricketers the opportunity to
compete against other leading players under match conditions in an event
which has become an eagerly anticipated beacon on the sporting calendar.
This year, 336 players and coaches will be participating from areas like
KwaMashu, Umlazi, Mpumalanga, KwaDabeka, Pongola, Mbali and Sweet Water. A
total of 24 teams will take part - twelve made up of U15 players and
twelve by U19s. They will play 49 T20 matches in total.
In both the U19 and U15 age groups, eight of the teams will be from KZN,
with four teams coming from other provinces. The visiting teams represent
Gauteng, Northern Cape, Border and Western Province.
The KZN Sunfoil Elite Squad is announced at the award ceremony on the
final day. After the closing ceremony, a team of the best KZN players in
each age group take on the top visiting teams in two hotly contested
Shoaib Moosa, Chief Commercial Officer of Willowton Group said that
witnessing the journey of these young township players into fine
cricketers was an inspiration and one of the many benefits that came from
Willowton Group’s sponsorship of the tournament.
“Our sponsorship of cricket in South Africa, through our Sunfoil brand,
has taken many forms at all levels over a long period, from the
development programmes to the pinnacle of the national Test Series.
“Whilst, all aspects of our support have provided exceptional moments and
long-term benefits, our involvement with development cricket at grassroots
level is arguably the most rewarding because, for many underprivileged
youngsters, it provides life-changing opportunities.”
“It is not just about creating young cricketing stars of the future,
although this is undoubtedly happening, it is also about giving youngsters
with few advantages a chance to play a sport which gives them joy and that
teaches them life skills they will draw on into adulthood.”
Sanelisiwe Kuzwayo, Manager of KZNCU’s Township and Rural Development
Programme, said that the boys were eagerly anticipating the tournament.
“Within township cricket in the province, this is the biggest event that
happens. It transforms lives and the boys know this.”
“This is where we identify boys for whom we can apply for bursaries and
scholarships at top cricketing schools. This is also where we select the
cricketers who will be sent for KZN trials, as well as those who will be
part of the high performance programme within the development setup.”
She added that it wasn’t just the cricketing aspects that the boys looked
forward to. “Most of these boys come from very poor backgrounds. Some go
to bed without having anything to eat,” she explained. “For them, staying
at Hilton College is like being in a hotel – they get three meals a day,
they get to have hot water showers and sleep in comfortable beds.”
Kuzwayo encouraged members of the public to come and support the boys at
the tournament, pointing out that it was not possible for their parents to
Pete de Wet, CEO of the Sunfoil Dolphins, said that KZNCU’s longstanding
partnership with Willowton Group in staging the township tournaments had
produced outstanding results.
“Our aim is to continually take development cricket in the province to
even higher levels and there is no doubt that this is happening.
Exceptional young talent is being identified, fostered and cultivated into
quality young cricketers who have a real chance of making their mark in
“The results speak for themselves. We had 55 township teams playing in the
Durban & District Cricket Union league in the 2015/16 season and they
acquitted themselves admirably.”
“Mpumalanga won division 3 of the league in the senior phase and Ink 1
Lindelani won division 2, also in the senior league. Twenty-five boys and
seven females were selected to represent KZN teams in all age groups, from
U11 to U19.”
“We were enormously proud when, for the second year running, the U13 elite
boys won the championship title in the Sunfoil U13 Gauteng Township Night
Tournament,” Pete de Wet said.
Three KZN township boys on bursaries from the Sunfoil Education Trust
receive financial assistance to attend highly regarded schools such as
Northwood and Glenwood.
It was also a fruitful season for the KZN township ladies with seven girls
being selected for KZN provincial teams. One was called up to play for the
SA women’s squad and another was chosen for Cricket SA’s national camp in
Pretoria. The KZN girls’ tournament will take place again this year on 9
Moosa said that the township cricket programme not only provided
opportunities for individuals, it also generated a groundswell of
interest, support and a love of the game in disadvantaged communities
which was beneficial for everyone involved.”
More information can be found at
About the KZNCU Township and Rural Development Programme
The KZNCU Township and Rural Development Programme is responsible for
introducing cricket to children living in the province’s townships and
rural areas; as well as nurturing their cricketing talent. The programme
currently works with 7 630 children in 36 townships and rural areas as far
afield as Gamalakhe and Mtubatuba.