Temba Bavuma

TEAM: Imperial Lions Johannesburg, South African cricket team

HOMETOWN: Township of Langa, Cape Town, South Africa

DATE OF BIRTH: May 17 1990

POSITION: Batsman

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Temba Bavuma is a South African cricket player who currently captains the limited-overs national teams in the One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International formats. He was appointed as captain in March 2021, becoming the first black African player to captain the Proteas. Bavuma made his debut for South Africa in 2014 against the West Indies, and made history by becoming the first black African batsmen to score a Test century for the Proteas. Bavuma grew up in the sporting rich township of Langa near Cape Town in South Africa, but finished his schooling career at the prestigious boys’ school St David’s Marist in Johannesburg. He experienced both sides of the economic food-chain but ultimately broke cricket’s glass ceiling. His rise to the peak of his game has seen him continue to create a path for the next generation of an elitist sport. He established the Temba Bavuma Foundation in 2016, with a view of making a meaningful difference to the lives of scholars from previously disadvantaged backgrounds through education and the sport of cricket. The foundation work is a passionate platform for Bavuma, who wants to inspire the next generation of cricketers.


ACHIEVEMENTS
First black African player to captain South Africa
First black South Africa player to score a Test century
Cricket South Africa T20 Challenge winner 2021 ©
Cricket South Africa Four-day Series winner 2020 ©

PHILANTHROPY
The Temba Bavuma Foundation was started in 2016, with a view to make a meaningful difference in the lives of scholars from previously disadvantaged backgrounds through education and the sport of cricket. The key areas of focus include providing financial support through scholarships for talented scholars to access the best quality schools in South Africa (primary, secondary and tertiary school), facilitating cricket clinics for talented young cricketers in the townships and the refurbishment and upgrading of cricket facilities in the townships.