Cricketers do it for Madiba

Players from the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras and the Highveld Lions celebrated Mandela Day.

Cobras coach Paul Adams and his team do their bit for Mandela Day at Thandokhulu Secondary School in Mowbray. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras all-rounder Justin Kemp on Wednesday said it was nice to give back to the community.

The Cape franchise spent the morning at Thandokhulu Secondary in Mowbray making sandwiches for the pupils as part of their Mandela Day celebrations.

The former president turns 94 and is celebrating his day at home in Qunu.

The Cobras also donated cricket equipment to the school.

Kemp said helping out on Mandela Day was the least they could do.

"Cricket has been good to us, so it's nice to give back. Just to see guys excited about a sandwich really puts life into perspective."

In Krugersdorp, the Highveld Lions Cricket Team visited the Lodirile High School, to hold a clinic for pupils interested in the sport.

Players trained youngsters at the school to improve the level of cricket in disadvantaged communities.

Many players said it was a fitting tribute to Madiba.

The initiative will not end on Wednesday, as cricket nets will be erected at the school later in the year.

The school's cricket team will also receive a brand new cricket kit from sponsors.