• Beast: We need to harness our diversity

    Former Springbok prop Beast Mtawarira has stood in solidarity with Siya Kolisi and encouraged difficult conversations in a heartfelt video post.

     

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    After listening to Siya’s take on black live’s matter and inclusion in South Africa, I felt compelled to make this video and stand in solidarity and support with him. I have a full understanding of how systems in our country have marginalized certain demographics and ethnic groups. It’s not easy doubting and second guessing yourself, not because of your lack of talent and drive but because you do not fall into certain “acceptable” categories . It’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that you have to put in twice the work to get half the opportunities available. We need to afford eachother the same equal opportunities in sport, corporate spaces, schools and the communities at large. We need also harness the power of our diversity. But diversity with no inclusion is futile. I’m glad over the last 2 years the Springboks through Rassie’s leadership, have begun to address what was once the elephant in the room and it’s already started to bear tremendous fruit. I look forward to the day when this blueprint is the norm rather than the exception #blacklivesmatter✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿#bethechangeyouwanttosee#thetimeisnow 👊🏽👊🏽#pavingthewayforthenextgeneration

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