Makhaya Ntini


Cricketer Makhaya has come a long way since herding cattle in the rural Eastern Cape village of Mdingi, near King William’s Town.

That’s where his talent was spotted and how he became involved in the United Cricket Board’s development programme. Born in 1977, Makhaya attended Dale College and went on to play for South African Schools in 1995 and then become the first black man to represent South Africa on the cricket field when he was selected to the national side in 1998. Since then, he has transformed into the country’s top bowler, twice being named as the Mutual and Federal South African cricketer of the year. In 2003, Makhaya became the first South African to take 10 wickets at Lord’s against England and then went on to record the best figures by a South African bowler in Trinidad in 2005 with 13 for 132 against the West Indies.

The amicable fast bowler, who has fast become a favourite with South African fans, was also named as player of the series in this year’s series against New Zealand after taking 20 wickets in three Tests.

Lunch Spot : Mugg and Bean, Vincent Park