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Siya Kolisi Pays Homage To The Man Who Changed His Life

Siya Kolisi has paid homage and glowing tribute to the Grey High old boy who paid for the school bursary that the World Cup-winning Bok skipper admits changed the course of his life for the better.

More than a decade ago, Kolisi was the first recipient of the Vincent Mai Bursary Scheme, which allowed him to attend prestigious Grey High in Port Elizabeth.

Mai had attended Grey High before going on to the University of Cape Town where he excelled at rugby while studying accountancy. 

After a respecteable career in London and USA as a merchant banker, Mai then went on to launch a bursary scheme at his old school for worthy recipients from lesser privileged backgrounds, with Kolisi emerging as a benefactor.

“Thank you Vincent for your kindness and generosity. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Excited for the future we will build in South Africa” said the Springbok captain on Twitter.


“Vincent is a fellow Grey boy and has invested in hundreds of kids in SA through bursaries, the majority of the time without ever meeting them.

“I was one of those kids. Without the opportunity, there is no way I’d be where I am today. He sowed into my life without ever knowing what would come from it, and I couldn’t be more grateful.” said Kolisi on Instagram and Twitter.

By Gerald Dandah

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