Temba Bavuma

TEAM: South Africa Proteas team

HOMETOWN: Langa, Cape Town, South Africa

DATE OF BIRTH: May 17, 1990


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.

He made his debut for South Africa in 2014 against the West Indies, and made further 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.

The influential batsman is a key member of the Proteas lineup in all forms of the game, while he was a Cricket South Africa T20 Challenge winner in 2021, and led the Highveld Lions to success in the 4-Day Franchise Series during the 2018/19 season; claiming a title that was then successfully defended a year later.

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. 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.