Tough as nails South Africa Rugby captain Siya Kolisi experienced life the hard way, coming from a poverty stricken background to use his talent and tough upbringing to be on top of the sporting world.
His life story of stoicism and overcoming adversity seems to be reflected in his choice of car, as he drives around in a R1.5Million Land Rover Discovery.
The Landrover Discovery is perfectly suited and designed to conquer any terrain just as Kolisi has overcome every limiting belief in his life to muscle his way to the zenith of World Cup to forever remain etched in the memory and hearts of 57 million South Africans.
Kolisi was an underweight child who slept on the floor and survived on jam sandwiches but somehow fate located him and he kissed goodbye to the hard life to begin a journey that has took him to the apex of sporting excellence.
His amazing talent took him from the lair of impoverishment to the rich pickings of professionalised sport that began when he was spotted by the prestigious Grey High School and offered a full scholarship that was to completely change his life for the better.
Siya lifting the Webb Ellis Cup amid the euphoria and organised cacophony of chaos in Yokohama, Japan was the crowning glory of an incredible journey that began in the dusty streets of Zwide, a township outside Port Elizabeth.
This became a shining example of what sport can do uplift and unite a society and better still a nation short of dreams.
He has surely outgrown himself to become a shining beacon of hope for South Africa.
“It’s around eight and a half hours one way but the Discovery makes it feel like a pleasure cruise. That diesel engine makes for effortless overtaking and it is surprisingly light on fuel too.”
“The roads to the Eastern Cape aren’t exactly in good shape, but I know Land Rovers thrive in tough conditions. I know my family and I are safe when the going gets rough on the N2. ” said Kolisi proudly showcasing his white sleak, exquisite and luxurious drive. The harder they come the harder they surely fall.
Kolisi is definitely enjoying life in the fast lane having been a Land Rover ambassador for the past five years.
By Gerald Dandah