Springbok legend Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira has teamed up with the Sharks in a charity partnership which seeks to assist small businesses and families in KwaZulu-Natal that were affected by last month’s unrest.
More than 300 people died in the disturbances described by authorities as an “attempted insurgency”.
Billions of rand were lost when shops were looted, haulage trucks set alight and infrastructure destroyed.
This week, 36-year-old Mtawarira’s Beast Foundation announced the rebuilding partnership with the Sharks on social media.
The partnership comes after the Sharks committed a starting contribution of R1 million towards their #handsofhope campaign.
The Zimbabwean-born former Bok said his Beast Foundation has partnered with the Sharks’ Hands of Hope initiative.
Hands of Hope will provide food parcels, a soup kitchen and help rebuild small businesses and community facilities damaged during the unrest.
“I urge you all to support the initiative by donating and nominating businesses that need to be rebuilt through this link,” said Mtawarira, fondly known as the Beast to rugby fans.
He said his foundation and the Sharks have set up a GoFundMe account. They are hoping to raise US$10 000 towards the cause.
The Beast made more than 150 Super Rugby appearances for the Sharks between 2007 and 2019.
Mtawarira, who retired from international rugby after guiding the Springboks to a World Cup triumph in 2019, launched his foundation in September last year.
The foundation aims to support and grow communities by uplifting the underprivileged youth in Africa as well as to inspire, unite and build communities by empowering young people through sport, education and life skills development.
“The Beast Foundation believes that by working together, we will be able to restore dignity, hope and unify the people of KwaZulu Natal and South Africa,” said Mtawarira.
The Sharks have already raised R1.5 million towards the Hands of Hope.