World Cup-winning Springbok captain Siya Kolisi hopes his off-field projects will leave a lasting legacy.
Kolisi is working with Vincent Mai, the South African businessman and philanthropist who paid for his Grey High bursary, to build sports fields around the country.
This week, work started on a new rugby field at Mbekweni Youth Centre near Cape Town.
Kolisi told Radio 1 Newsbeat that he wanted to capitalise on the euphoria surrounding the Springboks’ 2019 World Cup win.
‘I’ve never seen anything like that in my lifetime,’ he said of the celebrations around the country. ‘That’s why we are doing lots of work to make sure it maintains and keeps on going.
‘This is the momentum you’ve got to use. Hopefully, we can do stuff right now that could mean change for decades.’
Kolisi is also supporting work to improve schools.
‘I know what it feels like to not have proper rugby fields and facilities,’ he said. ‘My goal is to make sure that one day everyone has a fair opportunity and all the schools play against each other, like kids who are disadvantaged play guys from the suburbs.
‘I want to start opening computer rooms and improve bathrooms too. When I was in school, you didn’t want to go to the bathroom because the bathroom was so horrible, so we’re hoping to change that too.’