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Tendai Mtawarira becomes first Springboks black player to earn 100 caps
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Africans rising Tendai Mtawarira becomes first Springboks black player to earn 100 caps

The recent appointment of Siyamthanda Kolisi as the first black captain of the Springboks after 127 years, 478 tests and 60 white captains in South African rugby heralded a new chapter. Last week, Springboks prop Tendai Mtawarira became the first black South African to earn 100 caps. Is South African rugby becoming more diverse and inclusive?

Meet Nthabeleng Likotsi, the woman set to become South Africa’s first black female bank owner
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Africans rising Meet Nthabeleng Likotsi, the woman set to become South Africa’s first black female bank owner

Nthabeleng Likotsi is on course to establish the first black women-owned bank in South Africa. Her aim is for the bank to empower black female entrepreneurs with the financial support they lack. “I asked myself what it meant to be a young black woman in South Africa. Truth is that not much is happening for black women.”

Lt. Col Phetogo Molawa, South Africa’s first African woman Officer Commanding SA Air Force Station
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Africans rising Lt. Col Phetogo Molawa, South Africa’s first African woman Officer Commanding SA Air Force Station

At the age of 21 years old, Phetogo Molawa became 2nd Lieutenant in the South African Air Force and the first African woman to attain her helicopter licence. Now at the age of 32, Lieutenant Colonel Molawa has made history as the first African woman to be made the Officer Commanding based at the Air Force Station Port Elizabeth.