Mangaliso (Mango) Ncunca took part in the Primary Schools Craven Week playing for the Griffons. He was invited to attend the “KES experience” and knew straight away he wanted to be a KES boy. Mango lives with his grandmother who could not afford the fees, so the TAG Foundation stepped in to help and Mango says that changed his life. He added that it is his dream to hopefully play for the Reds one of these days.
Mango is a talented sportsman. He was part of the school’s elite athletics programme in the first term where he competed in the 400m and long jump. He also played centre for the under-14A and 15A rugby teams. He said not everyone had played rugby before and the boys did not know each other but now they are developing into a good, strong team. Since the day he arrived at King Edward VII he has dreamt of the day when he can wear the red first team rugby jersey and run out to the incredible support from all who attend the Reds games on Saturdays.
Hostel life suits Mango, he likes being responsible for himself and he enjoys having boys around him all the time. He describes his academic work as “not bad” but admits he can do a lot better. The system of matric mentors in the hostel works for him. One boy in particular Damien Bonhagen-Kuhn took him under his wing and helped him a great deal with his school work – especially Afrikaans and he also taught Mango how to “handle himself as a KES boy.”
What really impressed Mango is the brotherhood in the school. He says no matter what you do there are people there supporting you and that motivates him to do well and repay them for their support – maybe by scoring some tries for the Reds one day!